During lockdown in March 2020 I – like many others – wasn’t able to go to work.
During this period, I had time to really think about what I was doing and where my career was heading now that I had completed my apprenticeship. I was feeling concerned that I was being limited in just childcare and didn’t want to commit to this field forever.
This made me start looking at my options, which is when I started looking at degree courses offered at Petroc. I didn’t want to continue with a specific child-related qualification, and that’s when I started looking into the Psychological Studies degree – It sounded interesting, and something I could really enjoy as well as giving me more experience and knowledge.
I chose to do a degree at Petroc for a number of reasons; it costs less to do a degree here than at Universities, and I didn’t want to leave home and deal with a new city as well as a new course, that would have been too much for me personally. I love where I live and didn’t want to move, this way I can study for my degree with the support I need around me – and I don’t have to leave my dog!
Once I had decided on my course, the rest was easy. The application was easy to complete and my interview took place over the phone – I was enrolled within two weeks!
Once I was enrolled, I was given information and resources to prepare me for September. We had zoom sessions providing us with anything we needed to know including an understanding of our programmes and the expectations for the first year. It made me feel prepared and ready.
I attended the first day in person and we were provided with a bi-weekly timetable; basically attending one week in person then the next online – this went really well, but actually, due to there being no more than 16 of us on our course, we attend in person in the lecture theatre for all but one of the classes. This actually suits me better as I enjoy learning in this environment.
Attending Petroc college during the pandemic has not been an issue for me; the college feels safe and everything is being done to ensure we are ok.
I only attend 1.5 days a week which gives me plenty of time for degree work at home as well as having a part-time job – I have found I need to do approximately 15 hours of college work – give or take – per week.
I am really enjoying the degree so far and have been surprised by how much I am loving a module called ‘Criminology Studies’. It is never too late to enjoy learning new things, and I feel like this has opened up a really exciting world I had never even considered before starting my degree.
My plan is to finish the Foundation Degree, then decide what I want to do before committing to a third year for the full BA. I will definitely have to think about my career and how it will include Criminology, but right now, I am just working hard to get my assignments done for the first year!
Foundation Degree in Psychological Studies
It is never too late to enjoy learning new things, and I feel like this has opened up a really exciting world I had never even considered before starting my degree.