2005 – 2008 The University of Essex BA (Hons) Sociology 2:2
On graduating, Karen was awarded a share of the David Roberts Memorial Prize for ‘exceptional achievement’ in recognition of her determination and hard work.
First year courses for 2005-6 were: Introduction to Health and Human Sciences, Initial Italian, Researching Social Life 1, Sociology and the Modern World: Sociological Analysis 1
Second Year courses for 2006-7 were: Continuity and Controversy in Sociology : Sociological Analysis 2, Researching Social Life 2, Health Illness and Society, British Culture and Society in the 20th Century, The Psychosocial Study of Disability.
Third year courses were: Current Disputes In Sociology : Sociological Analysis 3, Media Culture and Society, Race Class and Gender.
Third Year Project: (Dissertation): “What were women’s experiences at Davey, Paxman and Company during World War Two, and what impact did the presence of women workers have on the firm?”
2004 – 2005 Access to Higher Education course at Colchester Institute
Two credits at level 2, Eighteen credits at level 3.
A pass in the Introductory Stage of Person-Centred Counselling.
Level two: Numeracy / Statistics.
Level three: Core Studies – Seminar Presentation / Working With Others / Developing Study Skills / Research Skills (2 Credits) / Academic Writing Skills. I.T – Word Processing / Databases & Spreadsheets. Sociology – Theory & Methods (2 Credits) / Families & Household (2 Credits) / Social Stratification (2 Credits). Intro to Counselling – Counselling in Practice (2 Credits) / Personal Development / Person Centred Theory.
2004 European Computer Driving Licence
Word Processing, Basic Concepts of IT, File Management, Spreadsheets, Databases, Powerpoint Presentations, and Using the Internet.
2004 Passed the National Certificate in Adult Literacy Level 2 and Adult Numeracy, Level 2.
1993 Took a MENSA Supervised Test and achieved a score of 148 (IQ rating).
1989 Certificate of Attendance, 20 out of 20 sessions at the Pre-School Playgroup Course at Greyfriars Adult Education Centre, Colchester. This covered organisation, study of children and their group behaviour, importance of play and communication.
1975 – 1978 Sudbury Upper School ‘O’ Level / CSE Eight subjects including English Language and Mathematics.