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    This is probably going to be fairly long winded but I suppose some input in the situation is going to help me make a better decision. I am basically looking to get back into education after a pretty awful period away from education. I finished my GCSEs over 2 years ago finishing school with 10 GCSEs that primarily consisted of A*/A grades with one C grade in Mathematics.

    I began studying 5 AS subjects at a new school on a scholarship playing Rugby and studying for a fairly prestigious local school. I fell ill soon after starting and I was signed off by my GP while a specialist consultant began to attempt to find out the possible issues and conditions that rendered me virtually unable to leave the house. Obviously, the circumstances are beyond my control but I appear to have inherited a condition that has not troubled anyone in my family for a while. I do not drink, smoke or do any drugs and miraculously I am full of duodenal ulcers topped off with Gastritis, duodenitis and some bleeding that has left me anemic. I rapidly then lost around 5 stone in weight. The consultants now think it might be an inherited disease and are acting accordingly.

    Being this ill has left me almost housebound since I left school 2 years back. In the intermission of my illness, I attempted to get back into education but I was literally unable to. During my enrollment day, I was in the hospital having a procedure done. Obviously living in one room has taken its toll on me but I seriously want to get back into education somehow.

    My condition is still not brilliant but I feel like I have wasted numerous opportunities moving from a state school to an independent school in an attempt to make something of myself. My local colleges do not offer any adult learning courses and the nearest adult college three train journies away (I think it is about 40 miles away). Obviously still being pretty ill is making me skeptical about doing that every day for the next 2 years,

    I enquired about the OU in August about studying a BA (Hons) with them over a 4 year period allowing me to study from home. My only concern is that I do not want to get myself in debt studying a degree that I might struggle with. I doubt I will but I am just so skeptical about returning.

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation to me?

    What are other alternatives available aside from the OU?
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    Hi there, I just wanted to say that I understand your fear of going back to education after a long period out of it! I know that there are long distance learning options that some universities can give you. If you want to go to university, you will inevitably rack up debt, but that's what student loans are for! I think you need to consider why you are skeptical about returning, you say that you might struggle, but doubt that you actually will. I think distance learning is your best option (including that of OU). Perhaps it might be worth having a phone call with the disabilities teams at different universities with regards to what they could do for you, I know that a lot of the wellbeing and disability teams have access to note-takers and extra time/support for assignments. At the end of the day, it's your life! It really sounds like you want to get back into education, but you're super worried about not being able to do it. I get that, I'm doing an MSc course and sometimes I don't feel like I'm good enough for it. Have a look at all the courses you're interested in, and then see if they have contact information for their support teams and get in contact with them to see what they might be able to do!I wish you the best of luck!
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    Hi there, I just wanted to say that I understand your fear of going back to education after a long period out of it! I know that there are long distance learning options that some universities can give you. If you want to go to university, you will inevitably rack up debt, but that's what student loans are for! I think you need to consider why you are skeptical about returning, you say that you might struggle, but doubt that you actually will. I think distance learning is your best option (including that of OU). Perhaps it might be worth having a phone call with the disabilities teams at different universities with regards to what they could do for you, I know that a lot of the wellbeing and disability teams have access to note-takers and extra time/support for assignments. At the end of the day, it's your life! It really sounds like you want to get back into education, but you're super worried about not being able to do it. I get that, I'm doing an MSc course and sometimes I don't feel like I'm good enough for it. Have a look at all the courses you're interested in, and then see if they have contact information for their support teams and get in contact with them to see what they might be able to do!I wish you the best of luck!
    The BA English and Language (Hons) looks ideal for me. I think the "unconventional" method of study will be beneficial.

    Have you studied with the OU in the past?
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    The BA English and Language (Hons) looks ideal for me. I think the "unconventional" method of study will be beneficial.

    Have you studied with the OU in the past?
    No, I personally have not studied with OU, but I know quite a few people who have and who found it really helpful to them (people who are returning to education found it far less daunting!)
 
 
 
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