After the post ‘A’ Levels gap year spent sometimes working, mostly having fun, I went away to Uni ‘proper’ in 2002. I ended up dropping out after only a couple of months as I found I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to end up afterwards and liked the idea of earning money rather than racking up student debt while I figured it out. I was familiar with the idea of Open University study as a family member had done some courses while I was growing up and knew that an ‘Open degree’ was an option where a set subject isn’t chosen but individual modules can be studied out of interest provided that enough module credits are earned at each level (those are 1, 2, 3, equivalent to 1st, 2nd, 3rd years at a full time Uni). The idea of earning full time and studying part time appealed so I signed up for my first course in 2004, “You, your computer and the Net” a Level 1 tech module, I had just started working for a technology company so it seemed appropriate. In 2005, after successfully completing the first, I attempted another tech course but quickly discovered programming was not for me so decided to change subject. Over the past 6 years I have completed 6 more courses, mostly humanities subjects (Literature, Philosophy) and one Intro to Business Studies (again, not for me). During that time both work and personal experiences have inspired an increasing interest in studying Psychology, which I studied at AS Level back in college and have always found fascinating, with the idea that it might lead to a career in that field. Finally managed to figure out what I want to do ‘when I grow up’.
So, last summer (2011) I signed up for an OU Openings course ‘Starting with Psychology’, which is an ‘entry to uni-level study’ course designed to give an introduction to a subject, so that I could get an idea of whether I would actually enjoy Psychology (and stick to it) or not. I did both. That finished end of September and in early November I started ‘Discovering Psychology’ which is level 1 and worth 30 credits out of 360 required to complete the BSc (Honours) Psychology degree I will eventually (if all goes according to plan) end up with.
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