Online Business School


Affordable study programmes with exclusive online modules fast-tracking learners to a University qualification.

Whether you are looking to enhance your skills, improve your team or pursue a professional education, the Online Business School’s learning pathways can provide you with all you need.

The Online Business School delivers online university pathway programmes with full Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma Awards to learners from all corners of the world. Learners can fast track their way through to a UK University Qualification on campus or by distance learning.

Our web-based modules allow students to learn what they want when they want and how they want and have been designed to facilitate a much faster, more affordable and engaging way to learn. With a 24/7 student networking platform, personal dashboards, 1-2-1 online tutorials, group webinars and a bank of pre-recorded group webcasts, the Online Business School provides students with all the support that they need to succeed in developing their professional skill base and achieve a university qualification.

Our Credentials

Online Business School operates to the highest academic standards and has multiple structures in place that ensure the standard of education provided to its students it of the highest quality. Below is a list of Corporate bodies we belong to and associations we are a part of:

OFQUAL Recognition

All learning materials are designed and written by professional academic authors so that each interactive module is aligned against specific learning criteria specified by OFQUAL, the defining UK Government body for Academic Standards in UK Higher Education. These standards ensure those that learn with us receive a high-quality education along with certification that is recognised universally by Universities and employers.

ATHE Recognition

Your final assignments will pull together all the learning and experience gained from your course. The entire programme is accredited by ATHE, a UK Government recognised examining and awarding body who are successful partners with many leading universities.

On completion of the final assignments, students are awarded a formal recognised ATHE qualification which is accepted by a range of UK universities as partial exemption from various Degree and MBA programmes.

BAA Recognition

BAA is recognised by the UK government (Ofqual) as an awarding organisation offering regulated qualifications providing a wide variety of qualifications in a diverse range of subject areas to centres whose customers are internationally-focused aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their global career prospects. BAA was established in 2010 as a relatively specialist awarding body, providing qualifications designed to meet the identified demand for qualifications, particularly within the legal services sector.

Information Commissioners Office

As Online Business School holds and processes student information, we are legally obliged to protect this information, Under the Data protection act 1998, Online Business School will:

  • Only collect information that we need for a specific purpose;
  • Keep it secure;
  • Ensure it is relevant and up to date;
  • Only hold as much information as we need, and only for as long as we need it;
  • On request, allow any student to see the information that we hold on them.

Partner University Qualifications

On completion of the final assignments, students are awarded a recognised Diploma qualification. This Diploma can be used to top up to a full undergraduate degree or MBA at a variety of UK universities, either on campus or by distance learning.

Quality Monitoring Board

Online Business School also operates a Quality Monitoring Board (QMB) to ensure that we are always delivering accredited online courses and resources to meet your learning needs. This Board meets regularly to assess:

  • Specific student issues
  • Any quality issues for university partners
  • Monitoring of assessment standards
  • Monitoring of material content against learning outcomes
  • Specific operational issues as they affect quality and customer service

The Board Members include respected academic and business leaders. Outcomes of the reviews are shared online to ensure transparency and understanding amongst our partners and students. All feedback is welcomed so that issues can be formally raised via the QMB in a professional and objective manner.

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce is the largest, most influential independent business voice in the UK who lobby tirelessly on behalf of members and the wider business community on the issues that matter – establishing the right conditions for business to thrive, promoting UK firms in key global markets and creating a dynamic business economy.

They also play a key role in bridging the gap between educators and business by highlighting the skills employers need and influencing education policy to ensure they’re delivered effectively.

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is just one of a network of Chambers working with and on behalf of businesses of every size, in every sector of UK industry. They help local businesses to connect, grow and achieve success. The Chamber collaborates with other chambers, local authorities and partner organisations to gain insight into the issues that matter to business – then pass on that knowledge to help Government formulate effective business policy.

Personal Development

Online Business School realises learning is a lifelong process. OBS offers the following short personal development courses to help develop and enhance a range of skills.


Lifelines is a 5 module work/life balance programme. It contains practical advice and useful exercises to improve your health and well being and also proven processes that teach you how to handle stress in your life, relationships with those around you and how to improve the overall quality of your life both inside and outside of work.

Small Business Programmes

The Small Business Programme is a guide for anyone who is looking to establish and build their own business. It comes in modular format covering areas such as developing your business plan, financing your startup business and marketing your ideas. There are easy to follow tips and advice that will act as support for learning how to manage and grow a startup business.

Skillbytes – The Managers E-books

These books are simple to follow outlines of specific areas of business and management. Each one being around 100 pages, they create a step by step understanding of various concepts in an easy to follow step by step format and by the end of each book, learners will have gained insight in each area and also the context within a broader business.

Skillbuilders – The Managers Workbooks

These workbooks cover defined areas of business and management and are a useful learning resource as they contain specific tests, exercises and progress checks to the learning and understanding of key areas of business. Each workbook represents around 40 hours of learning and gives learners the opportunity to develop specific knowledge and skills in those areas.

Video Learning Library

The Video Learning library comprises a series of 1-hour formal lectures in specific areas of business and management delivered by qualified lecturing staff. They are structured to present an oversight in areas that impact generally in management and business and are designed to broaden the perspectives of management by illustrating how various strands interact and become interdependent.

In-Company Training

An investment with real potential.

Recruiting, developing and retaining good people is one of the greatest challenges for organisations large and small. Many corporations are asking themselves:

  • ‘How can we motivate good staff?’
  • ‘What can we do to reward them and retain them?’
  • ‘How can we develop skills that are useful to us?’

Academic programmes can provide your staff with knowledge and understanding, but these programmes often do not provide the associated skills that can make a difference to a specific business or profession.

Training can be a time consuming and inefficient process. It needs resources and logistics that can often challenge the cost-effectiveness of developing your staff, and the training programme itself may not engage employees in a way that makes training effective.

What if such a programme was wrapped inside an in-company project designed to target specific company issues and which could be mentored by your senior executives?

Online Business School has developed such a programme which is mapped against OFQUAL RQF credits and provides access to top up university programmes. Companies can purchase access to the materials for their staff and the materials can be used as stand-alone CPD resources and can, of course, be supported by live training or mentoring. The assessments can be purchased alongside access to the materials as an option for those staff that wish to convert the modules into a university qualification, with either a BA or an MBA. The modules are topped off by a series of Assignments which summarily tests skills and understanding.

On successful completion of the assessments and assignments, staff can top-up to their chosen university qualification by distance learning, meaning that no campus attendance is required.

In addition, OBS has a “white label” offering. A company can design programmes around their specific requirements. We can brand learning material into a corporate look and feel, obtain OFQUAL approval to enable credits against the further study, and provide specialist advice in the design, structure, and envelopment of an in-house online training resource. Contact us by clicking the button below for further information from our specialist consultants.

University Pathways

Earning a full Degree or MBA is a simple and low-cost option for Online Business School. Earn your Diploma online with OBS, and then top up to a Bachelors or MBA degree by distance learning or on-campus through a UK university.

University Foundation Level, Level 3 Courses are equivalent to A- Levels and will be accepted by most Universities for entry on to their Undergraduate course, subject to any other entry requirements, such as English Language competency.

First and second year of a University Degree, Level 4/5 Courses carry 240 credits and most Universities will accept students for top up onto the final year of an Undergraduate Degree either on campus or by distance learning.

Postgraduate MBA Entry, Level 6 Courses will allow students entry onto most university Postgraduate Management courses, relevant work experience and English language competency may also be required.

MBA Advanced Entry, Level 7 Courses. Many Universities will accept 120 credits as advanced entry onto an MBA top up. It should be noted that Universities with AMBA accredited MBAs will not accept any exemptions but will usually accept Level 6 or Level 7 as entry qualifications.

Study on campus in the UK for top-up courses or direct entry to university.

On completion of an Online Business School course, Students can apply to top up on campus. All of the academic courses offered by Online Business School are OFQUAL approved and universities will generally accept the credits awarded to students. For Level 3 programmes students can apply for Undergraduate entry for a full programme, Level 6 programmes will allow entry at most Universities for full-time Post Graduate study.

ATHE have direct articulation arrangements with several Universities which give full recognition for entry. Alternatively, students can choose their own University.

It should be understood by students that these are general guidelines and students should always check the requirements with their preferred University or their local University Agent if they intend to make an application

Study by Distance Learning for top-up programmes or full programmes

Many UK Universities run off-campus distance learning programmes and Online Business School will always seek direct arrangements with these universities to accept our students.

At Present Online Business School has specific arrangements with University of Derby Online Learning.

ATHE have direct articulation agreements with Universities that operate distance learning programmes.

Students that have successfully completed ATHE’s Level 5 and Level 7 qualifications in Business Management are eligible to apply for entry at Undergraduate and MBA Top up qualifications delivered by LSM, and awarded by the University of Northampton.

Other universities offering distance learning Business programmes

Students may choose to apply directly to a UK University not linked to ATHE or Online Business School. Several Universities operate distance learning Business programmes and students can apply directly for credits or other forms of advanced entry. Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is Ofqual QCF validated at the stated level. Online Business School can provide the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript if required, alternatively, students can visit the Ofqual website to confirm the qualification

Each University will consider an application on its merits subject to their own specific entry requirements. Below is a list of a few UK Distance Learning providers offering Business programmes:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Essex (BA)
  • University of Essex (MBA)
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Derby Online Learning

Study for an AMBA Accredited MBA by distance learning

The Association of MBAs is a membership organization that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards of MBA programmes. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning study. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the Online Business School Level 6 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.

Top up and recognition by non-UK universities

Students may want to study at Institutions nearer their home country or qualifications outside of UK. For example, many Australian Universities offer distance learning and will recognise equivalent UK qualifications on a case by case basis.

  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • University of Queensland
  • Deakin University
  • CQU University
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