Image: Student Robert BrownWhy did you choose this course?

I chose this course to to improve my knowledge so that I could provide improved support to the children I work directly with.

Why did you choose the University of Derby Online Learning?

At the time, the pressure of being a stay-at-home dad, as well as working part-time, meant that it was impossible to take a course that required me to attend classes. I also found that this course was the best fit for my interests, and the online format meant that I could structure my learning around an already busy schedule.

What were your goals and aspirations when starting your course? Have they changed during study?

I wanted to undertake a course which would help me to better understand the children I work with. My goals remained the same throughout my study, but this course enabled me to realise them. In terms of my aspirations, I now am driven to go on to study for the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and adolescents.

How did you balance your study around professional/personal commitments?

I found it quite easy to fit the study into my day - I was organised from the start. By printing off the course materials, I was able to read the information whenever I had a chance, as well as being able to plan regular study sessions.

How would you describe your online learning experience at Derby? What did you find particularly beneficial?

My experience of online learning at Derby was so positive that the university is now my first choice when looking into other courses to study – whether it’s just out of curiosity, or for something more in-depth to improve my competence in my job and enhance my career prospects. Undertaking an online course has opened my eyes to other methods of study such as MOOCs, and I have recently completed another short course in dementia.

What was your most memorable moment during your time at Derby?

The most memorable moment was realising that the knowledge I had gained was having a really positive impact on the children I work with. Being able to translate this new information into beneficial outcomes cannot be easily measured, but being able to help a child to deal with their own issues makes everything worthwhile.

How has your qualification helped your career? Has the knowledge you have acquired complemented previous work experience in any way?

At present, my qualification hasn’t helped my career in terms of promotions, but my reward comes from the fact that I am able to do my job better. This has opened the doors wide to other areas of study, and I know my career progression prospects are greatly improved.

Can you describe your experience with just one word?

Invaluable.

What would you say to anyone considering an online course at Derby?

Easy – do it!