I’ve been following this thread and thought I might come and say hello and ask some questions! So I am hoping some of you can help me? Last year I started studying the Bachelor of Nursing at uni part-time but I am now thinking (well I’ve been debating this issue since I started uni last year) if I should instead do the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE? My biggest reasons are that I am a Mum with 3 young children and I found studying at uni took up so much time (even though I was only part-time) so I didn’t end up having any spare time as the assignments and exam prep were non-stop and so time consuming. I’m hoping that even if the EN course is just as involved, I will be finished it by the end of next year and can go out and work (rather than uni taking me another 3 years to complete – due to their being 6 practical placements – with a good few of those semesters being full-time to allow me to finish it in the quickest amount of time).
So mainly what I would like to try and find out is, how heavy is the workload? I understand what one person would consider heavy, another might not, but I guess I’m asking about how much time at home do you need to do homework/assignments etc?
Also, any generalisations on what assignments & exams entail? ie for assignments, do you have to do many essays or are they more short answer kind of questions? With exams, are they like uni where they are at the end of the semester and are 2 or 3 hours long, or are they split up more into smaller tests/exams that are done throughout the term?
I’m looking at studying at Challenger – is anyone here studying there? How do you find it?
Is there anyone in here who may have done what I am considering – started at uni but then decided to go to TAFE instead? Any regrets?
Also please feel free to share any other info about the EN course that I may not have considered.
Well I think I have asked more than enough questions…I’m sorry if this is all over the place, but so is my mind with all this decision making!