Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any English language requirements?
For students who do not live or come from an English language speaking country then we recommend taking an IELTS course to improve your language to level 5.5 or higher. This can be done alongside our courses. Your minimum level of English may vary depending upon which university you decide to complete your top up qualification from.
Do I need any previous experience and qualifications?
You will need a IELTS score to start studying with GSA but you need to have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above on completion of the GSA course. You can study an English course alongside the GSA course. At level 4/5 you will require a full secondary education to be eligible to enroll onto the course and universities will require a minimum age before embarking on the university top-up programme. At Level 7 you will require 5 years managerial experience if you do not have a BA degree. This may vary for various University partners however. We will look at every application individually and some exceptions may be looked at.
Will there be an interview?
How do I choose the best course for me?
- Review the modules within the course, do they interest you? are they relevant to your chosen career path?
- How the course is taught and assessed, do you have the motivation to study via distance learning? are you able to work independently?
Do I have to pay for my assignments?
Do I receive Help and guidance while writing assignments?
In addition to this, students have access to tutors who work with GSA. The tutor details are available via the Dashboard and will show which areas they specialize in and when they are available for sessions. If a student wishes to arrange a session they can do so directly from the Dashboard, where they can specify which topic they need assistance with, or they can contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available in the Student Handbook and the relevant course information packs.
How do I submit my assignments?
How many words do I have to write for my assignments?
When do I receive the assignments?
How long does the marking process take?
After an assignment has been submitted our markers will return the results within 10 working days. Once all assignments have been completed and marked an Internal Verifier will check the work, which usually takes up to 10 working days. After the Internal Verification has come back, and agrees with the initial marking, all of the assignments are sent to the awarding body for External Verification. the awarding body will check all of the work to be sure it is of the correct standard, this process can take up to 30 working days. In total once you have completed all assignments and had them marked it can take up to 40 working days to receive your final result.
Is the online payment taken immediately?
Is there any financial assistance available?
GSA offers an interest free payment plan so that you can pay for your course over a set number of months. Contact one of our student advisers for more information about this. UK students may also be eligible for student loans for the university top-up programme. Learners should make inquiries direct to their chosen university.
Are there likely to be any additional costs?
What payment options are available?
How much do assessments cost?
How are Universities linked to the modules?
Learners who achieve an GSA qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework. This is a universally recognised framework of credits. Universities can therefore award credits against the GSA study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. GSA and awarding bodies have pre agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘university top-up’.
Who are GSA?
What do GSA do?
The GSA is dedicated to providing a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at an affordable cost. All learning activities, materials and content are provided online using modern delivery models to make learning more engaging and cost effective. On completion of an GSA course it will give you recognised University credits to then “top up” at one of our UK University partners, saving you time and money.
How do I change my personal contact details once I have given them to GSA?
Can I still access my Student Dashboard if I have finished my course?
I have forgotten my username/password and cannot login to my dashboard, how can I get access?
Will I be able to get through to higher education through GSA?
The GSA programmes are mapped against UK higher education qualifications which are fully transferable to a range of other higher education routes and professional qualifications. On completion of the GSA level 4/5 programme students will be awarded 240 credits ( The first 2 years of a Undergraduate degree) . They can then top up to their final year at one of our University partners who recognise the OFQUAL qualification. Similarly at level 7 students gain 120 credits from a total of 180 credits for an MBA. Again they can top up at an GSA University partners.
What potential job opportunities are there after I finish the course?
Once you successfully complete your final year at university, you will have a full BA degree or postgraduate qualification that will open doors to many career options.
What do I do if I am struggling?
Can I talk to other students?
How much support is available for students?
What modules do I need to achieve a qualification?
You need to complete all the modules detailed in your required course option plus all the associated assessments to complete the GSA course and receive the diploma. This will give you the recognized University credits. You can study the modules at your own pace and can purchase more modules at any time.
Can I personalise my study?
Does my previous study and experience count towards an GSA course?
There are no exemptions or credits within the GSA system of study and you have to study all the GSA modules to take advantage of our access route. However if you think you may be exempt from a certain level then please contact us and we will advise you. We can also help you with your top up inquiries if you have already got the necessary qualifications.
How long will it take?
What is a Certificate of Completion?
Each module and assessment passed generates a certificate of completion which details module content, level of study and learning outcomes achieved. It is mapped against formal UK educational quality guidelines defined by QAA. On completion of all modules you can then write assignments set by the awarding body to complete your diploma with GSA.
What study materials do I need?
The modules themselves are sufficient for passing the associated assessments. The modules contain additional accessible resources that learners may wish to follow through to enhance their learning and these are provided within the text. GSA also has extra learning resources like e books and webinars to aid your study, completely free of charge.
Can I access my dashboard and study on my mobile and tablet?
Do I need a specific computer to study with GSA?
What is an interactive learning module?
How do assessments work?
Assessments are made up of 30 multiple choice questions and last for one hour. There is an assessment at the end of each module. Questions are answered in sets of five to allow for review and editing if required. If a session times out or an issue occurs throughout, the assessment will time out at the point of the previous five questions so that a participant does not lose their previous answers. Results are given immediately on completion. You can find out more on the assessment page. On completion of all end of module assessments learners then write assignments set by the awarding body to complete the course.
Do all modules have an exam?
What do I get when all the modules and assessments are completed?
Learners who complete the full programme of modules as detailed and also complete the assignments are awarded an OFQUAL approved certificate and official Credits. This qualification is recognised by UK higher education authorities and by the university sector. The student can then apply to one of our University partners to complete their degree.
How can I pay for my fees as an overseas student?
Will GSA act as my sponsor for a student visa?
Do I need a visa to complete modules/course through GSA?
Can I study anywhere in the world?