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    Quote Originally Posted by 666 View Post
    yeah level 2 of mine was easy I just couldnt be bothered with it , I have 13 GCSE, 3 alevel , 1 as level and a HNC in chemistry ... level two lab skills was pointless but I did it in a month ... ha

    going to do most of my level 3 in the month too
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    I'd love to go back to school, just can't afford it.

    Last time I studied was when I got my NVQ Lv 3&4 in customer service and 3&4 in call handling and Lv3 in business admin, nice thing was that work paid for it all, would have got my Lv4 in business admin but I had to go on maternity leave and was then made redundant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redraven View Post
    I'd love to go back to school, just can't afford it.

    Last time I studied was when I got my NVQ Lv 3&4 in customer service and 3&4 in call handling and Lv3 in business admin, nice thing was that work paid for it all, would have got my Lv4 in business admin but I had to go on maternity leave and was then made redundant.

    Would love to just learn summat again though.
    Open Uni is a lot more affordable than a brick uni, and more funding available (I work full time & still get the maximum grant, haven't paid a penny towards my degree so far!) - might be worth looking into. I will spend ages singing the praises of the OU tbh, haha.

    I'm only 21, but will be 24 by the time I finish my degree (October 2013 hopefully). I study with the OU so the majority of people on my modules are older than me - definitely plenty in their 40s/50s, and I think there might be a couple in their 60s. This is on computing/IT courses btw, and they certainly seem to be enjoying it, heh. I'm always one of the youngest few students. It's a bit of a different experience with the OU as you don't get so much of the social side though. The opportunity to meet people is there, just not as easily accessible (which is fine by me, I like being a loner).

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    Ah thanks Kate, my main problem is that I have to be extremely flexible with work and as I'm self employed if any learning/studying got in the way so to speak, I'd lose income/contracts instantly, add into that my hubby has gone from working nearly 40 hours a week to nearer 25 and possibly going less than that I can't risk it :S. It really is the route I would go down however. I like the idea of being in a brick uni in one respect but know I'd learn better on my own as I'm so used to being a loner myself hehe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by froover View Post
    ive decided to do something with my brain before it atrophies entirely...

    namely a BA(Hons.) in History&Politics

    im older than most folks here (by probly 10 years) but im interested to hear anyones experiences with "going back to school"

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    I don't think I really count seeing that I've never actually taken a break from studying (apart from a gap year) but I'm 25 now and on my second degree. I finish next summer which is waaaaaay too soon for my liking. I love learning stuff and I'm a bit worried that I'll be rubbish at actually doing to job I'm training for!! At least I get to do CPD stuff and I'm tempted to specialise as a small animal orthopaedic surgeon so that's way more learning for me to do.
    Everyone on my course was at least 21 when they started and a couple were late 20s/early 30s and everyone has done amazingly so far. Veterinary medicine is ridiculously intense and I don't know if I could do it if I'd taken a prolonged break from studying, however I'm useless at revising as it is so maybe it wouldn't have made much difference!! The older ones among us (theres a school leavers age version of the course too) have a way more active social life and seem to get better grades generally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redraven View Post
    Ah thanks Kate, my main problem is that I have to be extremely flexible with work and as I'm self employed if any learning/studying got in the way so to speak, I'd lose income/contracts instantly, add into that my hubby has gone from working nearly 40 hours a week to nearer 25 and possibly going less than that I can't risk it :S. It really is the route I would go down however. I like the idea of being in a brick uni in one respect but know I'd learn better on my own as I'm so used to being a loner myself hehe!
    thats actually a very similar situation to us, plus we live on the isle of skye, where the nearest physical uni building is 3 hours travel away...

    almost all of the course ill be doing is by video conferencing. Although i was very sceptical of the idea at first, ive seen it work smoothly with my partner's course (shes at the end of her 3rd year)

    maybe you could fit in something like that?

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    I'm 24 (next month) and doing an OU degree focussing on Environmental Studies and Social Policy - but I do keep changing my mind haha. To be honest I've lost my momentum a bit, but hoping when I get some work done on Sunday I'll be back on track!
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    I'm going to Salford Uni this September hopefully to commence a Physics degree (with Foundation), and I hear Salford has a very high mature student population. No probs for me, 18 year olds aren't always the most stimulating of company...I think that and I'm only 22!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quotidianaubergine View Post
    I'm going to Salford Uni this September hopefully to commence a Physics degree (with Foundation), and I hear Salford has a very high mature student population. No probs for me, 18 year olds aren't always the most stimulating of company...I think that and I'm only 22!
    I went to Salford and my course was mostly people 18-22ish I think. We had one woman who was at least in her 40s...can't remember anyone else. I dropped out after the first year though.

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