'My studies also helped me gain in confidence in my job.'
I was first attracted to the course at Birmingham because it was the only course of its kind that I knew about. But I also chose to study at Birmingham because I could combine distance learning with occasional seminars.
I enjoyed the flexibility of doing a web-based distance education course. I found using the on-line resources such as WebCT bewildering at first, but then enjoyed it. I was also encouraged to learn in other ways by the many links included in the study material. I would definitely recommend this method of learning, because of the flexibility it offers, whilst offering immediate access (by e-mail) to supportive tutors when necessary.
I would say that the five best things about studying on this course were:
- The very well structured course
- The message boards, enabling contact with others with similar jobs and interests
- The supportive and knowledgeable staff
- The excellent feedback on written work
- The opportunities to meet other students
My studies also helped me gain in confidence in my job (supporting students with autism in a mainstream setting) and I was able to move on to a better job in a more specialised department (Autism Base in a High School).
To sum up my university experience in one word, I would say it was excellent.