I am currently in my 2nd year of the Early Childhood Foundation Degree at Warwick, and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve wanted to do a degree for many years, but I just never seemed to get around to it. I stopped on at school, but after my A Levels I felt like I needed a break from studying and decided to get a job. I think I always imagined that I’d go back to studying, and over the years I have done various courses; however, I never got around to completing a degree course.  

For a number of years, I’ve looked at different degree courses (mainly Occupational Therapy, Early Childhood and Business Studies and IT – a bit of a mixture, I know!!). However, with working full-time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to doing a degree and, also, I couldn’t decide which degree course was the right choice for me. After having my daughter, it just seemed like the right time to finally sign up for a degree course, and Early Childhood felt like the right choice. If nothing else, it would offer me valuable insight into my new role as a mother and a qualification, at the end of the day.

One of my main concerns with starting a degree was – would it keep me interested? I knew that if I didn’t find the course interesting, I just wouldn’t want to put any time in to studying, and that would be a problem. Let’s be honest, no-one wants to spend 3 years learning about a subject that bores them! But, maybe a little to my surprise, I’ve loved every minute of the course. I’ve enjoyed all the modules, all the reading, and I find it so informative and interesting. It’s definitely a lot of hard work, and academic writing itself is a real challenge. But, at no point over the past 2 years have I ever thought that I made the wrong choice to return to studying, or that I’ve chosen the wrong course.  

The Early Childhood Foundation Degree is run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL). It’s a part-time degree, and in the 3rd year of study you can progress from the foundation degree on to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood, which will take a further 4 terms to complete. I’m studying at the University of Warwick; however, you can also study at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.  

If you are interested in finding out more about Early Childhood, there’s an Early Childhood Information Evening on Tuesday 21 May. You can drop-in, anytime from 4.30-6.30pm, to meet course tutors, current students and the student funding team. You will need to book on to this event, and can do so via the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/about/events/ (just click on the Early Childhood Information Evening tab to access the online booking form).  

If the Early Childhood degree isn’t the right choice for you, but you’re interested in returning to education or finding out more about the other courses on offer through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, you can click on the following link for more information: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/

Additionally, in May and June, the CLL is running a number of Open Door sessions, where you can pop along and have an informal one-to-one chat with a member of the recruitment team, about the courses on offer and the support available. Booking is essential. So, to find out more about the dates/times of the Open Door sessions and to book a one-to-one, click on the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/about/events/.

You never know, this time next year you may have almost competed the first year of your degree course!