Since late 2014 until early 2018 I have been working towards a BSc (Hons) Computing degree from Anglia Ruskin University. The time came this week for my graduation day and proud to say, not only have I graduated, but I managed to graduate with a first-class degree.
Although awarded by Anglia Ruskin University, and modules provided by ARU I took the distance learning approach. I choose RDI as my Distance Learning provider, which has recently been awarded University status of its own and is now known as Arden University.
I choose Distance Learning as it was the best option for me as I have worked fulltime throughout my time studying. Arden offered the flexibility for me to complete the degree at my own pace (between 3 and 6 years). Choosing to pick up 1 or 2 modules at a time. Despite working full time I managed to complete the full degree within 4 years. (3 years average Full time study, 6 years average Part time study).
Each module consisted of a number of lessons, individual activities, group activities and culminated in either an exam or assignment. You also have the option to defer the assessment at the end to the next period if things just get a bit much.
Through the tools provided to help you connect with other students on the course I made some great friends and got some excellent support. This was invaluable, especially on some of the more complex modules.
So, the graduation day took place at Peterborough Cathedral in the heart of the city. A beautiful venue. Capped and gowned I was awared my new qualification. The Cathedral is also currently hosting the space module Tim Peak used to return to earth in, which was an added treat. I couldn’t resist stopping to take some photos. Pictures below.