I currently work for a service company in offshore oil and gas. The industry that I work in is going through a lot of change with mass layoffs due to cost-cutting, even more so now due to Covid-19. I think having an HNC/D qualification plus the years of offshore experience will help me to remain employable. After looking online at several different institutions that supplied online learning, I chose UniCourse because of the price and because I could do it all from home, I did not have to travel anywhere for testing or lectures. I wanted to complete my HNC to a high standard in order to boost my career and give myself options for future training.
My experience learning online has been a good one. It has taken me longer than I expected but it has been overall positive. I found that buying and doing the exercises in the recommended textbooks helped. Overall, the experience has been worth it and I have learnt a lot. I enjoyed most parts of the course. My favourite part was the thermodynamics and heat engines unit as it was the most familiar and useful to me. Completing the HNC help me to access university courses in the future. The studying skills I have learnt as well as the knowledge from the course content will aid me in this.
The support I received from UniCourse was great, the workbooks are helpful and the tutors are usually quick to respond to any questions. To begin with, I had a few reservations about starting an online distance learning course. My main concern was if I would get the support that I needed. Since completing my HNC, I found that I received great support from UniCourse. With the right support you can deal with any issues that come up.
The best part of a distance learning course is that you can go at your own pace. The hardest part for me was not knowing if you have understood the problem and given the right answer, however communication with my tutors helped me overcome this. I had struggled with several different things during the course. I found that by using the workbooks or the recommended textbooks or asking the tutors I was able the find solutions and move past them.
Completing my HNC has given me better understanding of how the engineering process works and how to apply the different engineering methods to find solutions to problems I encounter at my day to day job. I gained a better understanding of how different systems that I use at work operate, with regards to the gas process systems, compressors, heat exchanges and piping.
“I think now that I have started, I will continue to study and obtain a full degree. Completing this course has given me the confidence to continue to study, it has also opened up several job opportunities that I would not have been eligible for if I didn’t have an HNC in mechanical engineering. I’m going to continue to study and look forward to completing my HND.”
For anyone looking to start a distance learning course with UniCourse I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time, read and do the exercises in your workbooks, they will help you to understand things better in the long run. Also, think about buying textbooks as they can sometimes give you a better understanding of whatever question is being asked and make use of the tutors, they are there to help you.
"You are provided with all the resources you need and the support is fantastic. I would recommend UniCourse to anyone looking for distance learning at their own pace."
"I have enjoyed my course so far with UniCourse, I have found it a lot more flexible and can fit it around my hectic lifestyle a lot easier than attending college with assignment deadlines. Any problem I have had with the course have been answered very quickly. I would recommend UniCourse to others who are busy but want to carry on with education."
"From the start of the enrolment phase, UniCourse admin team made everything simple and clear how the course would be laid out with the program ‘Moodle’ I would be using. The course is a very convenient way to study even if you are already fully employed like myself and lecturers were easily contactable and friendly. Overall I had pleasant experience with UniCourse and would recommend them to anyone looking to improve on their education"
"My dream of finishing my studies has been possible only because of UniCourse, they have given me the opportunity to be flexible with my studies and hold a full time job all at the same time. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to study and work at the same time. I have found them to be very helpful with all my queries and they are quick to help me solve my problems. This is so convenient for me - I can study in my own time and in my own home no need to travel to college at a certain time. After finishing my current HNC course I hope to start my HND with UniCourse. They are fantastic i am very pleased with them."
"With a full-time job and 2 very young kids, a normal 9-5 course was not an option. It was becoming increasingly difficult to better my career options. Finding UniCourse on the internet has really opened up my learning potential. Their professionalism, knowledge and flexibility are really first class. To sum them up in one word.... Awesome!"
"I have found UniCourse to not only be a very convenient way to study as I am a self employed full-time electrician, but also the course tutor to be very helpful. Whether I require help by phone, email or a live web session he is always available. The tutor also returns marked work very quickly allowing me plenty of time to make any adjustments. I have found UniCourse to afford me the best opportunity to progress my career whilst also continuing to work full time. "
"I have really enjoyed my experience so far with UniCourse.org even obtaining a Distinction on my first module. The staff and lecturers are quick and helpful with their responses to any and all enquiries and the video conferencing platform is very helpful when discussing intricate subject matter. I would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to broaden their horizons whilst holding down a full time job."
"Great tutors, easy to follow workbooks, great support, would highly recommend."
"Time and place were severe obstacles to me achieving a HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Thankfully, the flexible options offered by Unicourse have allowed me to undertake my HND from home with them while working full-time. They have personalised my HND, allowing me to choose from many optional units. The traditional colleges I looked up did not offer option choices at all. I have also managed to complete my HND with Unicourse in a fraction of the time that would have been necessary at other colleges. I am really pleased that I made the right choice. The support I got was fantastic."
"The flexibility of the courses and the professionalism of the staff make UniCourse a great way to improve your personal skills with a chance of a future career."
"If you want to succeed I personally suggest you apply to UniCourse. Why? After many years away from study I did my HNC. It was hard work but with superb help and guidance I obtained 8 Distinctions. This year I am doing my HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with UniCourse. Again, UniCourse are pulling out all the stops with high quality assignments, a one-to-one video conferencing platform, incredible feedback and comprehensive support when needed."