So as many of you know I study with The Open University. My first year I tried it out part time (one 60 credit module) and loved it, but I wanted to speed up the process and looked into full time. My second year (current year) I’m doing full time (two 60 credits modules). So I feel because I’ve experienced more with The Open University now, I’m able to tell you guy’s more about it. And more so why I chose the OU.
1.) Because it’s open in every way.
If the title of the University didn’t give it away then this point will. The OU gives everyone and anyone the chance to study and gain a degree. You can pick and choose what degree you want, and what modules you study for it. I’m currently doing a BA (Hons) Arts & Humanities (Specialising in Creative Writing) and I love the open choices I have with the OU.
2.) I didn’t need any previous Qualifications.
Not that I don’t have any qualifications, I just thought it was a bonus not having to go through the UCAS applications and rejection to Universities. You didn’t need qualifications for what I chose at the OU anyway, other than the ability to understand basic English. It states on the degree page whether you need any qualifications or not. Of course, it advises that you have previous background or knowledge with what you’re going to be studying because University courses are hard. For example, if you have a C at English GCSE, you’re more likely to get to grasps with an English degree with the OU.
3.) It’s cheaper than any other University.
So when I first studied with the OU, the course fees per module were £2,700. I had a look the other day for my next module choices this October, and they’ve risen slightly but only to £2,864. But either way to gain a BA Hons Degree you need to take 6 modules worth 60 credits each which going off the new price totals to £17,184. Whereas if I went to brick uni which now costs £9,250 a year, in which you have to do 3 years, it totals to £27,750. I’m saving over £10,000 just on the degree itself and that’s without taking into account maintenance loans you have at brick uni also… Ouch.
4.) It will stand out on your CV.
Okay so it may not be the most well-known University, but it’s getting there. It’s constantly expanding every year with new students and tutors. I recently went for an interview and I was successful. The interviewer thought The Open University was impressive, with how varied the subjects I study are and the motivation I have to do it at home by myself.
There are optional day schools and tutorials. But I don’t attend any of them because they’re normally out the way, and I chose the OU so I could do all my studies in my room. There’s no need to go anywhere other than your desk/computer/laptop in the comfort of your own home. Which makes it easier to study and work at the same time.
6.) Community and support.
I have met varied amounts of people of different ages, interests, race, language. This year I took it upon myself to start a Whatsapp group for both modules, it’s a great way to communicate and not feel alone on the course. Any problems or advice I have I put into the chat, and we help each other out. There’s also Facebook groups, forums on the OU student home. Just be weary about certain information you can say, due to copyright and the OU rules. Also the tutor you get for each module you study, there only a phone call, text or email away.
So that about wraps it up on why I chose the OU. I hope you guys found this post interesting, and if you’re thinking about gaining a degree go check out the OU.
Until next time!