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The are many reasons to keep increasing our knowledge and skills. You may just want to learn something new, a subject that you love but have never had the time for. Perhaps you want to progress your current career or move to a new one. The more skills you have, the more you get out of life and the better your chances of finding the right job.
Regardless of your motivation for wanting to “go back to school’, these days there is something available for everyone. There are opportunities to study at all levels from GCSE through university to professional qualifications. However, it isn’t just about exams, there are plenty of options to learn about topics you are interested in outside of formal qualifications that are provided by professors at top universities and other professional educators.
The internet has enabled learning online as a viable option either in place of or to complement traditional teaching methods, giving students the flexibility to learn whenever suits their lifestyle.
The ‘How to Get Started’ section below provides a variety of links to different levels of qualification as well as a number of Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) providers.
Invest in yourself; do something new; follow your dreams; conquer your fears; meet new people; improve your self esteem.
Learning never ends. Our brains are hard-wired for learning. Every day brings new sensory input that must be filed away or discarded, and much of it is meaningless drivel fed to us by the media at large that simply goes in one ear and out the other. So take a targeted approach to information gathering. Go back to school to retrain yourself as a thinker that can chew over and digest information rather than just swallowing it whole.
Learn something new; a career change; challenge yourself; build your knowledge.
Who is it for?
Anyone – just find the right level to start learning. It’s not just about exams.
Are there any prerequisites?
Yes – for university / post graduate courses
No – Open University courses and MOOCs
What are the benefits?
Improved self-esteem; new friends / network; better self-esteem; investment in yourself.
How much will it cost?
Wide ranging from free online courses to expensive university and professional qualifications.
Funding may be available via student funding or corporate sponsorship.
Can I take it to another level?
A-level to degree to post-graduate.
What Equipment do I need?
Pen / Paper or Laptop / Tablet.
Where can I take part?
Online or classroom or a combination.
Discuss with your boss; your place of work may be able to support you if it’s a related field.
Do your research to find the best course and delivery mechanism to suit you.
Discuss with family and friends – it’s a big commitment
Make sure you understand the full cost implications – don’t forget books / travel etc
Facts & Stats
About one out of 10 university applicants in the UK is 25 or older, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
In the US, enrolment for students 25 and older rose 41% from 2000 to 2011, according to the National Centre for Education Statistics, and now stands at roughly four out of 10 students.
In Australia, about 40% of students age 25 to 64 are working full-time and studying part-time, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Did you know…
A person who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophile.
NOTTOT Related Links
NOTTOT Link –
How to get started
GSCE / A-level etc
Degree / Post Graduate
Undergraduate courses: www.search.ucas.com/
Postgraduate courses: www.ukpass.ac.uk/students/coursesearch
Teacher training courses: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training / www.teachfirst.org.uk
Part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/courses/Pages/default.aspx/
‘Access’ courses: www.ava.accesstohe.ac.uk/SubSites/PublicSearch/search.aspx
Open University (OU) courses: www.ava.accesstohe.ac.uk/SubSites/PublicSearch/search.aspx
Massive Open Online Courses
Links to related information
NOTTOT Link – www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24711245
NOTTOT Link – www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/mar/11/older-learners-studying-university-david-willetts
NOTTOT Link – www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/going-back-to-school-at-30/
NOTTOT Link – www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/hr-news/9387527/Fancy-a-midlife-career-change-Meet-three-inspiring-women.html
NOTTOT Link – www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/sep/28/secret-teacher-nearly-50-school-choice-career-advice
NOTTOT Link – www.workingmother.com/career-advice/back-school-yes-we-mean-you