Aberdeen local and full-time mum, Carole Menzies, graduated this week with a BA Hons in Applied Social Sciences which she studied via the popular degree link arrangement between Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen College.
Carole (45) who lives in Charlestown Circle, Cove, graduated in a morning ceremony on Wednesday 13 July, having joined the university degree programme in third year directly after completing an HND in social sciences at the college.
She began at the college as a e-learning student as it fitted in with her family commitments. Her interest in behavioural science and youth culture studies propelled her through to both the HNC and HND.
Having completed the course, she was attracted to the Degree link programme which is a popular route into many of the university's undergraduate programmes. It enables students to enter the third year of a programme providing they have completed a suitable HND from a recognised partner institution such as Aberdeen College, Angus college, Banff and Buchan College, plus the UHI Millennium Institute
This ‘2+2' arrangement is available on a wide range of courses across the university's three faculties: Health and Social Care, Design and Technology, and Aberdeen Business School.
A similar arrangement exists with graduates of certain HNC programmes who are able to transfer to start the second year of a degree (also called the ‘3+1').
A particular highlight for Carol during her time at university was her dissertation, which was a sociological investigation into the cultural and social factors which influence the modern housewife.
She said: "I enjoyed studying sociology and finding out which social and cultural factors can influence our choices when deciding to continue in the workplace or remain at home after having children"
Carole was joined at her graduation ceremony by her mother Jane, father Robert, daughter Ruby (13) and son Liam (11). Her immediate plans are to raise her family and to look into further opportunities to continue with higher education.
Regarding her immediate future, she stated: "I'm keen to continue with higher education because I've found this learning opportunity has enriched my life in so many ways. This is especially significant for me considering that six years ago all I did was call up Aberdeen College looking for a prospectus for a part-time evening course, and now I have ended up achieving an honours degree!"
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