Open University have just exclaimed that I am enrolled officially on the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, starting in October 2020.
I have enrolled in two modules starting in October, taking two lots of 60 credits to form full time studying status at 120 credits. I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to sustain this level of study, but I am only part-time working and I feel I could fit it around this, as well as defer a module should I realise it’s too hard.
As a learning enthusiast and stationary admirer I’m already jumping to Amazon to find study planners, subject/project notebooks and novelty pens to surround myself with. As the lockdown continues here in North Wales with only slight adjustments we are all looking for something to focus on, and this is mine.
I am not going to jump for joy yet with this announcement, although I am incredibly excited and pleased I was able to enrol, because I need to secure second degree funding from Student Finance Wales. This is a little tricky as I’ve studied and had a student loan before – I am already a Bachelor’s degree holder, and have a loan already. However, there are a list in Wales of courses which will be considered for funding if you already have a degree.
Biology was one of those courses, and I will have to wait until the end of June to apply for part-time funding (which the OU is always considered even if you study full-time). This, therefore, is why I am attempting to curb my enthusiasm a little in case the funding is ripped away at the last moment – which considering the world has gone mad with Covid-19 could well happen.
Embryology and a career in fertility is what I am aiming to achieve, however long it takes me. Years, yes, but maybe even decades.
Here I am, a student once more. Time to start again in the best way possible!