Helen forgot just how much she loved learning and wanted to challenge herself to learn more, so she decided to take A Level English Language with us to get started.
I left school after my O Levels, and went straight into full-time work. Years later, helping my children with their college essays made me realise how much I enjoyed academic work, and I wished I'd studied more.
When they left home I had the time to get back into reading books again - non-fiction was my favourite - and I realised how interested I was in learning about English Language.
I signed up for A Level English Language with ICS Learn and immediately loved the course. I enjoyed challenging myself and learning so much new information.
Writing essays that I was proud of gave me a great sense of achievement, and it was good to feel part of a like-minded community.
The course was varied and really interesting, and I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about the use of language and also in social themes such as power in the workplace, gender, and child learning development.
By this time I was working full-time in a food warehouse, and although I was tired in the evenings I managed to fit my studies in no problem and appreciated doing something a bit more intellectual.
Work became really busy during the COVID lockdown, and when we were told that plans had changed and we did have to sit the A Level exam after all, I took to carrying revision cards in all my pockets and having them on my workbench so I could revise as I worked!
We sat our exam online, which had its own challenges as I'm not the most tech-savvy, but it was handled efficiently and well supported by the ICS Learn staff, and my final grade was A.
I've enjoyed the experience so much that I've just, at the age of fifty, enrolled on the Open University Arts and Humanities degree course and I can't wait to get started on it.