I was a bit nervous about the step. I hadn't studied or taken tests in years. Would I still be able to study at university level? Just how hard would it be? Would my free time be enough to cope with the course?
Anyway, I was committed now, and a few days later a box arrived with all the details. It had:
- A book,
- a DVD
- a set of exam papers (known as the ECA - End of Course Assessment)to be completed at the end of the course,
- some study notes.
I finished reading the book and watching the videas about a week and a half later. I started on the ECA. The ECA took a further week on and off, going back to the answers and tweaking them a bit. I also logged onto the OU firstclass electronic conference and took part in one or two discussions, but it wasn't a very lively lot doing the course at that time.