Returning to education

Choosing the right course

The first thing to decide is if you want to study full time or part-time. Do you want to attend classes or start a distance-learning course? Will you be going down the academic or vocational route? You could decide to pursue an academic or a practical course. You should also consider whether you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course or if you need to complete another course first.

For more detailed information about a course, you should contact the learning provider directly. But if you want to become professionally registered and wish to undertake an accredited course, you can find all the details on our accreditation page.

Paying for your education

There are many funding options available, however, your options will vary depending on the course you choose and your personal circumstances.

Some of the more popular options are career development loans, adult learning grants and learner support funds. The IET also offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships as well as a range of travel awards.

If you want to continue working while you study, your employer may choose to sponsor you or pay part of your fees. You can find out more about this by speaking to your superior or your company’s human resources department.

If you’re still unsure about which route to take, why not discuss your situation in IET EngX, our online community platform.