Becoming a Student, Again

ncc home learning review

I think I’ve mentioned before that I would forever be a student if I could. I love learning new things and I love that whilst you’re a student, that is your main responsibility in life. Getting discount in most places is pretty cool too.

I’ve often thought about doing a Masters but there are two problems; I can never quite decide what subject I would do, and it costs a lot of money. Of course, I could save up and pay the tuition fees but it’s an awful lot of money. It seems a little silly to throw that money at something I’m not sure about. I would probably consider this more if I was eligible to get a postgraduate loan, but alas it’s apparently only for English folk.

I’d love to be able to say that I’m actually going back to university, but unfortunately, my new student life is being completed right from my bedroom. I’m going to be completing a course through NCC online. They got in touch, asking if I would like to complete one of their online courses. I had actually been looking at home learning courses not long before, so it was great timing. You can also choose a paper-based course and have the content posted out to you.

I’ve only just started my course but I’m doing the Media Studies Diploma. I’ve always been interested in media and everything it encompasses (I wrote my dissertation on the representation of women in the media). I wanted to take it for GCSE or A Level but my school didn’t offer it, and honestly, even if I had studied it in school the media as a whole has changed so much in the last ten years that it probably wouldn’t be that relevant anymore. The NCC course has a module on ‘New Media’ which includes YouTube and social networking. Which did exist in 2006 but it was more or less limited to funny cat videos and MySpace.

With this course, you have up to a year to complete all of the modules, which I think is a good amount of time. I’m not going to give myself a strict schedule, but I think I can complete one module in about one or two weeks without having to devote too much time out of other things to it.

Also, in case you weren’t aware (I wasn’t until after I signed up) NCC is recognised by NUS so yes, you can have a student card whilst studying, woohoo!

I think online courses are such a good way to boost your CV and expand on your skills and knowledge. Or just learn something you were always curious about. All from the comfort of your home and in your own time. I’ll be updating you on my progress with the course over the next few months.

I’d love to know which subject or course you would study and if any of you have completed one online!



The course has been provided free of charge in exchange for review but all opinions are my own.