Yesterday I had a letter through from BASC, along with my DSC1 certificate chuffed to bits! I'm so happy that I chose to do the course, and that it is done and dusted now. At some point I will put up a thread regarding my experiences with the course, how I prepared, how I found the week etc., to help any other potential DSC1 applicants - a great idea that was suggested to me by another member of the site.
Right now I am absolutely itching to get my application for a variation sent off! Although I am currently waiting to hear back from someone about me getting permission for the deer legal rifle on their land (I already shoot there with the .22 rimfire); I realise things will go a lot smoother if I already have land attached to the gun! If all goes well with that, I'll be sending off for the variation asap!
Although I now have the big decision of first calibre....... not going to dwell on this and start another debate as I realise there's plenty of threads regarding this calibre vs that calibre already! It's pretty much narrowed down to .243 or 6.5x55. I lean towards one, then the other, then back again, it's 50/50! And this has been going on for weeks.... toss a coin methinks!
Anyway, a HUGE thankyou to everyone on the forum who has helped me out, from helpful advice given on threads, to actually letting me join them on stalks - it's very very much appreciated, I'm learning more and more and getting more and more keen by the day!