Distance Learning with the University of Bradford – Nick

Nick Edwards - Bradford

Nick has quite the résumé. After leaving school he served as a combat medic in the British Army, then worked as a nursing auxiliary, going on to volunteer with a kibbutz before qualifying as a registered nurse at 23. During his time in nursing Nick has taken an active approach to his professional development, this has included studying for a BSc (hons) in Dementia Studies via Distance Learning at the University of Bradford.      

Why did you choose to study via Distance Learning?

  • I chose distance learning as this was a good fit for my personal circumstances at the time. I could study and maintain my family and working life at the same time. 
  • The course I undertook was work-based and involved projects within my place of work with real residents and staff.

How did you find the application process?

  • The application process was very straightforward and uncomplicated. I simply completed an application form, undertook a telephone interview and was required to provide proof of identity, previous qualifications and work record.

Was it easy to find useful information about Distance Learning?

  • It was very easy to find information about the course – the university website provided me with all the relevant information. I was able to choose the right course at the right establishment without any difficulty. The exact content of each module was clearly explained on the site which was very helpful indeed.

How do the fees compare to traditional courses?

  • The fees were surprisingly competitive; another university providing the same degree was considerably more expensive. 

How are you finding the experience of studying via Distance Learning?

  • Surprisingly easy. The way the course is arranged allows for regular (daily if required) contact with other students and academic staff.
  • Various methods of communicating were employed including Skype group chat sessions, one-to-one telephone and email chats with academic staff, and a fantastic Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Easy to follow guidance and reference materials were accessible throughout the course, accessing many data sources was made easy by very helpful course and library staff.

Anything you’re finding more difficult compared to traditional teaching courses?

  • The only thing I found more difficult than any previous courses I have done was the amount I had to rely on a computer so much, however IT staff at the university and course staff could not have been more helpful.

Any obvious benefits to studying via distance learning when compared to traditional teaching courses?

  • Yes, undoubtedly the flexibility allowed with distance learning is paramount to any student who works full time and is raising a family.

Does the university support your learning well?

  • I've been very well supported throughout. I was pleasantly surprised by the continued attention from course staff to any query I raised. Their responses were always very quick and helpful.

What do you plan to do after your course?

  • I plan to go on and study for a Master’s degree in Dementia Workforce Development at the University of Bradford.

Do you feel that studying via Distance Learning will help you to achieve your ambitions? If yes, how?

  • Distance learning helped me to achieve my ambitions both personally (I have achieved a BSc (hons) and professionally, I have been able to demonstrate ongoing professional development to regulatory authorities in order to maintain my Registered Nurse status.
  • The most important outcome of this course for me has been the changes I have been able to make to the lives of people I care for at work.

Any obvious benefits to studying via distance learning when compared to traditional teaching courses?

  • Yes, undoubtedly. The flexibility afforded with distance learning is essential for anyone who wants to study whilst working full-time, whilst raising a family.

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