The price for this course was really, REALLY good, but I wish I never bought it. This method of teaching and learning is not for me.
I'm still completing the diploma and I'm honestly really struggling. There actually isn't a tutor available to message or ask questions (there's an "assessor" but they are difficult to contact and at times the response I've got is vague or doesn't really answer my question directly). If someone had told me that I wouldn't have a tutor who checks in on my progress who I can directly AND regularly communicate with, I wouldn't have bought the course.
The supplement material:
Activities on the Moodle platform are either too basic or too complicated and the study material covers only a few concepts of the topic (you're expected to "find and use additional resources on your own"). So I've had to buy Chemistry textbooks and scour the internet for hours and hours, to find help and clarification on the topics that apparently they've already taught me on Moodle.
There's a lot of assumed knowledge too that isn't even mentioned but I'm guessing that's my own fault for having not taken GCSE Higher Chemistry(?!). Still, it said upon purchase that it's made for adults and is an accessible course. I didn't find this accessible at all. I was also told it'd be fine if I'd been out of GCSE science practice for a while. I previously did 90 credits with the Open University in STEM subjects, so I know I'm capable of succeeding with distance learning education...just not with Aspire Courses.
I can also back up what the other reviewer Jonathan has said: most materials used in the course are not referenced and a lot of the links are from YouTube. And there are so many grammatical and punctuation errors - additionally, I've found they've written Activity questions that don't match the answers section, or there are typos in the answers. That throws me off completely because I shouldn't need to check the answers section for accuracy! (I cross-checked online with reputable resources like chemguide and BBC who asked the exact same practice questions and found several inconsistencies).
This lack of guidance makes me feel absolutely hopeless. Currently I have a deadline for an assignment that I reckon I'm going to fail. And if you fail to meet the requirements, you get one opportunity to resubmit (capped at a pass) and if you still don't meet it, then you've failed the whole course. Obviously, having paid almost 2k for this course, it's a lot of pressure to pass. I previously wanted distinctions for every unit, but I'm feeling really rotten about it now...
This is just my personal experience. The admin team/contact centre are however very friendly and nice, always quick to respond, but I just don't think the course is thorough enough for what it said on the tin, and certainly doesn't cater to my desired learning approach.