Studying part-time

PCL Student, Adam

Adam studies our part-time BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise degree, and joined us in September 2012 as one of our first students.

I was signposted to Pearson College London by a senior manager who had received an email notifying them of available spaces for the September intake. I looked at the website and felt it was a good opportunity to gain a degree in business and enterprise part-time, while working full-time, which would complement my role. I completed the application form, which was supported by my line manager. I attended an interview at the college which consisted of a computer based test, an essay and an interview with a Pearson College director. A few days later I was really pleased to get a letter from Pearson College stating that I had been accepted on the course.

Why study the course?

There are a number of reasons why I wanted to do the degree in business and enterprise. At the age of 31 I already have a degree in sports science and technology, a PGCE, and 10 years work experience but no qualification with a business focus. For my job I am required to write business propositions and work in collaboration with all departments to ensure products are developed and launched to the market on time.

How did the course start?

I was invited to attend an induction weekend in September at 80 Strand, which was a good opportunity to meet my fellow students. The first day was about getting to know each other and working as part of a team. There were a number of guest lectures and we were set our first group challenge. Similar to 'The Apprentice' TV programme we had to compare and contrast two food outlets in London and feedback on further opportunities for their future growth. This was an excellent opportunity to get to know the other people on the course and get a flavour of the course ahead.

How are you managing your workload?

As a part time student I am required to attend two seminars every Thursday afternoon which helps to apply the theory into practical situations. I have the option of attending the lectures in person or to view the lectures online on the virtual learning environment which has all the course materials. This is particularly useful as there have been occasions when I am unable to attend the lectures due to work commitments.

How are you finding the course so far?

I am really enjoying the course so far and can see the benefit in my job. The first two modules in the first semester are directly related to my role and I am able to apply the theory into practice. As a mature student, with a degree already under my belt and 10 years work experience I am able to draw upon live examples and situations during the seminars. The course is spread over 4 years for part-time students which allows the balance between completing coursework with working full-time and family life.