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What makes us so special?

Some of our candidates and clients pin down what sets us apart.

Our Ethos

Our company ethos is defined by the tailored and personal experience that we provide to all of our candidates and clients. As we approach our 33rd year it is rewarding to see how many of our early clients and candidates are still working with us.  

Maureen and Carol believe that it is about consistency and resilience and of course being ahead of the game…

Listen to what some of them have to say about us below.

I’ve increased my knowledge of HR management and processes immensely and I also think it’s given me professionally a lot more confidence. Carol Bates was amazing. She was really supportive. I felt that if I got stuck in some part of a module she could point me in the right direction or give me tips of where I should be looking. I did feel she’d always be there if I did need some support. I really enjoyed working with Carol.

Anna Merrall

Christian Copyright Licensing International, L5 Diploma in HRM

I could do it all through distance learning. This was the main thing for me. I didn’t have to go to London.

I absolutely loved Maureen. She was so helpful, just perfect. Thank you very very much, for all the hard work and patience you’ve had, and getting me through it as quick as you did.

Hanna McGuffie

Central Laundry Limited, L3 Foundation Diploma in HR

The course gave me some new ways of working, looking at time management, looking more strategically & looking at evaluating training more effectively. Thank you to the whole Cullen Scholefield organization for the support. The Circle of Peers has been very useful. Kerry was very flexible in the way she tutored me, and that last assessment was very useful.

Jilly Bayford

AJW Aviation, Level 5 Certificate in HRD

I was looking for something flexible because my job at the time, meant I couldn’t commit to being out at college at regular intervals. The flexible approach suited what I was looking for. For me, personally, it’s made me look at things a lot differently at work. When a new challenge comes up I feel I can go off and look into these things in a lot more detail. Looking outwardly. Looking at what other people are doing. I’ve got a lot of places that I can go to to research and for information. Professionally it’s helped me understand how my role should fit in the business.

Sally Prentice

SSP Food Travel Experts, L7 Diploma in HRD

It was a nice experience and the tutors were so helpful, and it worked for me, so I didn’t shop around. They were my first choice. The qualification was really important to me. To me, it wasn’t so much about progressing and becoming an HR Director. It was because I never went to University and never had a degree, so it was more about my self belief, and I have gained that. I know I can do it, I’ve done it well.

Karen Coulson

Willis Group, Level 7 Advanced

I like Cullen Scholefield’s study methods. I know myself as a learner and it’s much better for me to be set tasks, but then get on with it myself. That works very well. If I’d gone back to Brighton University I’d have gone to lectures, but I wouldn’t get out of the lectures what you were supposed to. A 20 minute call with Maureen was better than a 2 hour lecture. The lectures at Brighton were 6 hours long. I have gained the ability to apply for any job in HR now. As I’ve moved into HR as a new career, it’s given me that confidence that I do know what I’m talking about and I do understand the subject matter.

Mary Fursman

Brighton and Hove City Council, L7 Diploma in HRM

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I wouldn’t have achieved my qualification without the hands-on approach. I’d recommend Cullen Scholefield, especially Carol Bates. The patience of that woman!

Did I feel isolated in my learning journey? No, because Carol was there.

Tristan Thompson


Cullen Scholefield are really personable. They are really approachable people and they don’t make you feel silly.

I have recommended the course to quite a few people.

I’d just like to thank Maureen. I wouldn’t have done it without her!

Sam Mayes

Dorset Police

Carol was absolutely marvellous. I would recommend her to a tutor to anyone. She was a great support.The door is always open, so you can always get in touch and ask any questions you might have.

I finished the course a year or so ago, but Carol and I are still in touch because she was such a great tutor.

Lucy Berry

I don’t think I could have been as successful without someone like Maureen to support me. Maureen is very encouraging, but will push you if you need to.

It’s a nice honest open approach and very supportive. It makes you feel like you’ve got the ability to do more.

Gerry McDowell

Centrica plc

When I was thinking of which provider to go with, Cullen Scholefield, came top because of the flexibility that they provide.

They’re always going to be there for you.

You can pick up the phone, if you’re in Abu Dhabi, Singapore or London and talk things through.

Ann Makus

Future Cities Catapult, CIPD Level 7