As a busy mum there are times when I really miss having something to challenge my brain. Many women like me are at home wondering what they can do to get back into the workplace and how they could combine getting another qualification with childcare. Even taking a course to further a personal interest can be a challenge. We all know that childcare is expensive and most of us are not only cash poor but time poor as well.
Established for almost 20 years, NCC Resources offer a wide range of great value online study programmes which allow you to gain a professional qualification and even sit your exam online.
They are the leading provider of training and education for business in the UK, catering to the care, sales, general business, customer service and hospitality sectors. Their materials have been authored by the leading academics within the subjects and were developed for delivery in conjunction with colleges and recognised awarding bodies
They offer a wide range of study topics such as Teaching Assistant, Childcare & Early Learning, Beauty Courses (e.g. nail art), Business Management and Psychology.
Then there is also a great selection of personal interest type courses such as Neuro Linguistics, Criminology, History and Languages.
I was recently invited to choose a study course to experience just how easy online learning can be and I chose to study their Creative Writing Course as my dream (like many people!) is to write a crime novel to rival my all time literary heroine, Agatha Christie.
Each course is clearly divided into easy to understand modules which are written in plain English.
To give you an idea how comprehensive my course is, the various modules include
Module 1: Creative writing and you
Module 2: Exploring different texts and genres
Module 3: Starting to write
Module 4: The short story
Module 5: Poetry
Module 6: Writing for radio
Module 7: The novel
Module 8: Life writing
Module 9: Writing for children
Module 10: Non-fiction writing
Module 11: Scriptwriting
Module 12: The editing process
Module 13: Getting published
Module 14: Being a writer
This particular course is one that you work through at your own pace and once you have worked your way through the online course materials, you then complete a multiple choice question and answer exam.
You can resit this as many times as you like at no extra cost.
There are no entry requirements or previous knowledge required to start this course. All learners will receive a level 3 NCC Certificate in Creative Writing upon completion.
The cost of this particular course is £220 which works out at just over £15 per module which I think is very reasonable. There are no extra costs such as transport, course materials or childcare either.
I'll be updating you about my progress and I might even share a couple of excerpts of my masterpieces!
You can find a course that suits you at www.ncchomelearning.co.uk.
Now that the new academic year is about to begin, it's a great opportunity for us parents to focus on whether we would like to go back to school too!