Right. Long post warning. Mods, if this is in the wrong place, im sorry in advance. Feel free to move it. Right. I am, at the moment. Lost. My life is kinda...um...blank. I have NO qualifications from my secondary school, as i was in hospital through my GCSE's. And i decided not to re-take them as i was getting my head into this web design job my sister has so thoughtfully got me addicted to .But i dont want to sit in front of a computer the rest of my life. Currently im off work, waiting for my office to move. So ive been on talkbass ALOT (as you have all probably noticed) and Ive been looking at courses for bass guitar, the 1 year diploma courses. One has caught my eye, its called basstech and its run by a company called powerhouse. It needs no qualifications to join, is run by some of the BEST bassists in the country and its "hall of fame" includes students such as Nick fyffe, skunk anansie, the guy from radiohead, the guy from dire straits...and alot of other respected musicians of whom i cannot remember . Also the tutors include mr.manring and other great musicians all of whom i respect IMMENSELY.....BUT...problem. It costs nearly £2000 for a 10 week fulltime certificate course. And nearly £5000 for a year diploma course (my prefered choice after looking at the prospectus, this course covers EVERYTHING....from livework to sight reading, ear training, production, money stuff....everything. Most students go straight from this course into session work. After having joined the course with no theory knowledge ). Both courses are fulltime. I have looked at the part time courses, but i think i have the commitment it takes to do the fulltime. Its not like i dont play bass everyday anyway. So. Heres one question. Is this course a good choice for me? i want to be able to live from playing bass one day. However i can, if that be as a session artist or in a rock band. I want bass to be another skill to add to my roster. Another. How will i pay for this? i dont know. I dont know if i could secure a loan or anything, im very undereducated about how the education system works (to excuse the pun). I could get the money myself, at a stretch, but i was wondering if anyone else has managed to get loans e.t.c in the UK for this kind of course? Even with no previous qualifications. thankyou for any help you can give me.