London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live and work in, with recent reports placing it the sixth metropolis in the rankings, following behind other cities such as Singapore, Zurich and Paris. This, of course, has a knock on effect on the different services provided in the city, including professional training programmes.
London is now one of the top places to study for undergraduates and professionals alike, with top institutions such as University College London and LSE being a major draw for students from around the world. Furthermore, there are many smaller training institutions offering courses in everything from accounting and human resources to hotel management and leadership skills.
Accounting courses are some of the most popular professional training courses, mostly due to the city’s reputation for being a world centre for finance. With some of the top teachers here – and that fact that training will open up a huge range of job opportunities in this financial powerhouse – there are many reasons why people flock here to study.
Of course, with the joint popularity of courses and the fact that London is such an expensive city, affording an accounting course can be difficult for many people. Here are some tips on finding a course that does not break the bank yet provides all the job-specific and transferable skills that you can expect from a high quality programme of study run in the city.
Firstly, consider the certification that you want and need, and then choose your course so. Some of the best courses are run in institutions such as LSE, but of course these come at a premium price and there is a great deal of competition for entry. Although it can be tempting to get certain qualifications and certifications, these may not actually be necessary for your purposes.
Many of those who already have some training or certification in accounting can often benefit from a professional training course run by a smaller institution, and not a big name establishment. Many of the same skills and knowledge are taught in these smaller venues for a greatly reduced fee.
The next way to get value for money on an accounting course is to consider taking a group course with a larger number of participants. Although many people might prefer a more intimate setting with a smaller group, this is not actually necessary when it comes to accounting, actually being more important for ‘hands on’ leadership or communications skills courses.
With accounting, much of the information taught can be delivered in a lecture-style course with little need for a great deal of group interaction and feedback. This can mean that more people can take part in course and get great value from it, and also save a great deal of money as these courses generally tend to be priced lower too.
Lastly, another way to lower prices for an accounting course, many of which can be very expensive, is to look at taking advantage of promotional deals that many training providers run. These often include early booking discounts, late booking discounts, group booking discounts and loyalty discounts for booking more than one course with the provider.
All of these can take tens or even hundreds of pounds off the price of an accounting course for many people, and this can make all the difference when looking for the best of professional training without the price.
These are just a few tips of getting all the benefits of training without having to pay full price for it – look to take advantage of discounts, investigate courses with smaller training providers and also enrol on larger group courses. All of these can result in large discounts and better value for money overall.