Anyone here doing/done an OU degree ??

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I am thinking of doing Childhood and Youth, but i'd really like to hear from people who have done a degree with the OU before I take the plunge.

I have no formal qualifications, other than a couple of gcse's, but that was more because I hated school rather than that I haven't got the brains.
I'd be starting from their lowest course and working all the way up to degree level, so it would take 6 years in total, and i'd be 41 when it was done.

I work part time (25 hours) and have 3 dc, one of whom has some issues atm, but i think thats part of the attraction, as I want something for me, to do and achieve.

Would be grateful for any comments.

LostInWales Thu 29-Aug-13 13:17:52

I waaaant my boooooks grin I must check the website twice a day to see if they have been dispatched. I am also pretending that I don't have an EMA for a previous course due on Sept 12th <buries head in sand>.

BitBewildered Fri 30-Aug-13 01:31:04

grin

MegGriffin Fri 30-Aug-13 22:22:09

I received my books amd dvds a few days ago. It's very exciting. I'm now waiting till 25th Sep for my module website to open smile

LostInWales Fri 06-Sep-13 09:32:57

Got all my books for my two courses yesterday, I was like an over excited toddler. I am making a start on both courses already as life often gets in the way and also the maths is quite hard and I'm worried I'm going to struggle, eeek.

Right then, student common room, anyone for a brew and cake to help their brain cells?

BitBewildered Fri 06-Sep-13 21:56:44

brew for me, thanks! I have strawberry liquorice if anyone wants it.

I've been reading like a good student, and am going to start in earnest once my module website opens in a couple of weeks. Some people on the FB forums are getting waaay ahead shock! They have no restraint wink.

You're nearly halfway through your degree, aren't you Lost? Are you doing two modules at a time? I'd like to do mine in less than 6 years if possible, but need to be sure of the workload first.

LostInWales Sat 07-Sep-13 09:44:33

Starting the third year of hopefully a six year degree, I am making a start now because I know I am waaaaay out of my comfort zone with these two courses so I am going to need to banks some time now for when I need to spend more than the average time on stuff later. (The people who boast about how ahead they are in OU forums though should be shot IMHO) grin

I was a good girl this summer and did some reading too. Well I watched online lectures from Stanford University in America. They have an astonishing array of courses online free for whoever wants to use them. You should go and see if there is anything that interests you or will help. It's nice sitting down with a cuppa and some biscuits and getting to listen instead of reading everything on your own.

SilveryMoon Sat 07-Sep-13 11:52:50

Hi all. I finally got the student loan, after massive dramas with them. Student Fianance England are an absolute joke.
Waiting for my course materials, theya re due to be dispatched on 18th. One of dp's friends came and set up a desktop pc, but I kind of want to buy a new laptop.

BitBewildered Sat 07-Sep-13 21:31:25

I'll have another look on iTunesU now I've got my text books. It would be nice to get some stuff to listen to in the car.

Glad you got your loan sorted Silvery. I'll have to get one next year. Are they really slow?

SilveryMoon Sun 08-Sep-13 08:37:08

Yes, really slow. You want to apply the minute it opens. They send all letters out in 23rd class or something and if there's something wrong on your application, it seems they think "fuck it. I'll just leave it here until this person starts to think we're taking too long and has to spend 4 hours on the phone chasing us up about it. Then we'll tell her we had a look, it was filled out incorrectly so we didn't do anything about it"
Absolute jokers.

Can you access itunes through anything other than an iphone/pad?

BitBewildered Sun 08-Sep-13 08:48:58

I don't know about itunes being available without an iphone/pad because that's what I use, but the OU has loads of stuff on open learn and I think lots of unis do now. It seems to have become quite a big thing, certainly loads of them have stuff on itunesu but would be worth a look on the websites.

hmm about the loans people. I will have to get organised, then, and try to get in early.

HanShotFirst Sun 08-Sep-13 08:59:17

Hi everyone <waves> I'm due to start my third 60 point course and my second level 2 in a couple of weeks which will be going towards the BA/BSc (Hons) Social Policy and Criminology degree.

I'm really looking forward to it and have enjoyed the last couple of years, even if it has been a struggle sometimes to fit it in what with life carrying on around me. I've found the tutors to be really great, and the course material is really thorough so you don't feel too out of your depth. I should have a tiny bit more free time this year as DS1 started school and DS2 is in pre school for a couple of hours. Apparently, my course materials are dispatched next week - exciting!

HanShotFirst Sun 08-Sep-13 09:00:44

*despatched not dispatched

SilveryMoon Sun 08-Sep-13 09:13:40

Hi Hans thanks for that, very reassuring.

Bewilderd I've had a little look on openlearn and am doing some bits on there to see how I get on.
Itunes was referred to by the moderator on the pre-course support group thing.
Going to have a look now

BitBewildered Sun 08-Sep-13 09:30:28

I keep meaning to ask - OP how are you getting on? Did your application get processed? smile

LostInWales Sun 08-Sep-13 10:29:04

HanShotfirst (awesome, awesome NN btw) did you find the level two courses much harder than the level ones, I am scaring myself here wink. I've done a 60 point level 1 course and it was ok but I think I may be challenging myself a bit much with two 30 point level 2s.

Yay for funding Silvery, I don't qualify for any funding/loans as I have a degree from back in the mists of time. Going by the FB pages the course books are flying out from the OU at the moment.

SilveryMoon Sun 08-Sep-13 12:11:58

Mine are due to be sent on the 18th, but others on other modules seem to be getting theirs. Very exciting

LostInWales Sun 08-Sep-13 15:01:11

Mine were due to be sent out tomorrow but I got them Wednesday and Thursday of last week. I think they put a date a little in the future so people don't whinge if they are later than the website says wink.

Hi all, unfortunatly ive not been able to continue with my registration. Dd2 has gone downhill again, and I can't comitt to anything extra at the moment.

Good luck to all of you smile

SilveryMoon Sun 08-Sep-13 15:26:21

Makes sense lost
Nutcracker I'm really sorry to hear that sad Good wishes to you and your dd

BitBewildered Sun 15-Sep-13 08:48:11

Oh sorry to hear that Nutcracker. sad

sarahquilt Sat 21-Sep-13 20:36:38

Hi, I teach full-time and also am studying an OU degree in psychology. I'm also pregnant! I would encourage you to go for it. It's worth it. I can't wait for the day when I don't have to teach anymore. Prob will be in another 6 years by the time I've done the postgrad too, but anyway...

LostInWales Sun 22-Sep-13 22:24:46

Good luck sarah, what courses are you taking?

LostInWales Sun 22-Sep-13 22:25:45

I'm married to a teacher btw so doing this whilst also being pregnant leaves me a little in awe of you wink

LilyBossom Wed 25-Sep-13 18:43:10

I am hoping to do an Open Degree and have signed up for the Access Course - got all the bumf delivered today. I guess this means am actually going to have to do some work now. Feeling nervous, haven't studied for years.

Hi all, can I jump in with a question?
I had to leave Uni this year as my disability became too much with my pregnancy, I am due to go back and start second year again next September. However, I don't know if I will be able to afford to now, childcare will be tipping us over the edge I think! I am thinking about OU instead... how does it work? What do you actually do? are there loads and loads of assignments to take the place of all the seminars etc at Uni? What do you do with your 15 hours study a week?
TIA smile

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