0zzy wrote:Honestly I think the whole college idea is just a scheme to keep the menaces off the streets.
I do agree with you on that one, it's easy to see when college's start offering Diplomas in Indian Head Massage, or an NVQ certified Nail Technician.
I know exactly what you mean matey ...
0zzy wrote:HND is a way to skip to the final year ... but what kind of job does it lead to? Medicine, Dentistry, Law? Didn't think so. I've never seen a college student become a doctor, dentist etc, and there's a reason for that (I have seen them do law qualifications in a college, but they were not employed at all)
Actually, the HND is merely just a Diploma, but it is still one step below a Degree qualification.
In response to your question about what kind of job a HND leads to, then it depends entirely on what subject matter your studying. It is perfectly possible for me to leave the college with my HND and step into an IT related job - Might not be the best paid job in the world, in fact, it'll no doubt be the bottom of the ladder, but it's a job related to the qualification. I guess it's better than turning up for an interview claiming in-depth knowledge about IT and having no certification or 'bit of paper' to confirm in.
0zzy wrote:I presume it was BTEC based course for either I.T, Business? Something clearly over supplied and under demanded in today's economy?
Actually no, BTEC is a completely different qualification up here. They are still offered at the college, but it's much more likely to be offered in Beauty Therapy, Business Management and/or Music. I've never actually done one though, so i couldn't answer whether there is more supply than demand for them, but i've never heard anyone get a job based on a BTEC. Is it not kinda like doing DoE, shows commitment on your part, gives you something else to add to you CV, but isn't employable?
I'm not entirely sure, so i'll leave BTEC's at that.
0zzy wrote:Further, shave a year off education? Dude you do realise the 'year' you shaved off is the first year of uni? i.e the partying, smoking pot, going wild year? The year where (for most courses) the end of year examinations do not go to your final mark? You've basically skipped the best year of your life.
I already do most of that stuff anyway - Why spend 3k a year and travel 20-30 miles to do it?
The main reason for doing my HND and THEN Uni, is because i screwed around at school and missed out (Mainly for the reasons in your quote). The quickest and easiest way to get into Uni for me, now, is to use the Articulation Agreement from the college to let me step into 3rd year with a HND.
0zzy wrote:No offense to you man, I'm sure it'll lead to good things for you.
Ah no worries mate - I've got my fingers crossed.
Note: One thing that i can't quite get though, is why do Law at college level, when the other 'elite' jobs (So to speak) are offered only at University level? (Doctor, Accountant etc). Seems a little stupid to me, but hey.