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    Hi folks

    I'm a 37 year old male in full time employment and I'm considering taking a distance learning course, probably at HNC, then HND level. I'm just wondering whether there are any others like me who have gone through such a process and what their experiences were.

    I have 9 GCSE's and 4 A-levels, but although I went to uni at 18 to study astrophysics I unfortunately didn't enjoy uni life and ended up dropping out with depression at the start of year 2. I've basically worked ever since and for the past 14 years I've been a technical manager for a company that sells digital printing equipment to businesses. I earn a good wage, but have done absolutely nothing since to further my education. No courses, certificates, nothing. I am starting to feel now that to progress further I need to get some qualifications, especially since my employers are nearing that time in their lives when they are starting to think about retiring or stepping back a bit and I'd like to be able to step up and take more of an active role in the running of the place.My main issue here is that although I know plenty about "the business", I know nothing about "running a business". So, I've been looking at possibilities for business courses that I could take.

    Having browsed the web for a while, one course that is standing out is a BTEC level 5 HND in Business and Management with RDI. It lasts 2 years, involves 8-10 hours of study a week and looks feasible in terms of costs.Does anybody have anyhing to add in terms of experiences in distance learning, fitting it around real life (I have a young family and work full time). I'm just interested in hearing opinions and getting advice really.

    many thanks

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    Hi Graham,

    I have recently finished a course via distance learning while working fulltime. Well, it's tough as you come home tired and still need to study. Obviously you have to be disciplined in order to finish everything on time. Check if they offer online lectures, guidance etc. that will make it easier for you to plan your weekly study hours. Instead of watching tv you will be studying.. If you are motivated, I definitely recommend distance learning. Good luck!


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