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Taking your first steps into higher education
Taking your first steps into higher education

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Week 8: Reflecting on the course and looking forward to your next steps


This is the final week of Taking your first steps into higher education.

By the time you have finished this week, you will have spent about 24 hours thinking about what broad subject area you might opt for if you plan to go to university. And perhaps join us here at The Open University.

Just to think about here is an interesting quotation by the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard:

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

In the following video, Jonathan Hughes introduces you to the final week of the course:

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I hope you feel that these 24 hours have been well spent and that the equivalent of a day in your life has put you in a better position to make some important decisions.

This week looks back over the course. It encourages you to think about what your next steps are – it also provides the opportunity to take the second quiz that counts towards your badge. Remember, that if you have worked through all of the weeks, and get 50 per cent on this quiz and in the Week 5 quiz, you can claim your Open University badge for the course.

This week you will:

  • look at what it means to reflect on your learning
  • reflect on each of the topic areas the course has introduced
  • consider what your next steps in study might involve.