NCC Home Learning – First Look

For a few years now I’ve wanted to study a home learning course. I’ve always felt quite disappointed in myself with how I handled school and what grades I came out with, not forgetting to mention I quit university early. Since I left school 7 years ago I’ve always been quite stuck and confused with what I wanted to ‘achieve’, and having not tried much at school, that didn’t help either as I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in with life. Because of this I have always had it in my mind that one day I would study a home learning course to help improve my skills in something.
 
A couple of weeks ago I was given the amazing opportunity to study and review an online course with NCC Home Learning. I was over the moon as the timing couldn’t have been more perfect – I’ve just become a full time mum so I can study when my husband is home and when my son is occupied. 
 
 
Out of the courses that were available I chose to study the online Creative Writing diploma. I really want to write a children’s book one day so I thought this suited me perfectly. It was quite hard to choose which course to study though as they have some really interesting subjects! I was quickly sent my log in details and I could pretty much start studying there and then. My first impressions were good, the layout is nice and simple and you can find your course easily. If you’re studying more than one course they’re all listed in your dashboard for easy access – If anything this makes me want to study more to fill it up!


The course I’ve chosen, creative writing, has 14 modules which includes topics like; Starting to write, Poetry, Writing for radio, Writing for children and non-fiction writing. The course really does cover a huge amount of creative writing. It even has a module helping towards getting published which I love as that’s something I really know nothing about. Not only does it teach you about your chosen subject, but it also gives you help towards learning how to reference. Whilst I was in sixthform, and the short time I was at university, referencing was a BIG thing and I could not get my head around it, so I’m eager to read through their tips. From what I’ve seen so far each module has a nice balance between information being taught and exercises to be completed. Because I want to eventually write a childrens book I did have a quick peek at module 9 which is ‘writing for children’, and I cannot wait to start that module. It briefly touched on Harry Potter which was a winner for me!

I’ve never completed an online course like this before but I’m rather excited to get through it. I assume it’ll take me a couple of months to finish, but once I’ve completed it and received my certificate (yes, you get a certificate with your name on it once you’ve taken the final exam!) I’ll share with you my experiences and opinions about the full course in more detail.

In the meantime, if you’d like to check out NCC Home Learning full course range check out their website here.

Sarah
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