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Delivering ACS Courses

What is involved in delivering ACS courses?

There are seven areas of service that need to be provided. These are:

  1. Marketing
  2. Enrolment
  3. Creation and maintenance of intellectual property
  4. Delivery of intellectual property
  5. Supplementary support services
  6. Processing assignments
  7. Graduation



The Affiliate's Responsibilities

An affiliate will be responsible for marketing and enrolment.

ACS will be responsible for creation and maintenance of intellectual property.

The affiliate will eventually take responsibility for all other areas but ACS may supply some or all of these other service areas during a start up phase.

Defining the Work Tasks

1. Marketing

Marketing involves any activities necessary to attract students, communicate course information and convince them to study. This includes advertising, web site development, printing brochures and handbooks, other promotions and selling.

2. Enrolment

Enrolment involves receiving and processing applications to study, including applications for credit transfer or recognition for prior learning (ie. RPL). This will require checking that applications are completed correctly, fees are processed, students are appropriately informed, and appropriate student records are established in a records system (eg. a database).

3. Creation and Maintenance of Intellectual Property

This involves writing editing and updating electronic versions of text and images. It can also involve producing multimedia (eg. video and Flash presentations).

4. Delivery of Intellectual Property

This involves either:

a/ Printing and compiling hard copy of course notes, then sending the materials with appropriate texts to a student; or

b/ Providing the student with access to online course materials; or

c/ Burning and despatching a CD or DVD containing an electronic copy of the course.

5. Supplementary Support Services

This involves answering student questions, both administrative and academic, via phone, email or any other way.

For ACS, supplementary support services also involve providing Student Room services on the internet, a video loan library and some forms of recognition and accreditation (eg. credentials are established and maintained with various organisations through memberships and some formal recognition systems. Note: an affiliation does not necessarily mean an automatic flow on of such accreditations).

All student s are provided with a Student Manual designed to inform the student of the way in which the school operates. Note: The details of the manual may be customised by different affiliates to reflect any variations in operation which may be different to standard ACS operations.

6. Processing Assignments

This involves recording receipt of assignments, despatching to a tutor for marking, recording the result after marking, and returning them with tutor responses to the student .

7. Graduation

This involves finalizing the student's study. ACS does this by offering the option of either a letter of completion (without a formal pass) or the option of sitting an exam and gaining a formal letter of attainment. Affiliates may choose to vary the way they graduate students and adjust their student and staff procedures manuals accordingly.

What Will You Do?

A new affiliate may negotiate extra support services from ACS during a start up period.

The minimal responsibilities which the affiliate could undertake are enrolment and marketing. The maximum responsibilities the affiliate undertakes might be everything other than creation and maintenance of intellectual property.

What ACS Will Do

ACS provides electronic copies (and updates) of intellectual property (course notes etc.) on an ongoing basis. It will also assist in establishment by providing documentation (electronic copies) and advice related to everything from marketing to procedures manuals.


Though budget allocations may vary from year to year, the financial breakdown of the annual budget may be typically as follows.

  • Marketing Expenditure Approx. 20%
  • Enrolment Approx. 3%
  • Creation and Maintenance of Intellectual Property Approx. 33%
  • Delivery of Intellectual Property Approx. 5%
  • Supplementary Support Services Approx. 10%
  • Processing Assignments Approx. 12%
  • Graduation

Fees are charged for exams. Other than that

  • Profit Margin Approx. 10%


An agreement is made for ACS to provide a range of services until it is viable for the affiliate to take over those service provisions.

A typical scenario might be as follows:

Marketing & Enrolment

Intellectual Property

Delivering Course Materials

Supplementary Support Services

Processing Assignments


When Project Commences







End of Stage 1







End of Stage 2




ACS & Affiliate

ACS or Affiliate


End of Stage 3







Each stage might be considered complete when a particular monetary turnover is reached or when a certain number of courses have been sold.

The split in student fees at each stage should relate to budgetary details indicated above.



If you want to begin with something simpler, we have a different type of product that allows a student to study shorter, cheaper, fully automated study programs.

These courses are developed from some of our e books and allow a new affiliate to start up a school without needing to employ tutors or other staff. Theoretically, everything from enrolling a student and taking their fees, to assessing their work and processing their graduation can be fully automated.

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