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Formal study options with The Open University

Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2015

There are many options available for formal study with The Open University.

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Image of student Elizabeth Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Shona Aryis - The Open University "I received fantastic support from my tutor and lots of encouragement. Our phone tutorials were informal yet full of great information." - Elizabeth This guide maps learning paths from informal to formal learning. If you’re thinking about formal study with The OU a first step might be one of our three Access modules or one of the core level 1 undergraduate courses. There are no formal entry requirements for most modules. Modules can be taken individually or you can register for a full qualification. Full details are available on The Open University course page.
OU modules generally start in October and February and last nine months. Courses are assessed and students are expected to complete assignments. There are also exams for certain courses. As an OU student you will be allocated a course tutor to support you throughout the duration of each module.
A fee is charged for OU modules. However, over half of all OU students are eligible for financial support and those living in Scotland can apply for a Part-Time Fee Grant to cover their module fees in full.

Where should I start?

Based on your conclusions drawn from the ‘Thinking about my next steps’ section, and the individual pathway documents you should now hopefully be able to identify which subject areas you are interested in and what level you might start at.
If you’re still not sure about what subject area or level is right for you then take a look at your Learning Log to establish which subject areas you’ve been exploring and enjoying. This will allow you to identify the most appropriate choice from the following pathways:
The pathway documents explore specific subject areas in greater depth while also highlighting routes into formal learning with The Open University. Working through these will develop your confidence and you can progress as quickly or as slowly as you want to. If you have little or no previous experience of studying, you might decide to take one of the three Access modules available.
The OU has an open entry policy and many of our students start immediately with an undergraduate module. The pathway documents provide information on the OU subject areas aligned to the three broad themes, and highlight the most popular courses for new students.

This is part of a collection to accompany The Open University in Scotland's Open Pathways to Higher Education.



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