Access and widening participation statement

Introduction

The London College of International Business Studies is a small private college with its central HQ based in the South East of London, Canada Water. We offer a range of different programmes at different levels and catering for students of all ages and backgrounds from 18 years upwards.

Our Undergraduate programmes are offered on an accelerated basis meaning that a traditional three-year degree can be achieved in two years. Teaching is via a block system, meaning that students learn one module topic at a time, in five-week blocks. This system will allow LCIBS to fulfil our access and widening participation goals. This method of delivery will allow us to accept a greater choice of students due to the ability to finish and achieve a degree within two years and the flexibility of the block system. This will give a variety of different types of students from mature students to those with caring responsibilities, single parents or those with working obligations as well as those from traditional routes.

LCIBS mission is to deliver high-quality education and training that will make a proactive difference to both the individual student’s life and their wider communities and national economies.

The College’s vision is, in concert with viable partnerships to become a leading international provider of quality education and executive training. The college hopes to become an outstanding place for students to study, a simulating place for its staff to work and to assist in the in the wider community and bring flexible educational opportunities to all. This is underpinned by our core values:

  1. Provided a fair assessment of candidate’s entry qualifications, with an appreciation of their ability to successfully complete the designated programme of study.
  2. Provide a student-centred approach to learning and development
  3. Create and support an environment where students are encourage to develop their intellect and exploration of knowledge
  4. Encourage students to learn and develop both individually and collaboratively
  5. Promote diversity of education opportunity locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  6. Promote and engage in the sharing of good practice across both academic and vocational communities
  7. Develop and promote a curriculum that encourages students to be responsible citizens respecting diversity of cultures and fostering global citizenship.
  8. Encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and developing through the continual exploration of knowledge and understanding.
  9. Embed scholarship and research to inform learning, teaching and development.
  10. Support diverse learning styles and approaches that provide an encouraging learning environment.

Outreach Activities and Taster

LCIBS’ student recruitment team has recently begun to work with a range of schools and colleges to offer free careers and employability workshops. Although in its infancy, we plan to present workshops in a wide variety of schools, including many in areas of low income or low participation in higher education.

The team also offers taster events and workshops which help to encourage applications from young people who might not otherwise have considered university.

Admissions Policy

Our admissions policy is designed to encourage applications from candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. We do not rely solely on UCAS tariff points but have a policy which looks at a candidates work experience as well as their aptitude, commitment and potential to succeed.

This takes the form of a twin-track admissions process: candidates can gain admission either through their UCAS tariff points or via succeeding on our applicant day which takes the form of an Admissions Workshop (comprising an interview and online tests). All applicants are invited to a workshop regardless of academic background and if they are successful they are offered a place.

Students can, therefore, gain a place at LCIBS without formal academic qualifications.

Partial Fee Waiver

LCIBS offers all students who pass the Admissions Workshop a fee waiver to bring the fees down to the level of the student loan available (currently £6,000 pa).

This ensures that a student will not need to find additional tuition fee money over and above the loan and also means that they graduate with significantly less debt than those from most other institutions.

Student Support (LCIBS 360⁰)

The LCIBS Student Support Team provides guidance and mentorship to satisfy our student’s needs. We believe that every student has the potential to be successful and achieve their goals while studying at LCIBS. The LCIBS 360° team is to help students navigate their personal route to success and overcome any challenges that may be in their way.

Each of LCIBS 360° staff are professionals in their field and are trained and qualified to guide students.

International Academic Advising: Each LCIBS student is assigned a personal Academic Adviser, from registration to graduation. The Academic Adviser will help each student navigate his or her LCIBS journey and experience. He or She will provide students with assistance in any aspect of their course work and will guide them in setting and achieving their educational goals.

Wellness and Life Coaching: Our Wellness and Life Coaches provide personalised social and emotional support and guidance which focuses on helping students set and achieve their goals. Our coaches provide a creative and thought-provoking service to develop each student into the person they you would like to be.

Night Line: For each module that has an exam assessment, all students will have access to afterhours support with our Night Line academics. This channel of support is there to assist students with any course work related queries that they need assistance with, outside of the work hours of your Academic Adviser.

Student Services

LCIBS is committed to equality of opportunity and ensuring that all students are able to reach their learning potential. We encourage applications from candidates with disabilities (including specific learning difficulties) and invite applicants to contact us and discuss their needs, in confidence, with an adviser at an early stage. Where appropriate, we will make reasonable adjustments to Admissions Workshops, to enable candidates to demonstrate their potential without being disadvantaged by a disability.

Students who declare a disability are also invited to meet an adviser shortly after registration, in order to discuss their requirements and agree any adjustments to the learning environment or to examinations and assessments.

We recognise that every individual has different requirements, but the below are some examples of the arrangements that can be made:

  • Changes to presentation of the learning materials
  • Training to tutors or other staff
  • Adjustments to assessments, for example additional time or mechanical aids
  • Note-takers or readers
  • Study skills or mentoring
  • Referral to external support agencies

Students are given advice about Disabled Student Allowance and some types of support are dependent on receipt of DSA.

Careers and Employability

LCIBS is committed to employability and our programmes are all career-focussed from the outset with our Personal Professional Development modules embedded as core modules throughout all study pathways.

Our Student Experience team offer a range of support to students, including:

  • One-to-one support, advice and feedback
  • Industry events
  • Guest speakers
  • A range of online employability skills-based resources
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