Is your course perfect?

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I thought I would create a post which would give students the opportunity to give feedback on how Stonebridge could IMPROVE your course. It's also an opportunity to showcase anything you thought was really good that Stonebridge have done while you have been enrolled on your course.

Most of the threads in the community are either questions about specific things or issues that need to be resolved - but I think it is important that your views are heard so that courses and students experiences can be made better.

In your replies please include:
  1. Your course title and level.
  2. One thing that Stonebridge could Improve upon - and why.
  3. One thing you think Stonebridge has done well and should do more of!
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James Gilfoyle

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James Gilfoyle

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Thought I would make a start:

1. Stress Management Coaching & Consultancy Level 4

2. I think Stonebridge could improve the delivery of courses to accommodate different types of learners. One idea I have is that through e-learn you could have some or all assignments delivered via video to support and compliment the written information provided. You could even get the students involved - get them to submit their own videos!

3. I really liked the fact that you guys allowed me to have all of my assignments sent out at once. Okay it cost me (It was fair for me to cover the extra postage cost I think!) It has really helped me and I think it might be a good idea to have this as an option when enrolling on a course :)
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I am doing mindfulness-based CBT advanced dip, I have done about half of the whole 33 assignments, 1 to 2 submitted online, having assignment 2 lost I emailed to wayne to get it there, Now I am doing all study without tutors notes as I consider them so bad I get very angry, it seems this person/teacher thinks we are all 10 year old kids, and I bet 10 year olds are more inteligent. The questions are worded badly, and I am realy fed up about the whole thing now, it could be a good course, but it is not because of the standards and it is outdated, for saying over five hunded pounds was spent it is a crying shame.
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I have been kept busy trying to find meaningful answers to the questions, I may as well prove I can get the information together WITHOUT the tutorial - after all there is a lot of information available on the internet, It has to be remembered Plagiarism is an issue, but I believe if you state your information in quotation marks is copied, as obviously some info has to be put just as it is because it is an exact theory, eg, I have copied REBT the three types of acceptance word for word but quoted my source. I think the NOS are well written by the way but the teacher seems to think differant, students do not want to be caught up in the rights and wrongs of the NOS at this stage, I wouldn't think, any comments on this? After all I do realise I can go to the teachers direct, but isnt the idea to get other people's point of view in case I am being over critical?
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Hi James
The initial invitation on the CBT group page was simply for 'feedback', a chance to have your say.
You say that you are not controlling what people say, but that is exactly what you are doing in a very precise way.
You say it is important that 'views are heard so that courses and students experiences can be made better', but when Bev gave her feedback, you suggested she should start her own thread? Didn't you like the feedback?
And as for Bev being capable to typing for herself, I agree, she has shown she is very capable; Am I not allowed to freely express my opinion on this thread?
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I agree, it is pointless if there is only praise, it makes the complements less effective if they are not balanced with constructive critisim. I do not feel there is no such situation of taking sides here, just reinforcing the need for everyone to feel that all comments are welcome, Stonebridge have been good in their feedback so far, by the way.
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spot the deliberate error spelling mistake criticism
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BevF

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OK i admit it, checked it on spell check
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D. Robinson-Montgomery

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Hello:
I took Psychology Level 3
I liked the course. At first I had my first three assignments on the snail mail route, but then switched to submitting them online. That turned out much better, though any slowness was indeed my fault.

My course was on a straight pass/fail scheme, so I really didn't know if I was just barely passing or doing well. And though I have completed the course and have the diploma (yay!) I never received comments on my final paper, nor is it acknowledged on my grades section. Disconcerting. I'll email again about this concern.

On the upside, I enjoyed the course very much and am seriously looking around Stonebridge's selection to see what else might strike my fancy.
Overall, everything I was hoping to accomplish at Stonebridge worked out. Good feelings about the school.
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your course! Personally, I've always submitted mine online, too much hassle for me to be messing about with snail mail!

It's troubling to hear you didn't get any feedback on your final paper so do definitely chase that up. I know I have seen it mentioned somewhere that they keep hold of your final paper for possible inspection by examining/awarding bodies though so maybe they just neglected to put your feedback sheet out with your Diploma. Let us know how you get on! Great to hear that overall you had a good experience though.

About the Pass/Fail. It might be worth suggesting to Stonebridge that they add in an additional 'mark' that allows tutors to score efforts... ? It wouldn't show on final transcripts or have any real 'merit' so to speak but would help to indicate where you're work stands in comparison to the 'norm'.
At school I always remember being awarded the usual A, B, C etc but with a number after it for the amount of effort you were deemed to be putting in. It went 1-5 with 1 being rubbish and 5 being great. B1 was good... but deemed that you're capable of achieving much more with more effort and B5 was really good - clear that you'd put a lot of effort and time in.

What do you think? Other students how about you, what do you think?
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Yes, My school had the same marking scheme. I also agree with this comment as i would like to know how well i passed an assignment rather then just knowing Ive passed.
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Hi with the pass and fail system do u still get a pass merit Or dis at the end of the course ?
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HI,

Im taking Psychology.

Having just taken a university degree im finding it a little easy. Especially for the first few assignments there were only a few questions that did not need much more than 1 or two word answers, this is a bit of a step back from the 2500 word essays that im used to writting. like previously mentioned im on a pass/fail course so no real indication on how im doing. I dont think this would be hard to change as each question is awarded a number of marks, it wouldnt be too hard to tell us how many marks we got on each question.

The huge plus, however, is that there is no time limits, I can work at my own pace and dont need to feel stressed that im running out of time to do things.

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Congratulations on your graduation Michelle! What did you study?

What you have to remember is that (assuming you did an undergraduate degree) you studied at Level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework and the Psychology courses Stonebridge offer are Level 3 and Level 4. Arguably the equivalent of an A-Level or your first year of university. (Although I thought A-Levels where much more challenging than 1st year of university... but that's another topic altogether! lol)

The first few assignments I would imagine are quite naturally easy and set the groundwork for what is to come - but the type of course is quite different to what you are used to don't forget... you're guided to the answers almost with a course like this with questions that ensure that you can sufficiently evidence that you have hit the learning outcomes for each subject matter whereas with other platforms of education you have to prove this through examination (theoretical or practical) or through coursework of varying types.

You should still get as much out of your course as you did your degree provided you ensure you add to and compliment your studies by following the recommended reading lists and by looking at other sources of information. You want to try to achieve depth.

Marks of each questions
You aren't told how many marks you got because as I understand it quite simply you achieved all the marks in the question! Every paper that you pass - you pass in full. That is to say that you have evidenced that you have achieved all of the learning outcomes for that assignment and have hit the criteria for each question. If you do not manage this then you fail the paper and have to re-submit :) So well done really :P Does that make a bit more sense now? Can Stonebridge confirm this?
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Mine was Psych level 3, so Michelle, I'm not sure if we're talking about the exact same content, but I remember the first few assignments seemed brief, but as I went along, the questions became more in number and complexity. Still nothing to the rigors of university, but James makes a good point about the levels Stonebridge aims to present. I've been to both university and community colleges and I felt they (E-learn) were right on the mark.
I also thought the self-pacing was invaluable, just to get the hang of studying and life-juggling again.
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Sophie Michelle Duke

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Are you taking Child Psychology? I'm taking Level 4 Child Psychology and the first few assignments i found fairly easy but they are getting harder as i progress.
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Hi,

No im on the basic psychology, purely because I was worried that it would be hard, and my background is in Criminology, which is what I had done at uni.

In hindsight (that wonderful thing lol) I wish I had thought about the levels, I hadnt even considered that the levels would still apply and infact I would be doing level 3 or 4.

But none the less I am enjoying my course, I took it up for no reason other than I was bored at home and wanted to keep my brain ticking over. I looked at many possiabilites and am very glad that I took the Stonebridge option as the flexability has been brilliant.

Thank you James for explaining the marks, now it makes sense that they do not pass you until you have achieved all marks so there is no need to give us the individual marks. This makes me happier knowing that im not going to get a shock on my final thinking that I have been getting high passes when infact I have been barely scraping through.

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Mindfulness & Life Coaching, Level 4

I've done 4 assignments now, so think I can answer a bit better now that I have more insight into the course. I am loving the course, there are areas that could be improved but isn't there always in life. I've studio to post grad level in the past so I find the questions/answers fairly straightforward and easy. I'm viewing it as an introduction to a start of studying human-ness and wellbeing, so this is my grounding for future courses. I like that I get individual feedback on each answer.
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I agree Chris - feedback on each answer has been really useful for me too! Glad to hear you're enjoying the course!

You mention room for improvement... What do you think would make the experience better for you and others?
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I'm currently doing Children and young peoples workforce level 3 and i am also in the middle of Child Psychology Level 4. This way of learning is perfect for me as i work full time in a nursing home so i love that i can work around my work hours at home.
I agree with the comment made about the pass/ fail system, i think it would be much more helpful if we had a grade to go by or an amount of points or something to give us a better guideline to how we are doing. As i sometimes worry that i may have only just passed an assignment.
Other then that i am really enjoying studying and cant wait to complete these and start my CBT course
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Hi everyone, would like to say if you are doing the NCFE teaching assistant course, its a waste of time, I have almost completed it only to find out from my local college that it is not really recognised, it shows you haven't acheived anything, after completed this I have realised I will have to go back to college and re-do level 2 and 3 again. £500 down the drain.All it shows is you have a little bit of knowledge about teaching.Also when I phoned up to complain the manager was very rude about it and no help at all
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James Gilfoyle

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QCF free - soo your new course is worth even less? great improvement.
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Mike Seeckts

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Why is your sarcasm not a surprise?
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James Gilfoyle

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Sarcasm is a tool well used in this instance. It demonstrates frankly and to the point that for all the complaints she now is in a worse position.
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excuse me but am I not allowed to complain or show others what I have been through so they dont fall into the same trap? seems like everyone has a problem with what I have been saying.surely I am enitled to my own opinion.
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Surely you don't recall me saying you aren't entitled to your opinion. Trap? Clearly there is no trap - just a consumer caught out because they failed to do their own research is now spouting nonsense. Just because something isn't what you expected it to be doesn't mean it's a fraud. You've learned your lesson I hope now - check details before you buy things in future.
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Well I will definately phone myself now, because five hundred pounds is a heck of a lot of money for nothing, that is how I have felt about the course I am on, the mindfulness-based CBT advanced doploma level 5, it is bad enough when you have wasted your precious time, and it causes terrible frustration, I was hoping to be working in the addictions field now, I have passed the drug and alcohol addictions counselling dip level 4 and got my certificate's. The one I am on now was intended to compliment it, but it is very dissappointing, Stonebridge will have to do something or they will lose students.
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I have done 2 courses with stonebridge, animal care level 3 and animal nursing assitiant level 3 and have enjoyed them both, i rate stonebridge 10/10 for communication, feedback, courses, qualifications and i could go on! please rate your courses on what you have done with stonebridge! :)

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what would you rate your courses you have done with stonebridge college!.
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i rate animal care 10/10. Veterinary support assistant 10/10 both excellent courses for animal careers. :)
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I am doing the same courses. Unfortunately , Animal Care materials have many mistakes in them in each unit. Loads of typos and other errors. I'm enjoying the courses, but they really should sort out the errors. I've given feedback twice about it, but they don't do anything. That's pretty poor.
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love my course TA3 xxx
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I have read this thread and there’s so much negativity, I have completed the Drug, Alcohol and Solvent Counselling L4 cse and am now half way through the CBT L5 cse and for the record have no complaints both have certainly helped me in my career working in addiction, take care all and stay safe.
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I have completed one course in full and am currently studying two more.

Psychology Level 3 - Completed

A very very interesting course, I did it because I regretted not studying it at A Level. Some bits I struggled with, but I was a bit too nervous to get in contact with the tutor! :P
The reading list was great, all books on there were brilliant and available from the library, in fact one of them I've bought as it was so amazing.
I can't comment on the quality of the course as I didn't know anything about the subject to begin with, but it was very interesting and gave me a good introduction.

I think I would like to see a PASS MERIT and DISTINCTION grade introduced, just to add a bit of a challenge really, rather than just everyone getting a DISTINCTION, make it so that you reall have to work to get that good grade, I think it would mean more then.

Was a bit disapointed not to get feedback on te final project, though I was pleased that I was allowed to study my own choice of project rather than one of the pre selected ones, that was great to do.

Stable Management Level 3 - Undertaking

Good course so far, I have some knowledge in this field and am studying the course purley to get a qualification. The course materials are ok and seem correct, though a few horsemanship methods described as well as terminology is a bit dated! I notice also differences in paperwork between my courses, some hve different logos, for example the Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 is all Stonebridge branded paperwork, and the Stable Management is all "Home Study College" branded, maybe it would be worth going through your courses and ensuring the branding is more consistant, and while you're at it update things with the latest research and methods, after all it;s no good studying a qualification with information that is outdated!
I'm finding this course fairly easy t get through, again having the knowledge already there helps a great deal. Everythings marked in super speedy time and I feel happy with everything received.

Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 - Undertaking and on the final exam

Fantastic very in depth course, a little tricky in places, very detailed and a lot to take in, seems all very up to date, and the paperwork is all branded nicely, It's in colour too which helps.

Overall things to improve/suggestions:

Go through all courses and ensure branding is correct and consistant
Go through all courses and update with the latest information, techniques experiements etc, studying is ever changing and it needs to move with the times
Maybe it would be good to do some video tutorials for the more audio visual learners?
Maybe introduce a 3 teir grading system to make the qualification mean more.

Overall having a great time :-)
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I'm currently doing the Yoga Teacher L3 course (NCFE IIQ Award) and am about 20% through.

So far the 'course materials' supplied by Stonebridge are ridiculously basic and contain a number of errors. The errors shouldn't be there but the simplicity of the lessons would not be a problem at all if the course came with a reading list. As it is I have got some additional reading but a lot of it is not particularly relevant to the course and if I had been given more guidance at the start of the course I feel I could have potentially ended up with a lot more pertinent information.

The communication from Stonebridge is excellent (including marking). If I compare them to my University they are way ahead. Considering the difference in how much I am paying for their respective services this is quite surprising.
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I'm studying Environmental Management (L3) and the online course material gives me a good starting place for research to enable me to gain the most from my studies. However the material's tutors notes are weighted with controversial personal opinion stated as fact. This has no place in academic material.
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I am currently working through my level 4 in drug, alcohol and solvent abuse counselling. I find the language used to explain things within each assignment very difficult to understand! The first 2 assignments were perfect. I find it hard not having a tutor who is hands on with their students! I've had to call the college several times now though have had no success! Here's hoping I can get my head around it!?