I finally realised how you link qualifications together “on the way” to a degree with the Open University. So I’ve now achieved the Certificate in Information Technology and Computing. Which was nice (as they say on The Fast Show).

Apparently, that makes my name Dougie Richardson, Cert IT & Comp (Open). I think I’ll skip that.

Next stop is the Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT, which is 240 credits (currently I have 120 points completed and 60 in progress, with another 30 point module starting in February if I get a place). I can link MS221 to this qualification as my free choice at level 2.

Its encouraging but it still seems like a mountain to climb – I only hope that the government doesn’t do a Darth Vader and alter the bargain further.