Whilst many people still favour the traditional method of studying on campus for three years, this isn’t the only way to get a degree. There are now multiple ways to get involved in higher education – here are just several methods to consider for those that want a more flexible option.
- Study abroad. Studying abroad can be a great opportunity to travel and educate oneself at the same time. There could be courses abroad that aren’t available in the UK. If you’re doing a foreign language course, it could also allow you to immerse yourself in the language so that you become more fluent and develop your skills faster. Studying abroad can also have other advantages – university fees differ across the world so you could end up paying less for education.
- Take an online course. There are now many courses such as this organisational leadership bachelor’s degree that can be studied entirely online. Studying online is great for people that don’t want to travel to a campus, allowing people to study in their free time from the comfort of their own home. It does take a lot more self-motivation to study online, which is something to consider when taking up such a course.
- Consider a sandwich course. When it comes to obtaining education and work experience, a sandwich course can be one of the best options. These courses usually contain one full year of work placement – some universities may be able to provide students with work experience, whilst others may leave this up to the students to organise. The year of work is usually paid so you get the chance to make a full income.
- Take an accelerated course. Three years can be a lot of time to dedicate to education – for those that want to get this done in half the time, there’s always the option of an accelerated course in accounting. Whilst traditional courses finish for the summer, accelerated courses continue throughout the summer. They can be a lot more intense as the program is being condensed into a much shorter time frame, however the convenience of being completed more quickly may make up for this.
- Look for a sponsored course. There aren’t that many sponsored courses available, however they do exist. For those that can’t afford to get a degree or simply don’t want to get into student debt, a sponsored course is ideal. All your education is paid for by a sponsor – usually a large company. The condition is that you then must work for this sponsor once the course is completed. This can be a great means of getting into a high-flying career for a successful company, however it may not be suitable for those that want a degree for other reasons. As there are often limited places for these sponsored courses, you can expect a lot of competition when applying to one of these courses and you may have to do an interview.