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A Fantastic institution
Open University in general
Member Name: areajohn
Open University in general
Date: 28/09/12, updated on 18/10/12 (14 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality and excellent structure to learning
Disadvantages: None - possibly price these days
I have spent the last 8 years studying through the Open University and have passed couses in several different subjects - my first qualification with them was a Diploma in Classical studies and this year I completed my courses with a BA(Hon) in Humanities with Classical Studies.
To start studying at the Open University you may need to have already attained certain qualifications dependent on the course that you choose. In the Humanities, the subjects I chose, you can start by taking a foundation course which teaches several disciplines but within the context of a particular time.
Mine by chance was the Victorian era and I studied Poetry, Literature, philosophy, history and art history within that time. I found this a fantastic approach to learning having never studied in this way before. The first course was a level 1 course which only came with a pass or fail.
Each course you take has separate criteria on how it is marked, some are through "TMA's" Teacher Marked Assignments and then an exam when you have finished all the course work. But don't be put off by the thought of an exam; the Tutor is there to guide you through this.
Each course is worth either 30 or 60 points (with some exceptions) and you need to do courses totalling 360 points to be able to apply for a Hons degree. What you do each year is entirely up to you and the information they provide on their website gives you a good understanding of the subject matter that will be discussed.
The modules as they are known get harder as you progress through to level 2 and level 3 however you only have to do two modules at level 3 and by then you will be used to the requirements of the OU and what is called for within the essays that you write.
The Essays or TMA's can be submitted on line so you get to write them up to the last minute - as long as your computer works. You will get your own individual page within the OU website which allows you to have your own calendar and join discussion groups on the subjects that you are having difficulties with.
You also get assigned a tutor for each module that you do which will give you some face to face time with them and others taking the same course. I have been lucky in that the centres I have had to go to for my courses were relatively close - however talking to others this isn't always the case.
The cost has increased as of this year and all courses come with different price tags, business and law modules are more expensive than others. However the material you receive through the door is second to none and you normally only have to purchase 4 or 5 set texts before the course begins as everything else is supplied either in book format or DVD or CD.
This is a fantastic institution and I have met some wonderful people while going through the last 8 years and I would recommend this to anyone that is thinking about it. I believe there is also financial help for those that require it. Check out the website www.open.ac.uk
Summary: Excellent and would encourage everyone to have a go