Is a degree course the right choice for me?
I’ve asked myself this question many times over the past few years. My route at 16 years old, after my GCSE results, was A levels then university. However, half-way through doing my A levels, I lost interest. So, university wasn’t on the cards for me at that point. I just wasn’t ready. I wanted to get out into the working world! I didn’t have a career in mind, I just wanted a job and a wage. After a few years of working in a supermarket, then a betting shop, I decided I was ready for more. I started doing some part-time courses. I studied various computer courses, AS psychology, and in 2002 I started a HNC in Computing (alongside my full-time job at OCR Examinations Board). I graduated from my HNC in 2004, and I finally got my wish – to wear a cap and gown! In the back of my mind, I still always wanted to do a degree course, but I needed a break from studying after the HNC. I continued working for another few years, moving in to the field of Human Resources (HR). Then, in 2016, I had my daughter and I decided I was ready for a change. However, I didn’t know if a degree course was the right choice for me. So, I looked at what courses were on offer. I made a list of courses that sounded interesting, and I narrowed that list down to 2 courses – one being, Early Childhood at Warwick University. I made the choice to apply to Warwick, and I haven’t looked back.
If you’re thinking of starting a degree course, then, why not? What have you got to lose? I’m certainly glad that I made the decision to enrol on the Early Childhood degree at Warwick. I’m loving it! It’s definitely hard work and you need to put in the hours to get the grades, that’s for sure. However, I’ve learned so much already, and I’m looking forward to learning even more.
I’d recommend the Early Childhood foundation degree for early years workers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, or anyone that has an interest in learning more about the early years. It really is fascinating!
For more information on the Centre for Lifelong Learning courses, click on the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/courses/
Anyone interested in the Early Childhood programme, applications for 2018 entry are now open and should be submitted by 17 September 2018. Further information can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/courses/professionaldevelopment/early-childhood/earlychildhoodfdba/