Anyone starting an OU course in October?

(39 Posts)
Rachtoteach Sat 03-Aug-13 18:37:29

After years off thinking about it I've just signed up for the BSc Psychology - am so excited!!

MegGriffin Sun 04-Aug-13 09:14:58

I am starting the Early Years Foundation Degree in October. I have been thinking about this for ages and decided to bite the bullet. I'm excited amd nervous how I will fit it around family and work etc.. How about you?

Rachtoteach Mon 05-Aug-13 08:12:53

Hi Meg,

Glad I'm not alone in doing this!

Yes, I'm slightly concerned about how I'll fit it round the family (hubby and 3dcs, youngest is 10 months) but I'm looking forward to a challenge!!

IamFluffy Mon 05-Aug-13 16:59:45

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PumpkinPie2013 Fri 16-Aug-13 15:56:09

I'm hoping to start my MA in education with the OU in October smile will have a young baby but no other dc and I'll have my DH smile

Hopefully it will work out ok for us all! X

TortoiseshellMillie Wed 28-Aug-13 20:37:13

Hello! I'm supposed to be starting the Masters in Education too! Signed up earlier this year, but not sure whether to do it or to cancel. Materials arrived today and they look fab.

I studied a diploma in German a few years ago with the OU. Found them great.

Good luck to all!

TortoiseshellMillie Wed 28-Aug-13 20:37:48

Pumpkinpie- which module are you doing?

DefiniteMaybe Wed 28-Aug-13 20:41:44

Hi I'm starting a BSc in Biology in Oct. Am very excited and slightly terrified. I've got a ds age 4 and dd age 2. I managed to get dd 11hours a week in nursery to help find time but she's not settling so panicking a little about when I'm going to find time!

I haven't signed up for a degree, but I did a French beginners course with them last year and have just signed up for the next course - still Level 1 but slightly more advanced. I might decide to do enough to get a degree eventually, but I don't feel ready to start thinking in those terms yet.

Snowflakepie Wed 04-Sep-13 22:11:40

I'll be doing my final course for BA humanities with art history. I have DD aged 3.9 and DS 10 weeks! Maternity leave is a good thing, the exam is the week before I return to work.

I've sat exams when pg with both and with DD a toddler I had an EMA for a level 3. It was tough but I just had to accept that there was no room for anything else for a few months. I would have left this course for a year but with transition fees, it would have cost 3x as much if I did that. So you just have to dig in and think about the end result.

DH is on the final year of his MBA with the OU. I think he's found it harder working full time, plus kids at home, plus course. We study together and that's our life really!

Good luck everyone, happy to answer any random questions if it will help!

MrsGeologist Thu 05-Sep-13 19:24:35

I'll be starting my science in context module in October for my geosciences degree.

Two exams before then though

motherto4 Thu 05-Sep-13 22:42:52

Am also interested to know which MA Education modules you picked PumpkinPie2013 and TortoiseshellMillie. I've been contemplating for ages; signed up and backed out a couple of times.

littlemissnormal Thu 05-Sep-13 22:48:13


I'm starting the BA in History, opens on 25th sep.

I've managed to find all the books I need for the first year second hand on eBay for a fraction of the price they were on Amazon for. I've just made the mistake of looking at the first assignment question before doing the work and I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all to be honest!

I have 3 DCs, 3 dogs and a part time job so I'm nervous but determined to fit it all in and achieve what I want from it.

MrsGeologist Thu 05-Sep-13 22:49:47

Littlemissnormal, do you not get sent the books? I've never had to buy any as they send me all the books I need.

littlemissnormal Thu 05-Sep-13 22:58:21

They sent me a load but I also needed other books like Fabers book of beasts and Dr Faustus.

Not starting, but I'm doing modules 2&3 in Oct, BSc Health Science so modules are Topics in Health Sciences (sk143) and Discovering Psychology (dse141). I guess if you are doing psych, you'll be doing dse141 too? smile

Littlemiss, my DH is starting BA classical studies too, so doing arts, past and present (aa100) in Oct

I have two DSs, nearly 3 and 16m, and am a sahm. My first exam for my first module (introducing health science, so one of the biology options DefiniteMaybe ) is in just under two weeks.....

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 07-Sep-13 12:21:56

I'm doing the Psychology degree as well. DSE212 this year.

Beyond I did DSE141 last year - I enjoyed it. Is your intro to health science SDK125? I was thinking about that for my second level one module.

Yep, its sdk125. It's been really interesting and I've done well at the ongoing assessment, have to wait and see how well I really understand it with next weeks exam grin

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 08-Sep-13 10:16:05

Good luck with your exam Beyond.

I'm registered for the Open degree, with the aim of mainly studying biology. I only registered to do one short course last year but found I had qualified for transitional funding so I registered for the degree to keep my options open, I don't intend to do the whole degree though (I already have one). I have found it really interesting so far. I have an EMA for Human Genetics to submit by tomorrow and am starting Forensic Science next month.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sun 08-Sep-13 14:02:20

I said that too WhoKnows - beware, it is easy to get hooked! I was only going to do a couple of modules as an add-on to the OU Masters I'd done in an unrelated subject grin.

My original ancient degree is a modern languages BA from back in the day when you could study whatever took your fancy and still get a decent job at the end of it.

I have veered between thinking I will do the whole thing and then deciding not to, but realistically, it is a huge commitment from me and my DH and as I don't need it for my career I think that is too much. I really did only register to keep the transitional funding. I will probably finish the level one modules and then I want to study for some professional qualifications in my own field.

Anyway, got my EMA submitted this morning so I have a break for a few weeks now.

PumpkinPie2013 Fri 20-Sep-13 10:20:23

Lots of us starting with OU then! smile

Tortoise and motherto4 I'm doing E891 - Educational Enquiry as my first module and then want to specialise in equality and diversity.

I've completed my registration and it all starts on 5th Oct eek!

Good luck to everyone!

My books arrived this week, looking forward to getting started smile.

My books are here, can't wait to get going again now, don't know what to do with this gap in my time! grin

littlemissnormal Mon 23-Sep-13 12:09:57

I've just seen Martin Lewis on This Morning saying that students don't have to pay council tax. With DP working full time, me PT and doing a PT OU course, would we qualify for the discount does anyone know?

I know that as OU students we get the NUS discount card so I'm hopeful!

crazykat Mon 23-Sep-13 12:32:04

Littlemiss you don't get council tax reduction as you're only studying part time, you have to be in full time - so at full time uni - to qualify. The NUS card is good though.

I'm just doing my EMA for my second course for BSc Psychology. I start DSE212 in February. It's been hard at times as I found out I was pregnant with DC4 just after starting my first course, I have 4 DCs - 5.5, 4.5, almost 3 and 11 months and DH works long hours. It gets a bit stressful around deadlines but is manageable.

If full time ou, you do qualify though, i think? smile

ZiaMaria Mon 23-Sep-13 13:00:26

I'm starting Intermediate German next week. EEEP!

BitBewildered Mon 23-Sep-13 13:00:52

I'm about to start an English Language and Literature degree. littlemissnormal it sounds like we're doing the same module - AA100? <waves>

littlemissnormal Mon 23-Sep-13 19:05:54

Yes, I've started having a look through the first assignment info about Cleopatra and I'm excited but scared!

BitBewildered Mon 23-Sep-13 20:57:45

I've done the things suggested here but nothing much else yet. I did an openings course last year and really enjoyed it, so am feeling more relaxed this time round. My tutor then made a huge difference to how competent I felt, so I hope whoever I get this time is as helpful and supportive.

I might look through the assignment book later. I'm not sure I want to burst my confidence bubble.

Finally applied for my NUS card today! I am a student!

HolgerDanske Tue 24-Sep-13 00:04:48

Yes I am, reading for a Bachelor of Laws. I am waiting for my books to come and tomorrow I will be clearing a shelf to set up my Study Station smile

Study stresses me right out so I am feeling a mix of excitement and apprehension atm.

HolgerDanske Tue 24-Sep-13 00:05:24

Oh yes, I need to get my NUS card too!

Hey. I start my next module - psychology - in October. I'm studying for a degree in Business leadership and management.

Still waiting for the results of my last module but pretty sure I've passed so looking forward to carrying on.

BitBewildered Tue 01-Oct-13 22:54:47

Tutor and tutorial dates - check

NUS Card - check

8 pages of amendments hmm - check

Shiny new pens - check

Is everybody ready? smile

littlemissnormal Sun 10-Nov-13 22:29:18

How did you get on with the first TMA BitBewildered?

Geckos48 Wed 04-Dec-13 15:11:32

Hi, I am going to finish my degree with the OU and am starting in February!

I am doing an open degree but bsc pathway and will hopefully go on to do a masters somewhere afterwards. I am so excited!

Oo coming in late to this. Like Snowflake's DH, I'm in the final year of my MBA. Not easy on top of FT work and 2 smallish DCs, but the end is in sight now!

How's everybody getting on with their courses so far? Despite my promises to myself that I'd get ahead early on, I am (again!) behind sad

First tutorial on Saturday, so that should help...

Good luck all.

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