“Studying online means I can fit my studies to my life, rather than fitting my life around my studies,” says Anna Enos, who studied online for an MSc in information and library studies with Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Online learning, whether for a degree or as a short course, offers a flexible study option for people who can’t commit to fulltime study, or don’t have access to a nearby university.
If you’ve been out of education for a long time, the thought of going “back to school” and fitting study into a busy schedule, can be daunting. Life commitments mean that going into class every day is not always an option.
Caring responsibilities meant that Lyndsay Briggs didn’t think of studying as an option, until she found an online course that suited her. “I have a two-year-old son called Alfie and looking after him takes up most of my time,” she says.
Briggs is now studying for a diploma in counselling skills at Stonebridge Associated Colleges.
She says: “When my dad died this April, it was something of a wake-up call. I lost my mum in 2007 and losing dad as well made me think seriously about education again. I wanted to make my parents proud and decided that now was the time to pursue the career I’ve always wanted.”
Some people put off studying, others don’t even see it is an option.