Being a full-time student is the pathway for thousands of
school leavers every year but the reality is, this isn’t feasible for
everybody. Whether it’s due to employment or looking after a new baby, there
are circumstances where full-time study isn’t possible, so we’ve compiled a
list with the pros and cons of studying part-time.
There is no doubt one of the biggest factors in choosing
part-time study over full-time is the capacity to work more often and earn more
money. Full-time students often do night and weekend shift work to fit in with
their busy schedule, whereas part-timers have more flexibility.
Blending part-time study and employment along with leisure
time can be a pretty good mix. There is less coursework to deal with and it is
unlikely that your routine will be as concentrated as someone who is full-time
at university, allowing more time to do what you enjoy.
Tutors and lecturers will be familiar with students tackling
part-time study and should be able to provide advice for how best to approach
the course. Completing a smaller proportion of the workload will also leave
more time for seeking out the assistance of teaching staff to clarify any
There is great variation in the people that choose to study
part-time. They could be middle-aged already with a distinguished career, a
young professional raising a family or a school leaver working casual shifts at
a local café.
Naturally, it takes longer to complete a degree or diploma
when you are studying part-time. This can be frustrating, particularly when
other students in your course are graduating while you are still at university.
Juggling work, study, family life and other responsibilities
can take its toll. Poor time management can be disastrous, particularly if your
education is neglected and you fail to meet the course requirements.
Just because you aren’t at studying full-time doesn’t mean
that you won’t endure the typical stresses of university life. You will still
be expected to meet deadlines, complete assignments and pass exams, regardless
of your circumstances outside of university.
Some institutions simply don’t offer part-time study. This
can be the same with specific faculties or courses, so it is worth
investigating prior to selecting a university.