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What Does HR Do?

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The human resources department is the glue that holds an office together, but you might not realise just how much it’s responsible for. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Cynthia

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Cynthia needed a GCSE Maths Grade C in order to complete her science foundation year. Too late to join college, she came back to ICS Learn. Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?

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If you'd like to make a career our of your knack for numbers, one of these professions could be for you - but which one will suit you best? Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Charlotte

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After completing a degree in psychology, Charlotte realised it wasn't for her. We gave her the flexibility? to get an HR qualification while working full-time. Read More

10 Reasons Donald Trump is an HR Nightmare

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Between insulting women and people of colour, boasting about sexual assault, and breaking the law, US President Elect Donald Trump is a walking HR catastrophe. Read More

The Benefits of CIPD Membership

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As Europe’s leading body for HR professionals, the CIPD has a lot to offer its members. Find out more about the benefits of CIPD membership and how to join. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Alice

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Before my son was born in 2007 I had had a variety of jobs, ranging from restaurant manager to bank clerk. However, my priorities completely changed now that I had another person relying on me for everything, and the time came to get a career. Read More

Is Being a Personal Trainer Right for Me?

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With the flexibility, low stress and high fulfilment that a career in personal training offers, it’s no wonder it’s a dream job for many. Not many careers allow you to genuinely change people’s lives, but as a PT, you can watch your clients get healthier and happier with every session. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Hayley

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My name is Hayley and firstly I am a mum of two boys aged 6 and 4 years old. I am a part time baker and I have a secret… I want to be a midwife. Leaving school at 16, I went straight into work and started earning money. I eventually did some travelling and just continued to ‘fall’ into employment; I have never truly been fulfilled at work, sadly. Read More

A Simple Guide to the Early Years Educator GCSE Requirements

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Thinking of becoming a nursery or pre-school worker? Find out everything you need to know about the requirements for becoming an early years educator. Read More

The Write Skills: Why Mastering English Is Vital to Your Career

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You don't have to be an aspiring journalist for your language skills to make or break your career - in the digital age, all of us depend on the written word. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Mike

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I’m 42 and I’m hoping to prove to myself it’s never too late for a career boost. I’ve worked at O2 for the past 12 years and covered quite a few roles, from customer service to revenue generation. In the past 8 years a lot of my time has been spent picking up L&D projects, finally moving in to the role of L&D support for the re-contract area, supporting over 400 advisors. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Trevor

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At my place of work, progression tends to be in line with training. They take the ILM courses very seriously and place those they feel have progression capabilities on these courses. I carried out a web search of online learning providers and found ICS Learn to have a long and proven history. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Charlotte

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Charlotte decided to study IGCSE English with us to brush up on her language skills while having the flexibility to care for her family. Read her success story here. Read More

Want to Learn Five Times Faster? Change One Simple Thing

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It’s still almost dark outside. The rain is pelting against your bedroom window. You know you have to get out of bed for class, but your toes curl in anticipation of the cold. You flick the light switch on groggily, reach for your dressing gown, and think: if only I could stay in bed today. Read More

6 Habits for Success from the World’s Most Powerful People

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The importance of habit can’t be understated. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and being the unsophisticated mammals that we are, a huge amount of our daily behaviour is controlled by habit rather than conscious choice. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Jack

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There's nothing quite like a mid life crisis to make you address the failings of the past! I was one of the best in my class at maths in junior school. I'm not entirely sure what went wrong at high school, maybe others were just better than me and knocked me off my arrogant perch. Read More

AAT’s New 2016 Syllabus: Everything You Need To Know

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If you’re an AAT student (or are thinking of becoming one), you’ve probably heard about the syllabus change and are wondering what it means for you. We’ve put together a guide to answer all your questions, and help you move seamlessly into the new courses – we know it can be confusing! Read More

GCSE Results Day: What To Do If You Didn’t Get The Grades

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GCSE results day can be a super-stressful time. Your GCSEs determine which A Levels you can take, which sixth form you can go to, and often which university course you can take, so they’re undoubtedly important - but if you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for, don’t panic! All isn’t lost. Read More

A Level Results Day: What To Do If You Didn’t Get The Grades

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A Level results day is an exciting, terrifying time. Your A Level grades are, after all, what get you into uni – a lot rests on that little bunch of letters. That means that if you didn’t quite get the grades you were hoping for, you’re probably freaking out. We don’t blame you – it’s easy to feel like bad grades are the end of the world. Read More

How the Rise of Tuition Fees Could Radically Alter Education

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll already have heard that from next year, university tuition fees in England will rise to £9250. You might think this is nothing much to worry about. The last fee rise, in 2011, almost tripled the upper limit from £3,290 to £9000 and gave an entire generation of young people a heart attack. A raise of £250 seems pretty tame by comparison. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Fiona

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I’m 40 this year and somewhere along the way I’ve gained 20 years of HR experience but I’ve never managed to complete my CIPD qualification. I’ve held affiliate level membership for over a decade but I’ve always felt that I’ve left myself down because that affiliate doesn’t really reflect my experience or abilities. The last time I studied for more than a few days was almost 15 years ago and life has changed since then; I no longer have the luxury of focussing entirely on partying and study (I recall that was the priority order when I read Law at Swansea University!) so when I tried to pick up my CIPD a few years ago I was overwhelmed. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Catriona

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I have recently completed my CIPD Intermediate course and would like to share my story as it has been brilliant. When I signed up to my Intermediate CIPD course with ICS Learn I did not know what to expect as I had never done a distance learning course before. When I was signing up the advisors could not have been more helpful and informative. They made the process really straightforward and I couldn't wait to get started. Read More

7 Ultimate Apps for Success as a Personal Trainer

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Being a personal trainer is not a career. It’s a calling. You got into this job because you want to help people live better, healthier, lives. Because you want to push others to smash their goals and do things they never thought they could. Because you want to make the world a better place, one set of toned abs at a time. You’re a saint! A wise yogi master! You’re the hero that Gotham deserves! Read More

Have a Passion for Fitness? Come Meet Our New Courses!

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If you’ve been thinking of pursuing a career in fitness, it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing. We’ve made it so easy, there’s no excuse not to make your passion for fitness into your career. Today, we’re launching two 100% online fitness courses in partnership with YMCA Awards to give you better access to top quality training. Read More

The Insider’s Guide to HR: How to Get Your First Job

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The most important (and most obvious) step is to get qualified: for most employers, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or equivalent is the essential indicator of a valuable employee who is serious about progressing in their HR career. (Not so subtle self-promotion: we’ve made getting one easier than ever, because we’re the only organisation in the UK who offers all CIPD levels 100% online. Not that we’re bragging or anything. Ahem.) Read More

How To Supercharge Your Accountancy Career

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So you want to defeat the rabid hordes of competitive accounting professionals and land your dream job. How do you go about it? Perhaps more than in any other industry, having professional accreditation is essential. AAT courses allow you to perform accounting, tax and financial advisory services, and provide the foundation for becoming a Chartered Accountant. Read More

ICS Learn CIPD Open Day

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If you’re thinking about taking a course in Human Resources or Learning & Development, you’re in luck - our CIPD open day is perfect for you! At 7pm on the 21st of June, come join a live webinar with our expert curriculum co-ordinator Dr. Stephen Littler and the former Vice Chairman of CIPD Scotland Keith Watson to find out more about studying CIPD qualifications with ICS Learn. Read More

The Job That Pays £93,000 A Year: Thanks to Millenials

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When you think of high-paying jobs, you probably think of banking, business, and being Beyoncé. Human resources? Not so much. (Unless the human in question is actually Beyoncé.) However, a study from Emolument reports that the compensation of senior HR managers in the UK has risen to an average £93,000 a year, including a £12,000 bonus – more than three times the national average of £27,200. Read More

10 Signs That You're Ready For A New Career

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Have you ever asked yourself why you go to work? We can’t all be Sam Smith doing it for the love, and most of us do have money on our minds. But there’s more to work than paying the bills. We spend most of our limited time on this earth working, and it has the potential to make you inspired, motivated and fulfilled - if you’re lucky enough to pick the.... Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Lee

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Lee's biggest dream is to become a teacher. He's already successfully completed a degree online and now all he needs is that science GCSE to apply for teacher training. See how he's getting on with the course on our blog. Read More

Share Your Success for a Chance To Win £100 Shopping Vouchers

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People often mention how our services have changed their lives for the better. As an organisation and a community, we cherish the amazing stories behind these powerful statements. Read More

3 Learning Styles and Why They’re Vital

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Order, class, order! For today's lesson, cast your mind back to being in school (be it ten years or ten minutes ago). Really imagine it – the long corridors, drab grey walls, frantic lunch hall, hot geography teacher... Read More

What We Learned From The CIPD Show 2016

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The CIPD L&D show was amazing this year. A really good event for any students or indeed professional individuals looking to advance their career even further in the HR or L&D industry. Read More

10 Simple Tips To Help You Learn Faster

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Our minds need workouts just as much as our bodies do. Exercising our minds helps us learn faster, and learning faster helps us get more out of life. Just think of your short and long-term goals. Do you want to ace a big exam? Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Abi

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Abi has only recently submitted her last assignment to complete her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management with us. Thankful for the support she has received by our mentors, lecturers and tutors, she wanted to tell you about her home learning journey. Read More

ICS Learn Open Day Facebook Live Event

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We’re delighted to announce that we will be hosting our very first Facebook Live Open Day on the 24th of May at 12.30pm live on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ICSLearn Read More

Top 10 Essay Writing Tips For Students

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Writing an essay is often one of the most dreaded tasks among students. Whether the essay is for a class, an exam, or maybe even a contest, most students often find the task very demanding and time consuming. While writing an essay can often be very frustrating, there are many useful steps and basic rules a student can follow that will help break down the essay writing process into manageable parts. Following this process is the easiest way to draft a successful essay, whatever its purpose might be. Read More

Top 8 Productivity Tips for New Students?

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Despite the general consensus, the life of a student can be undeniably difficult. Particularly for newbies, being able to balance a list of essays, reports, presentations on your reports and even more essays can be a difficult task, making it all a bit overwhelming for new and nervy first years. During the most stressful times of the year when almost every assignment imaginable is due, being able to harness productivity is of monumental importance. As such, here are our top 8 tips to keep new students on track and make their life that little bit easier. Read More

Top Ten Studying Apps for High School Students

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In this digital world, computers and smartphones today have become like a second brain that helps students remember all the things they need to do every day in school. In an increasingly complicated and competitive world, students can greatly benefit from using mobile apps that have been developed especially for them. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Stefanie

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Stefanie, a stay-at-home mum of three young children, is currently studying towards her AAT Level 3 Diploma after she completed the Level 2 Certificate in less than two months. Wanting to return to work with the right qualifications in her hands, she decided that distance learning was best suited to her learning style. Read her full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Hayley

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Hayley's lived in Cyprus since she was 12 years old and whilst her friends were receiving and sharing their GCSE results on social media, Hayley felt a bit left out as GCSEs aren’t taught or recognised in Cyprus. She consequently enrolled on two GCSE courses with ICS Learn and passed them with flying colours soon after. She has since started her career in marketing thanks to successfully completing the foundation level of the CIM qualification. Read her full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Anurag

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Anurag has made the transition from restaurant manager to accounting technician thanks to studying Level 2 and Level 3 of the AAT Accountancy qualification with ICS Learn. He managed to complete the two levels in the record time of just three months whilst balancing his full-time job and being a father to a newborn. Read his full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Kate

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Thanks to completing her CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Human Resource Practice, Kate has successfully made the transition from Food Retail Manager to HR Officer. Get inspired by her success and read her full story on our blog. Read More

Book Your GCSE, IGCSE or A Level Exams NOW!

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Don’t delay, book your GCSE, IGCSE or A Level exam place NOW for summer 2016. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Deirdre

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CIPD Level 5 student Deirdre is currently studying towards achieving her Intermediate Diploma HR. Our in-house tutor Dr Stephen Littler had a little chat with her about her ambitions and what has led her to the decision to study an online CIPD course with us. Read the full interview here. Read More
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