Arden University has partnered with ISP Eduworld (an Australian education services company) to offer the first Global Freshman programme, the Global Freshman Certificate (GFC) at Arden University. The GFC allows you to finish your first year of university from your home country, with options to progress into your second year at multiple destination universities.
The Global Freshman Certificate is a 9-18 month online course which is equivalent to a freshman / first year undergraduate level. Once successfully completed, the GFC qualification will allow you to apply to study your second year face-to-face at a number of universities around the world. This will enable you to gain the confidence needed to study at university level before relocating to another part of the world to continue your studies. The GFC course provides you with a unique opportunity, allowing you to make sure your degree is the right fit for you and to complete your first year of study without having to commit to relocating to a new country for your studies.
Also if you just missed out on the entry requirements for Global Freshman Certificate, you can complete the Developing Academic and Numeracy Skills for University (DANSUS) module, a 3-month special study program that directly sets you up for the GFC.
The GFC currently offers two streams for study: business and computing. Both have six modules and share two core units of study before branching off into specialist pathways. Every student is required to complete these core modules, which offer you a solid grounding in practice and knowledge within your chosen area of study. You become a Global Freshman.
"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."
One-to-one support: We’ve created an online community of teachers and peers to support you in your learning journey.
The assessment strategy centres on a strong alignment with real-world organisational and business practice, and embraces a range of assessment methods including work-related products, posters, multiple choice assessments, company appraisals, and report writing.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.
That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.
We’ll also support you with getting access to the resources you need, wherever you study from, including assistance with obtaining any software you need to successfully complete the course.
To be eligible for our GFC, you should normally have:
Just missed out? We’ve got the solution for you.
If you missed out on the GFC, we have another chance for you to get back in the game. Global Freshman Direct is the Developing Academic and Numeracy Skills for University (DANSUS) module, a 12-week online course which you can complete prior to joining the Global Freshman Certificate.
Academic requirements: One A level or the international equivalent.
English level requirements: IELTS equivalent of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
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The business stream creates Global Freshmen with a knowledge and understanding of the key functions of business and how these interrelate. The programme will help you to:
The computing stream creates Global Freshmen with a knowledge and understanding of core concepts and techniques in the field of computing. The programme will help you to:
Options: Our partner ISP Education will be able to help you with your progression into the 2nd year of your degree; with many destinations and a growing number of member universities taking part in the programme, the choice of where to study after you complete the GFC is yours. Universities may reach out to you whilst you are studying the GFC, or you can apply to your universities of choice via the applyaway.com platform during your studies.
Progression to 2nd year: As a GFC graduate, you’re eligible for a place at any of the approved member universities. You’ll be able to continue your degree studies from year two once you’ve taken your place at your university of choice.
Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway.
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include: