I have posted about this subject before, a few years ago, but I thought I would have another rant about it!!
Why, oh why is there such a lack of distance learning within UK college and universities? The reason I ask is that I have been working abroad in the Middle East as an avionics aircraft engineer on military aircraft, for the last 16 years and I have struggled to find a reasonable choice of distance learning higher education!!
I finished a HNC in Aeronautical Eng. in 2007 through Perth College in Scotland, as at that time that was the only relevant HNC I could find! I wanted to continue to a HND, but again, at that time I couldn't find a suitable course that wasn't either full time of part time (which included mandatory days at the college!)
Fast forward to 2010...After spending an age looking for another course to do (preferably a HND top up), I found a distance learning HNC/D in Aerospace Eng. through Yeovil College (which I can totally recommend! The course was good and the college staff in the engineering department are great!!) It was aimed at current or ex-military personnel (or appropriately qualified civilians) and was classed as a MOD outreach course, which was perfect for me as I am ex RAF. The downside to this was, as my previous HNC was a Scottish qualification and apparently the framework was different, if I wanted to do the course, I had to start from scratch!
I completed the HNC/D this year and was chuffed to bits at having both my second HNC and HND (top up) with a really good marks. Ok, on a roll here, let's find a relevant top up degree and crack on with that!.....Yep, another brick wall!!
I don't really understand, in this day and age, why it is so difficult to provide a good selection of adult higher engineering qualifications to guys who work abroad? I have seen this same topic raised on other engineering forums, so there is a market for this type of studying. I have been a registered Eng. Tech since I left the RAF in 1992 (it was the IEEIE back then!!) and have always thought that one day, with the right qualification behind me, I could achieve IEng status. Perhaps anyone reading this "rant" that has an insight the UK adult higher education system could shed some light on this subject? Ok dokey..."rant" over!!