Questions & Answers

  • 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.

You will need to have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above on completion of the NLC course. You can study an English course alongside the NLC course. At level 4/5 you will require a full secondary education to be eligible to enrol 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.

There is no interview process. You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria.

Learners should first visit the Online Course page to view the range of courses on offer. To decide on what subjects the best suit the learner, he/she should:

  • 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?

It is important that learners do not try to extend themselves too far and too quickly so should ideally choose a path that comfortably moves on from their existing level of skills and experience.


You can simply choose your course and enrol online, alternatively, you can call the NLC Enrolments team on +44 (0) 208 808 8008 and you will be guided through the Enrolment process.

All assignment submissions are free of charge

Yes, all students are encouraged to arrange an initial 30 minute ‘assignment preparation’ session with one of our tutors. The session will be conducted via Skype, Zoom or Teams and will cover all aspects of assignment writing particularly areas that students need to be wary of.

Submissions need to be uploaded to via the dashboard, in the ‘assignment’ area. Students must also provide a plagiarism report for all submitted assignments.

We recommend students write between 5000 – 8000 words for each assignment, although students will not be penalised for going over this word count limit as long as the work is related to the assignment question.

Assignments are released to students upon enrolment.

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 ATHE or QULIFI for External Verification. ATHE or QULIFI 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.

Yes. Once NLC has received the cleared funds your course material will be released to you immediately.

NLC offers an interest free payment plan so that you can pay for your course over a set number of months. Contact us for more information about this.

UK students may also be eligible for student loans for the university top-up programme. Learners should make enquiries direct to their chosen university.

This will depend on your chosen course and any extra or additional learning resources that may be needed. This will be explained before you commit yourself to the course.

Payment can be made online through bank transfer or through any of our international banks.

Assessments are included with the course purchases.

QULIFI is a UK approved qualification Awarding Organisation, providing colleges with recorgnised qualifications in various area of studies. QULIFI provide competent learners with progression routes to university degrees.

Learners who achieve an NLC 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 NLC study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. NLC and Awarding body have pre agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes either on campus or off campus. This is termed ‘university top-up’.

North London College is an independent institution of further and higher education incorporated in the UK under English law number 7750588.

North London College 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 NLC course it will give you recognised University credits to then “top up” at one of our UK University partners, saving you time and money.

All details can be edited through the student dashboard. Once a student has enrolled they can login a view their course progress, edit their profile and chat to fellow students in the forum.

Access to the NLC Dashboard is for a maximum of 4 years from date of enrolment. This can be extended if a request is made in writing to NLC Student admin.

If learners have lost or forgotten their log in details, they can request a new password on provision of their email address. Email for more assistance.

The NLC 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 NLC 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 ATHE 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 NLC University partner.

Once you successfully complete your course at any level or obtain your BA degree or postgraduate qualification that will open doors to many career options.

You can seek help from dedicated forums or request tutor help. Students can interact and help each other through the course content and share interesting and relevant links with each other. We also have a dedicated tutor support team all specialising in all NLC modules.

All students that have enrolled onto a course can communicate with other students via the social learning forum.

Learners can use the social learning forums without limitation and talk to fellow learners around the world. Learners may also choose to purchase additional tutor support. Tutors will also present webinars on demand which are available free of charge to all students.

You need to complete all the modules detailed in your required course option plus all the associated assessments to complete the NLC course and receive the ATHE or QULIFI 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.

As long as you have internet access any computer or tablet can be used to complete online modules and courses. You can also study on your phone with our mobile friendly content.

Yes, but this will only be accessible with an internet connection. All digital interactivity has been coded for compatibility on touch screens. You can also learn the material by printing it off.

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. NLC also has extra learning resources like e books and webinars to aid your study, completely free of charge.

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 Awarding body to complete your diploma with NLC

Learners can learn at a pace that suits them. There is no time limits or deadlines with NLC.  Learners can study the modules in any order at any time.

There are no exemptions or credits within the NLC system of study and you have to study all the NLC 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.

Students can study the modules in any order and at any pace, to qualify for the University Top-up all of the modules and assignments have to be completed.

Learners who complete the full programme of modules as detailed and also complete the assignments are awarded an ATHE or QULIFI 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.

All modules have an online assessment. Completion of the requisite number of assessments and written assignments will give the participant a qualification recognised by many top line universities.

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. On completion of all end of module assessments learners then write assignments set by the awarding body to complete the course.

The interactive activities in the modules include tests, exercises and assessments that provide a guide to a learner’s progress through the module.

NLC has an overseas bank account in some countries that will take payment direct or alternatively payment by bank transfer.

NLC cannot act as visa sponsor but your chosen university partner can.

No visa is required for online study. If a student chooses to take the university top-up programme on campus in the UK, a student visa will be required. Learners should request this through their chosen university.

Yes. There are no geographical limitations.