Would be really interested in anyone that has decided to further educate themselves outside of the routine of daily life.
I have 4 As, 2 Bs and 3Cs at GCSE, and 2 As 1 B at A level, plus a 2:1 degree. I work full time from home mainly but travel alot locally and London for my sales job in IT. My boys are both at school, and I have childcare for them till 6pm every day.
I don't feel I am "using my brain" and really want to do something like another A-Level - don't think I am anywhere near looking at another degree or anything....thought maybe I could do another A-Level in my "spare" time? ( I don't have to watch Grey's Anatomy/Eastenders and Corrie/go to bed at 10pm) and remember the deep satisfaction I got by doing well at exams.
Any advice? Would I be taking on too much/regret it?
It is doable. I went back to uni last year with 2 under 5's but I had friends/nursery that meant I had childcare. Although I was in uni all day I had to study at night, and I found after bedtime I had a good few hours every night to get stuff done, this just impacted on my 'veg in front of the telly' time and I was still done by half 9 and able to watch the good telly.
It is hard, especially when you really cba, or the kids are ill, but it is definately doable, especially (and dont take this the wrong way) if you are only doing an alevel. By which I mean I was doing a post grad degree but I had all day to do it too, if you onyl had evenings starting with an A level woudl be much more sensible!
The only problem I can forsee is that History is really dull
In your situation I'd look at doing a level one OU course.
The level one tends to bridge between A-level and first year undergrad, and if it's anything like their science courses, they will offer courses of differing lengths (and therefore time committments).
You can then learn at your own pace and either keep it as a one-off, do a couple, or put it towards a second degree.
I did two years with the OU before going to a "brick" Uni to do a degree as a mature student. It was a great experience (I wanted to keep my brain active after having my dd), and I hope one day to finish my degree with them.
Hi Senua - I would definitely value being taught by a qualified teacher, and having a recognised qualification at the end of it over mooching through books on a topic and not having someone better qualified than me point out things and make observations I would otherwise surely miss.
Definatelty look at OU, I know nothing about OU courses but sounds like you have some good advice on ehre! A masters might be doable. I am going to do a masters in the next couple of years, it will be 3 weekends a year and a (gulp)40k dissertation but is designed around people doing my job, so full time workers.
I have a very similar educational background to yourself. After DS1 I joined the OU and did a couple of socsci and child dev masters courses. Then after DS2 I went back to do level one science degree course (my 2:1 is in history) and now I am halfway through level 2 of a geology and chemistry science degree!