For students who do not live or come from an English-speaking country, we recommend taking an IELTS course to improve their language to level 5.5 or higher. You can do this alongside our courses. There may be a difference in the English level required for your top-up qualification, depending on where you complete it.

Upon completing the Richmond College course, you must have an IELTS score of Level 5.5 or above. You can study an English course alongside the Richmond College programme. At Level 4/5, you will require a complete secondary education to be eligible to enrol on the course. Universities will require a minimum age before embarking on the university top-up programme. At Level 7, you will require 5 years of managerial experience if you do not have a BA degree. This may vary for various University partners. However, we will examine every application individually, and some exceptions may be made.

There is no interview process. An application form must be filled out to ensure you meet the criteria.

First, students should visit the Richmond College Courses page to see available courses. Choosing a subject you enjoy is essential and will help you reach your goals. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right topic: Review the course modules: Do they interest you? Are they relevant to your chosen career path? How is the course taught and assessed: Are you motivated to study via distance learning? Are you able to work independently? Learners must ideally choose a path that comfortably moves on from their current skills and experience.

You will be eligible to study the Level-7 courses if you are a Graduate in any discipline and are aged 23 years or over. Non-graduates aged over 24 years with at least 5 years of experience in management may also apply.


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 Zoom and cover all aspects of assignment writing, particularly crucial areas students need to know.


In addition, students can access tutors who work with Richmond College. The tutor details are available via the Dashboard and will show which areas they specialise in and when they are available.

You must upload your submissions via the dashboard in the ‘Assignments’ section. All assignments must also include a plagiarism report.

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


Assignments are released to students upon enrolment.


After submitting an assignment, our markers will return the results within 10 working days. Once all assignments have been completed and marked, an Internal Verifier will view the work, which usually takes up to 10 working days. After the Internal Verification has returned and agrees with the initial marking, all assignments are sent to OTHM for External Verification. OTHM will then check all the work to ensure it meets the correct standard. This process can take up to 30 working days. 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 Richmond College has received the cleared funds, your course material will be released to you immediately.

Richmond College offers an interest-free payment plan so that you can pay for your course over a set number of months. Contact one of our student advisers for more information about this. UK students may also be eligible for student loans for the university top-up programme.

Richmond College levies no additional costs, and all other learning resources, including tutor support, e-books, games and short business courses, are included in the course tuition fees.

Payment can be made online through Sage Pay by credit/debit card, bank transfer or PayPal through any international bank.
Course purchases include assessments.



            OTHM is a UK-based Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), with a global network of delivery centres delivering a variety of credentials.  OTHM has created a name by providing excellent customer service, rewarding credentials, and progression routes to university degrees for satisfied students. OTHM provides bespoke training support and comprehensive university progressions, dedicated approval from an OTHM officer, simple, easy-to-use documents and website, innovative qualifications, External Verifier support, flexible delivery solutions, a global focus and close business development relationship to assist individual learners’ unique educational needs.

Learners who achieve a Richmond College qualification are automatically mapped against a standard UK Higher Education qualification framework. This is an internationally recognised credit framework. Universities can therefore award credits against the Richmond College study to give exemptions from large parts of their formal programmes. Richmond College and OTHM have pre-agreed arrangements with certain universities to provide credits against programmes on or off campus. This is termed ‘University Top-Up’.