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Thinking of going back into education... - April 21st 2016, 06:56 PM

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I have really been thinking hard about going back into education. I am 24 and live in the UK. I studied an NVQ Level 2 in Business & Administration but I am really thinking I would like to study further. I've been looking at a Humanities & Social Sciences access course as this would allow me to go to university and go on to do a degree. I would only be able to study part-time as I realistically could not stop working or go part-time. Has anyone done this course or a similar one, and anyone have any ideas of what degrees this course would allow me to do. I've looked online and it doesn't give me too much information, so it could be helpful to talk to someone who has done something similar to have an idea of what degree I could do and what career I could go into after.

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Re: Thinking of going back into education... - April 22nd 2016, 05:28 PM

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Hey guys,

I have really been thinking hard about going back into education. I am 24 and live in the UK. I studied an NVQ Level 2 in Business & Administration but I am really thinking I would like to study further. I've been looking at a Humanities & Social Sciences access course as this would allow me to go to university and go on to do a degree. I would only be able to study part-time as I realistically could not stop working or go part-time. Has anyone done this course or a similar one, and anyone have any ideas of what degrees this course would allow me to do. I've looked online and it doesn't give me too much information, so it could be helpful to talk to someone who has done something similar to have an idea of what degree I could do and what career I could go into after.

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I personally don't have a degree in Humanities, but I have several friends who do. The other exception that I want to make note of is that I live in the states.

Every person I know who got a degree in Humanities, unanimously, works in retail, breweries (yes, multiple friends with humanities ended up there), and a church. However, they didn't enter these jobs at a 'base level' so-to-speak. Thus, I'd imagine that you'd end up somewhere similar. It's basically just something that says you put additional work into yourself, which makes you more hire-able than someone without a degree. But you say you already studied Business Administration, so I'm uncertain what this would benefit you.

I found this:
http://www.suttontrust.com/wp-conten...ees-REPORT.pdf

It's 2 years old, but it shows you the earnings by degree. Page 36 shows earnings comparatively in humanities to business.

Also you can try indeed.com
http://www.indeed.co.uk/Research-Stu...l-Science-jobs

You can search for job listings in your area to see base salary, job requirements, etc. for a specific degree.

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Re: Thinking of going back into education... - April 22nd 2016, 06:53 PM

Humanities and social science covers quite a bit

I guess it depends on what you are interested in. My degree was in Educational Studies and English so slightly similar. I hope to be a primary school teacher, but some of my friends have gone on to teach at secondary schools and colleges. I have other friends who did a degree in Journalism or Graphic Design, and my brother is currently doing a degree in History. Other degrees that would come under 'Humanities' would be in film, music, drama, philosophy, sociology, other languages, business and accounting. 'Social science' could include criminology, education, psychology and sociology.

You might like to check out the National Careers Service. They have a handy section on 'job profiles' where you can browse all different types of careers and what qualifications you would need.

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Re: Thinking of going back into education... - April 26th 2016, 11:06 PM

Hello.

I did an Access course. Mine was in 'Healthcare' but the college offered a 'Social Sciences' one too. The people doing Social Sciences wanted to go on to complete degrees in subjects such as Social Work or Psychology. I'm not 100% sure, but you might also be able to use it to get into teaching. Essentially, you'd be looking at a career working with/helping people.

Ultimately, however, it is up to each individual university to decide whether or not to accept Access course students. If you go to a university's webpage for a particular degree, under the entry requirements there will be something about it. If in doubt, contact them and ask. They'll be happy to advise you.

You may be thinking, "But universities offer lots of different degrees, it's going to take forever to read through the entry requirements for all of them". And that's where my next bit of advice comes in...

In all honesty, I wouldn't start an Access course until you know how you're going to make use of it (i.e. what degree you will go on to study). They're not much use as a stand-alone qualification and are only valid for two years upon completion so, if you don't start university within that timeframe, you'll have wasted time and money.

Everyone I was on the course with was set on a particular career before they started and that's kind of how it's supposed to work, rather than starting the course and seeing where it takes you.

I'm definitely not trying to put you off. I just think it's better to go into it knowing what you are going to do afterwards.

Do you have any idea what sort of career you would like? If you have a rough idea then it makes it a lot easier when looking at university websites. Also, the looking might help you to make a decision. Often the degrees will be grouped into faculties/departments which can help you to further narrow down your choices.

If you want any more advice or support, you can PM me any time!

As a side note, I think most colleges run Access courses part-time, because they realise that the people doing them have other commitments.


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