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    I am starting the GDL at BPP in September and was hoping to get a part-time job (a couple of days a week) at the same time. Is that realistic? I know it depends on how fast I can work... but as a general indicator?

    How do people find the amount of work on the GDL in comparison to their degree?

    Thanks!
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    I'm doing the full time course via distance learning, and I don't find it that bad. Of course, I'm only doing 3 modules, rather than 7 due to exemptions, so that's probably why. I know that people dealing with all 7 of the foundations of knowledge are pretty busy for a good part of the course.
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    I'm Full Time GDL

    Football and other sporty stuff, frequent nights out every week, general socialising .... were all things i could do before the GDL.

    In all seriousness though, whilst it hasn't taken over my life, it is a lot of work. If you need a job whilst doing the full time course, maybe have a rethink.

    At CoL and BPP there is the option to do the course either in 2 full days per week (9-5 over Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday) or divided over the week (but we always get Wednesday off). I do know one or two nutters that do the 2 day timetable and have pt jobs as well, but you tend not to see them outside the classroom so i guess they sacrifice whatever remains of their social life.

    Having said that, the course is very interesting and taught in a very direct way by necessity. And the banter is decent. But it's nothing like university, closer to school really.

    (Original post by MickJB1989)
    I'm doing the full time course via distance learning, and I don't find it that bad. Of course, I'm only doing 3 modules, rather than 7 due to exemptions, so that's probably why. I know that people dealing with all 7 of the foundations of knowledge are pretty busy for a good part of the course.
    Then you're not really doing the GDL are you
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    (Original post by GoBigOrGoHome)

    Then you're not really doing the GDL are you
    Fair point I have to admit, serious revision for me is starting this week, and I would not want to be doing all 7 of the modules at once - I need to take breaks whilst revising, all work and no play after all (as the staff at BPP recommend we do) so I don't envy the proper full-timers!
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    (Original post by MickJB1989)
    Fair point I have to admit, serious revision for me is starting this week, and I would not want to be doing all 7 of the modules at once - I need to take breaks whilst revising, all work and no play after all (as the staff at BPP recommend we do) so I don't envy the proper full-timers!
    Yeah i heard BPP had its last teaching week this week... when do you guys have your exams?

    I'm at CoL and we've still got teaching after Easter until early May and the exams are in June.

    This year has flown by!
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    (Original post by GoBigOrGoHome)
    Yeah i heard BPP had its last teaching week this week... when do you guys have your exams?

    I'm at CoL and we've still got teaching after Easter until early May and the exams are in June.

    This year has flown by!
    My tutorials finish on saturday, lectures finished last week, but I still have one to watch, which I'm doing today. Students without exemptions have a research exercise due in sometime in early April, and exam season is late May/ early June; specifically mine are 31stM, 1stJ and 3rdJ - hopefully plenty of time!

    Are you sticking with CoL for LPC/BPTC, or moving elsewhere?
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    (Original post by MickJB1989)

    Are you sticking with CoL for LPC/BPTC, or moving elsewhere?
    I've not decided yet, i'm taking a gap year next year and then doing the LPC in 2012-2013.

    I'd leaning towards BPP tbh, but there's very little difference between the two imho. Ideally, i hope i get a TC so the decision is made for me as to who i end up going for lol.
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    (Original post by GoBigOrGoHome)
    At CoL and BPP there is the option to do the course either in 2 full days per week (9-5 over Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday) or divided over the week (but we always get Wednesday off). I do know one or two nutters that do the 2 day timetable and have pt jobs as well, but you tend not to see them outside the classroom so i guess they sacrifice whatever remains of their social life.
    I've applied for the two full days thing, because I kinda thought that it would've given me MORE free time since you have five free days off a week. Is this not true? Have I signed my life away? Oh, the humanity.
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    Okay thanks for the heads up, maybe I'll work one day a week instead... Just been looking at the term timetable - I've never had to sit so many exams! Wow.
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    (Original post by Brevity)
    I've applied for the two full days thing, because I kinda thought that it would've given me MORE free time since you have five free days off a week. Is this not true? Have I signed my life away? Oh, the humanity.
    You'll do the same amount of class time, but it really comes down to the work you do outside of class tbh, its like an exaggerate form of a seminar in uni, if you've not done the reading there's no point turning up and the reading does take hours, not as long as the seminar instructions say but it does take a lot of time. Remember you are cramming the fundamentals of a three year degree into one year.

    Having a job is definitely do-able with the 2 day option but you'll need to manage your time well, at CoL the course only became a lot of work around November - December tbf.
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    (Original post by GoBigOrGoHome)
    You'll do the same amount of class time, but it really comes down to the work you do outside of class tbh, its like an exaggerate form of a seminar in uni, if you've not done the reading there's no point turning up and the reading does take hours, not as long as the seminar instructions say but it does take a lot of time. Remember you are cramming the fundamentals of a three year degree into one year.

    Having a job is definitely do-able with the 2 day option but you'll need to manage your time well, at CoL the course only became a lot of work around November - December tbf.
    Sorry about continuing to pester you for information on this, but can I ask how many hours you do per day on the 2 day, and the 4 day course? Also, do you personally think that it'd be easier to hold down a part-time job on the 4 day course?
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    (Original post by Brevity)
    Sorry about continuing to pester you for information on this, but can I ask how many hours you do per day on the 2 day, and the 4 day course? Also, do you personally think that it'd be easier to hold down a part-time job on the 4 day course?
    I'm happy i can help in any way

    In terms of hours, it actually fluctuates week by week as our timetable is different for each week. For instance this week im in for 5 hours of lectures and 2 2 hour workshops so 9 hours in total across Tuesday 930 1430 Thursday 1045 1430 and Friday 930 1145. A pretty easy week, but then the reading and prep for the workshops could be extensive and can take up to 8 hours or more.

    Next week is probably the worst week so far, 6 workshops and 3 lectures so that will be just work work work that week.

    I think the 2 days have a more reasonable spread across weeks so there is less fluctuation (my timetable this fortnight is pretty extreme)

    I definitely think the 2 day is better for the doing a PT job because you know that you will be in on two days from 9.30 - 4.45 and you can plan your job and the rest of your life accordingly.
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    (Original post by GoBigOrGoHome)
    I'm happy i can help in any way

    In terms of hours, it actually fluctuates week by week as our timetable is different for each week. For instance this week im in for 5 hours of lectures and 2 2 hour workshops so 9 hours in total across Tuesday 930 1430 Thursday 1045 1430 and Friday 930 1145. A pretty easy week, but then the reading and prep for the workshops could be extensive and can take up to 8 hours or more.

    Next week is probably the worst week so far, 6 workshops and 3 lectures so that will be just work work work that week.

    I think the 2 days have a more reasonable spread across weeks so there is less fluctuation (my timetable this fortnight is pretty extreme)

    I definitely think the 2 day is better for the doing a PT job because you know that you will be in on two days from 9.30 - 4.45 and you can plan your job and the rest of your life accordingly.
    Ah, thanks for all your help.
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    This isn't first hand, but I've been told the best comparison is this: treat it as a full-time job (40 p/w) and you'll do fine.
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    I'm doing the full-time GDL at Bristol this September. I'm intending to select the 2-day option. For the other 2-3 days I'm intending to do some part-time work for my old school. Hope it works out! I'm going to be living in a Welsh village, so it's not like my social life was ever going to be manic anyway.
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    hiya, is anyone else starting their GDL in bristol with BPP this september? i'm sure how the whole accomodation thing works.
 
 
 
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