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- Need help with finding an apprenticeship please! im stuck!
Hi there Im 18 I am looking for a higher apprenticeship involving Science and Maths. I have completed AS textiles which I got a grade B I am currently take my A2 biology, AS chemistry and AS maths. AS maths I am predicted A and AS....... Read More
- Would like to do an apprenticeship but have a degree!
Hey NGTU! I'm in a strange position, I wasn't aware of apprenticeships when I was looking at what to do after school so I went uni and studied a course for enjoyments sake. So now I have a degree but it is not in an area that I....... Read More
Part-time courses - better than university?
It used to be that the traditional route from secondary education to the start of a successful career was a spell at university. Now that only 40% of recent graduates have managed to secure the graduate job they've been preparing for, for so long... and since many more haven’t found any kind of work yet, it' not surprising that so many people are looking for an alternative to university - especially know the fees have risen by so much.
Some are choosing to go straight from school into work, which can look like that's the end of their education. It's not the case, though: even though you're working, it's always possible to study for the qualification you want through distance learning.
For many years, the Open University has been offering distance learning courses towards professional qualifications - and so much more. Whether you want to study just out of interest, or to advance your career a part-time course makes good financial sense. You're only paying for as many credits as you’re studying for at the time, and you can split the cost over the year, which keeps outgoings down. Obviously, distance learning means that your courses going to take a lot longer to complete, but since education lasts for a lifetime, what's the point in rushing things?
But if you do have the time for it, another alternative to a full-time university education would be a part-time course. Many colleges and universities offer these on their premises, which means that not only can you learn about the subjects that interest you - or even gain the qualifications you need - but also have a taste of what university life is like. Just a taste, mind you - and for some people, that could be enough!