School of Business and Trade (SoBaT)
This post will take a look at the School of Business and Trade and a free online education which ultimately leads to a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.
Introduction to SoBaT
The School of Business and Trade (SoBaT) was established in 2013 “to promote education without boundaries and background“.
According to their website “Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, everyone has the right to education and it shall be equally accessible. SoBaT currently offers several qualifications to suit everyone interested in higher education.”
In addition to the obvious benefit of obtaining a free education in Business Studies, advanced English learners can gain an additional benefit of improving their general English and Business English vocabulary and understanding. Even if you decide not to take any exams, the material is still a great learning resource.
What is SoBaT?
SoBaT in an online institute that offers a self-study, quality online education. Courses are flexible and can be started at any time. Instead of the traditional way of studying for several years, you can study at your own pace.
The courses are open to students from all over the world.
How does SoBaT work?
There are six courses offered, each one leading on to the next. Unfortunately, you have to start at the beginning, but you can go straight to the exam if you think you don’t need to learn for a particular course.
This graphic shows the six courses, together with an overview of their respective contents.
Each module starts with an introductory video, followed by some extensive reading material. You will get lots of reading practice!
Whenever you feel like it, you can take the test. You can do this as many times as you like and your best score is used for your certification.
Once you have successfully completed one set of exams, you have achieved that particular diploma and can start the next course.
Who benefits from SoBaT?
As I mentioned earlier, this requires quite a high level of English language ability. For native speakers who want to study these business topics at their own pace, this is ideal.
As we’re more concerned with learning Business English here, this offer has an additional learning potential in terms of business understanding and vocabulary. You learn useful things and gain valuable information from the first diploma material, even if you have no intention of taking the exam.
Of course, passing the exam and moving on to the next diploma provides a much larger benefit, but the decision is yours.
What does SoBaT cost?
Currently, there is no tuition fee applicable and a computer generated course completion certificate can be downloaded from the course area free of charge after achieving the required grades.
However, if you wish to obtain a printed certificate of the qualification, there is a fee of £25 plus £10 for postage. This covers the manual admin work required.
SoBaT are doing something really cool. They believe in a free education and are actually doing something about it.
This isn’t a shoddy course, thrown together quickly – it’s a quality offering that beats many paid courses hands down.
A word of warning: although there is no time limit to complete anything, if you don’t log in for six months, you will be removed from the system. This isn’t really a negative, but I wanted to mention it. It would be a shame to lose all your progress due to being busy.
Does this interest you? Or have you been an active participant at SoBaT? Please use the comments section to tell us about it.