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Studying from Home at International Correspondence School

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My wish to study a new exciting course encouraged me to research about online education, My findings prompted me to write this article.

London Historical Office Of ICS Learn -  Home Correspondence School

London Historical Office Of ICS Learn - Home Correspondence School

ICS distance learning (International Correspondence Schools) provides online courses for students who will rather study from home. First founded in the United States in the late 1800s and referred to as Correspondence Schools, its branch which opened in the United Kingdom at the turn of the 20th century now serves as its headquarters and has an enrolment of thousands of students from about a hundred countries all over the world.

Not unlike today’s form of online education, enrolling for correspondence courses over a century ago, though through mail services, is the pioneer of what we now know as distance learning.

Unlike many distance learning schools, getting an education through ICS distance learning courses is affordable, especially when compared to the exorbitant costs of on school campus education of today. Learning is easy and flexible, and students receive great support from not only designated tutors but from a highly effective student's online interactive community.

The ICS course study is planned to be convenient for each individual student because the study provides all the necessary information and educational materials that a student will require before, during, and sometimes even after successful completion of a course.

Enrolling for ICS Courses

Enrolling on a course doesn't require any prior experience and many do not necessarily require qualifications. However, some ICS courses require that students own learning tools and equipment like a computer, a laptop, or a notebook, including full access to the internet.

When these necessary requirements are met, enrolling students won’t need anything else because all course materials needed will be provided by the school. Further information on what may be required by each student, depending on the chosen course, can be found in the Technical Requirements section of the course pages.

After enrolling and payments are processed, the necessary course materials will be delivered to students within a few days.

Costs of Study

The cost of study varies widely, depending on the course and the qualifications that students expect to get on completion of the education. You will find the price for each individual course indicated on the web page dedicated to that qualification.

Most of the international correspondence schools offer convenient payment plans subject to a minimum deposit, so you can enrol for a course and only pay a fraction of the fees after an agreed-upon payment term, but substantial savings can be made if you decide to pay for the entire course in full.

Study Duration

ICS distance learning course duration varies from one course to another. The time it takes to complete the course will always depend on how much time a student has to devote to learning each day and each week. However, most students complete their course study within one year to eighteen months, but there are a number of courses that require longer periods of study.

Study Methods of ICS Distance Learning School

Courses are planned and developed to allow students to study on their own terms, in their own time, whether from home, from the office, or even from a public library.

There are over a hundred courses and thousands of subjects with the schools offering everything from GCSEs, A-Levels, and Diplomas, to BA, BSc., MA, and MSc degree programs, plus they offer professional qualifications in associations with professional bodies and institutes.

Courses are available for overseas students from any part of the world and all courses are distance learning-based. This means you can study in your own time and at your own pace. Some of the courses offered by ICS distance learning schools include, but is not limited to the following:

Creative & Interest

  • Photography
  • Interior Design
  • Dressmaking
  • Creative Writing
  • Study Skills
  • Fashion and Beauty
  • Creative Designs
  • Animal Care
  • Gardening
  • Textiles
  • Writing Books for Children
  • Makeup artist
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IT Technical Courses

  • Systems Operations
  • Programming & Games Design
  • PC Basics, Maintenance & Repairs
  • Web Technology
  • Digital Media

Degrees Courses

  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Health & Social Care
  • Education Studies
  • English & History

Vocational Courses

  • Construction, Trade & Engineering
  • Travel, Hospitality & Retail
  • Beauty & Fitness
  • Business & Management
  • Care & Education


  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Purchasing & Supply
  • Personnel and Development
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Career Toolkits
  • Continuous Professional Development

GCSEs & A Levels

  • GCSEs
  • A Levels
  • A-Level Revision Packages

ICS Examinations

Most ICS Diploma courses don't require an examination, but what is required is a continuous assessment of each individual student, but there are some courses that require that enrolled students must sit for a few exams. Students will, however, receive information beforehand about what exams to take and when to take them. The information will be relayed electronically, in their first study shipment.

Student Support at ICS Learn

It is gladdening to know that distance learning doesn’t mean you will be studying in isolation. Because you are studying off-campus does not mean you are studying alone. Students can contact the school's Student Advisers who will give practical assistance throughout the course, including granting access to online student community chat rooms.

ICS Learn online student community has been designed to allow students to interact with and learn from other international correspondence students, members and education experts, including getting involved in interactive discussions and having access to an online research library. Students will also be able to voice their opinions through students’ surveys.

For paper-based studies, students benefit from the support of experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable tutors. They will mark students work, comment, and provide feedback and encouragement by answering any questions students may have during the course of their online education.

Further reading:

Distance Education - Pros and Cons of Online Study

Benefits of Studying from Home at ICS Learn

Being a distance learning course, students can learn and study wherever they are and whenever they wish. And the best thing about 'attendance' is that one need not give up a current job or family commitments to study at correspondence schools online.

If you are a student, you will get full support to make your studies easy to implement. All your paper-based subjects can be split into smaller modules made up of clearly identified study units which you can then work through at your own pace.

After you complete each unit, you will get test papers sent to you online. Depending on which course it is, you will receive them by fax or by courier services. Your tutor will expect you to complete it and send it back to him or her for marking and grading. The tutor will then return the test papers with his/her marks and comments. With the successful completion of each module, the student is then ready for the next one.

For more in-depth information on ICS Learn, and for a complete list of all the courses the international correspondence school offers, please visit their website at ICS Learn.

© 2011 viryabo


Ayman alkayyem on October 05, 2020:

Iwont to know my name in members or not

I was signed from 1995

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on September 10, 2020:

Hi Abraham.

Contact ICS at:

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on August 28, 2020:

Hello Lou,

Visit ICSLearn to find out the business courses they offer.

Lou Gomez on August 27, 2020:

I wana try a business related course. From philippines. How?

Winston on May 25, 2020:

Do you offer Instrumentation please?

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on May 20, 2020:

John T Jensen hello. Did you study it at ICS?

Have you tried to contact them on this? If not, please do. Visit their website “Contact is” link. Here it is:

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on May 20, 2020:

Hi John Montgomery. Sorry for the late response.

Yes you can. Just visit their site and plug in your information.

John T. Jensen on May 19, 2020:

I completed the first two parts of the civil engineering program in the 1970,s while working with the Oregon highway department. I have been unable to find my diplomas and am wondering if there are records that would make it possible to replace these items.

John montgomery De Barros on April 21, 2020:

Please advise whether courses ore offered for Computer Assisted


Grateful for your reply.

April 21, 2020

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on April 21, 2020:

Volt, you can enroll with ICS from anywhere in the world. Including from the Philippines.

Google ICS Learn, then enroll on the site. It’s fairly straight forward.

Volt Tamone on April 21, 2020:

Where I can enroll ICS?

Volt Tamone on April 21, 2020:

Is ICS available in the Philippines?

viryabo (author) from Lagos, Nigeria. on March 04, 2020:

Hello Dennis.

For details concerning courses and costs of study, please visit the ICS Learn website. The link is above, at the end of the article.

Dennis Quijada from Block 6 unit 7 2nd street, INC compound, Bo, Bucal, Dasmariñas, Cavite 4114 on March 04, 2020: