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.

purplepippin Mon 19-Aug-13 10:41:14

I am doing this degree, I have done previous study at this level but not for years. I have completed 1 level one module and just about to finish a level 2 module. I am really really enjoying it, I spend about 10 hrs a week studying which is hard as I'm a sahm to 5dc. I have found the OU very accommodating, my tutors have all been great and happy to give extensions etc.

Ah thanks Purple that sounds like what I was hoping to hear.

I generally have at least 1 and a half days off a week when the dc are at school, so time shouldn't really be an issue. It's probably self discipline I will struggle with.

HSMMaCM Mon 19-Aug-13 22:33:23

I have done the early years degree, which crosses over with childhood and youth. I am just taking my final module and it has been worth all the years of study. I work 50 hrs per week with one DD. it is possible.

MrsBottesini Mon 19-Aug-13 22:36:11

have one module to go for OU BSc psychology. Also have three dc (one SN) and a teaching job.
It's doable. Actually enjoyable.

Sparklysilversequins Mon 19-Aug-13 22:37:13

smile This is so funny. I am doing an Open Degree but have just today phoned to request I change to Childhood and Youth Studies as those are all the modules I am choosing so thought it would be good to have it as a named degree. It's quite hard to get motivated sometimes but I really enjoy it and that sense of satisfaction when the TMA goes off is great!

maja00 Mon 19-Aug-13 22:47:11

I am just finishing the Early Years degree too, about to finish my final EMA! It's taken 6 years while working and having a baby in the middle of it but it is doable - I have had a very supportive DP allowing me clear study time though.

I'd say I try to put aside about 12 hours a week for study in my final year, but some weeks I manage none and some weeks I have to work every hour to get stuff done to a deadline. Probably did less in the first couple of years. I have found the materials, tutors and tutorials etc really good.

SilveryMoon Fri 23-Aug-13 21:18:40

Nutcracker I am enrolled on Childhood and Youth Studies starting this October. So excited!
I work full-time as a SEN TA and have 2 dc's (4 &6) and I'm hoping I'll be able to manage.
Like you, I did poorly at school because I thought school was for suckers and have no qualifications, although I have studied a bit at home the past few years out of personal interest.
I too, want to do it to prove to myself that I can achieve whatever I want. I will be 38 when I get the degree.

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 21:31:54

I'm starting the Early Years Foundation Degree in October. I did a level 3 diploma in pre school practice 6 years ago but otger than that I only have 1 O level and a handful of CSE s.
I work 29 hours a week in a reception class as a TA and have 2 children so I know it will be a challenge but I am determined to succeed.
Good luck if you choose to go ahead, I'm sure you would do brilliantly. smile smile

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 21:32:49

Oh and I'm doing it with the OU.

SilveryMoon Fri 23-Aug-13 21:34:26

I'm going with the OU too Meg

LostInWales Fri 23-Aug-13 21:39:51

Well I'm doing Computing and IT so different degree but I have 165 points of 360 needed and I LOVE it. I have 3 DC (one with SN) and a part time job but for me studying is an absolute joy, as you say something that is mine, allllll miiiiine grin. I have finally gained some self confidence because I am doing something I want to do and I can do it. I seriously think that the government would do a lot for the country if they sponsored everyone to do one OU course as a 40th birthday present. <ahem> So to precis, go for it wink.

sixminutespeace Fri 23-Aug-13 21:41:34

Hi, I've also completed my foundation degree in early years with the OU. It took me four years and I found it challenging but enjoyable. The tutors and materials are very good. Having studied at the same level with a brick uni I would say that you are not as 'spoon fed' and expected to use your own initiative to a much greater degree. I was at times frustrated as the modules were only available at certain times so I had gaps of five/six months where I couldn't study whilst waiting to enrol. Well worth it though. They do have taster sessions/open days at their Harbourne, Birmingham branch (not sure if they run any others)

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 21:47:17

Ooh it's exciting Silvery, isn't it.

SilveryMoon Fri 23-Aug-13 21:51:18

Yes Meg grin Just waiting to hear whether I'll get the student loan or not, wish they'd hurry up!
The webpage says that course materials will be dispatched on 18th September so am looking forward to buying pens, post-it, notepads and folders blush wink grin

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 22:02:44

oh I have startwd buying already and have a lovely lovely shelf with empty folders, poclet pouches, dividers and notebooks that I keep on looking at <sad emoticon>.
My course materials are due to be sent from 30 Aug squee.

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 22:03:18

Excuse typos on phone.

SilveryMoon Fri 23-Aug-13 22:16:10

I love stationery shops and aisles as it is, but am stopping myself from buying now until I see what is supplied by the OU so I can better plan what I'll need.

MegGriffin Fri 23-Aug-13 22:24:22

You are very restrained Silvery and very sensible.
I feel a bit like I did when I was pregnant the first time by 'nesting' for my first module but not really 100% what to expect so buying random stationary and reading what I can on the website.

SilveryMoon Sat 24-Aug-13 10:40:34

Yes Meg That's exactly how I feel! I have been in the stationery aisle eyeing up the coloured post-it's and highlighter pens grin

MegGriffin Sat 24-Aug-13 15:17:31

Ooh and for those of you starting with the OU in October they are running live tutorials about how to use the library services and finding information for assignments etc.
I attended one this morning and it was really informative and interactive. I would highly recommend this to any newbies.

Enb76 Sat 24-Aug-13 15:23:11

I'm doing OU, broad based history. Am really enjoying it.

monstermissy Sat 24-Aug-13 15:41:37

Another one here starting childhood and youth in October smile I was going to go to the local uni but I've 3 dcs 1 with sen and decided to take longer and go with OU so cancelled my place. Really looking forward to it, had a year off from study after finishing my access course and missed it.

monstermissy Sat 24-Aug-13 15:45:49

I work 32 hours a week so it will be hard work but I better like that. Still waiting to hear from student finance after sending them my documents etc then all good to go. smile

SilveryMoon Sat 24-Aug-13 16:01:42

Lots of potential study-buddies here grin

Oh lots of replies grin

Thos of you starting the courses this October, are you doing the access bit at the start or getting straight into the course ?

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Aug-13 02:31:40

I'm skipping the access course and jumping straight on to level 1

MegGriffin Sun 25-Aug-13 12:22:34

Same here, straight in with level 1 (E100)

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Aug-13 13:12:52

I'm doing E111. It was a toss-up between the 2 (E100 and 111) but in the end decided to do the module that corresponds with the department I'll be in this academic year.
I've worked as an SEN TA for about 3 and half years. Did nearly 2 years in EY and just over a year in KS1 which is where I will stay this year coming.

MegGriffin Sun 25-Aug-13 16:03:27

Exciting news! My module documents were dispatched on Friday. A Week earlier than I expected. I will be postman twitching now. grin grin

LostInWales Sun 25-Aug-13 16:08:55

Oooh, I'm jealous Meg, I know from past experience I need to get a head start because life often gets in the way of study but mine are staying resloutely un posted.

I have new highlighter pens and an ace set of post it notes that include one saying 'dire' on it. grin

BitBewildered Sun 25-Aug-13 16:12:44

I'm starting my English Lang & Lit OU degree in October. The course materials for the first module are here, and I have all my set texts -woohoo! The procrastinating has started too, which is why I'm on here!

OP I hadn't studied since GCSEs either, and did the openings course for the arts which started last November. It was really helpful and I feel pretty confident about my study skills now. I would recommend it.

LostInWales Sun 25-Aug-13 16:13:38

You are truly a proper student if you have managed to procrastinate already wink

BitBewildered Sun 25-Aug-13 16:24:42

grin thanks Lost. <proud>

MegGriffin Sun 25-Aug-13 17:21:46

I'm loving the stationary LostInWales.
I do hope I can make a start and get ahead of myself before the inevitable real life gets in the way with work and winter bugs etc. Also it sounds promising that you will get yours early too if BitBewildered has hers as well.

BitBewildered Sun 25-Aug-13 19:01:05

My stuff was due to be sent out on 16th August, but I received it on the 13th. I have got my lever arch file and pencil case ready. There are support groups on FB for my module, and some bits on the OU website about how to prepare. I have downloaded some bits from iTunesU and am sitting here ignoring it all. I will start reading soon ...

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Aug-13 19:13:15

How do I find out if there's a fb group for my module. They're usually closed groups aren't they. Must have a look

LostInWales Sun 25-Aug-13 19:32:31

If you go into the seach box at the top of your FB page and type in the course code you can see if there is already a group for your course. I've been lucky and always had some online study 'friends' on FB but then as I'm doing a computing degree maybe that's not surprising wink

Item 6 is my new post it notes given to me by an ace friend who also lectures for the OU, a bit like having a very personal tutor!

BitBewildered Sun 25-Aug-13 19:45:42

Yes, just search your course code. My one had specific groups for those starting in October - one group for chatting and one for more course focused discussion.

I really like those post its! I want some new stationery envy

FunInTheSunD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:20:23

I'm looking at doing a OU course. Can I ask how much it cost you,?

MegGriffin Sun 25-Aug-13 20:36:11

Hello Fun. If you go to the OU website it gives you the cost of all the modules. Mine is about £2500 per module and I will need to do 4 (240 credits) to get my Foundation degree and more if I choose to continue.
I have got a student loan which I wont have to start repaying until I earn over £21000 and even then it's graduated.
What course are you thinking of doing?

LostInWales Sun 25-Aug-13 21:01:54

If you are in Wales or Scotland it is a lot cheaper at the moment.

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Aug-13 23:24:04

Thanks. Have just found a group and sent a request to join.
I'm a little nervous about this now and that I might be taking on too much and it'll be too hard..........

MegGriffin Sun 25-Aug-13 23:42:50

Silvery, I've joined a couple of face book groups as well.
I think (hope) that once we start we will have a better understanding of what is required time wise and can plan accordingly smile .

LostInWales Mon 26-Aug-13 10:33:05

How many points are your courses? A 60 point course is supposed to be approx 16 hours a week, 30 8 hours and 15 points 4 hours. I've found this quite a good guide. If you are doing entry level courses they are excellent at bringing you gently in to study and teaching study techniques as well as the subject matter. I was scared stupid when I started but it was so gentle at first I got my confidence up. I'm doing 60 points at level two this year though < goes back to panicked> shock

BitBewildered Mon 26-Aug-13 11:14:30

Mine's 60 credits too. The openings course was only 15 credits so it's quite a jump. <frets>

Ive applied grin but they have emailed saying there is a querey with my application and my address or something, so I need to ring them tomorrow.

Hopefully it will be easily sorted out and I can complete the registration and apply for finance in time.

Does anyone know if you can get a garnt for equipment ? My laptop is on it's last legs.

Also, do I have to tell my workplace I am doing it ?

BitBewildered Wed 28-Aug-13 23:38:38

Congrats! They've been good with my slightly convoluted admin, so hopefully they will get your paperwork ready quickly. No idea about equipment, sorry.

I can't see any reason why you'd need to tell work, unless you're contract says you must? Would studying disrupt your ability to work?

TortoiseshellMillie Wed 28-Aug-13 23:52:39

Hello! I'm starting a Masters in Education with the OU in October. Received the course materials today. Spent most of the evening reading them and getting ridiculously excited smile.

Panicking a bit now, as i have recently had a huge crisis of confidence. I have a history of depression and anxiety, and worried about how this may affect my studies. ..

Good luck everyone-can't wait to hear more about your courses!

BitBewildered Thu 29-Aug-13 00:23:26

It's very exciting when the materials arrive isn't it? I am halfway through my first set text, and am really enjoying it (it's Dr Faustus, if anyone is interested). smile

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


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

Danann Sat 18-Jan-14 12:52:07

Hi BabyDubs, you get sent through a parcel with course books, DVD's and CDs, you might have to buy some set books as well depending on the module, then depending on the course there are either optional tutorials about once a month or so or online tutorials. The study time is spent reading the books, listening to/watching the other resources, making notes and doing the activities in the books, how many assignments depends on the course but my 60 credit module this year has 6 assignments and my 30 credit module has 4. Some modules have an exam which are held in lots of places across the country, others just have a big assignment at the end.

JadziaSnax Tue 25-Mar-14 19:12:18

Hi, another OU student here. I'm studying an open degree, focusing on computing & maths. It's great, I'm really enjoying it. I'd definitely recommend it.

DiddyBeth Tue 08-Apr-14 18:12:30

Hi, I am currently pregnant and planning to start the Childhood and Youth course in October when the baby is 4 months. I was in my first year of uni when I found out I was pregnant and due to hyperemesis was unable to continue the degree. I was just wondering if there are others who are doing this course who can tell me how many assignments there will be and what their view of the course is? Just really worrying if I will be able to cope with a baby and studying.

TIA smile

MegGriffin Mon 28-Apr-14 22:11:05

I started the pathway for the childhood and youth studies degree last September. I am doing 1 60 credit module a year as I also work 30 hours a week in school. some modules you can choose, others are compulsory but so far I am really enjoying it. I am currently doing E100 which has 4 TMAs and 1 EMA which takes the place of an exam. Other modules have different amounts of assignments.
also the module I am currently doing, you need to have a placement in a setting although that is not the case for all modules. Hth.

MegGriffin Mon 28-Apr-14 22:11:52

I started the pathway for the childhood and youth studies degree last September. I am doing 1 60 credit module a year as I also work 30 hours a week in school. some modules you can choose, others are compulsory but so far I am really enjoying it. I am currently doing E100 which has 4 TMAs and 1 EMA which takes the place of an exam. Other modules have different amounts of assignments.
also the module I am currently doing, you need to have a placement in a setting although that is not the case for all modules. Hth.

Hi all, about to start level2, bsc health science. Just marking my place smile

Having some trouble with paying my fees atm, and was kindly pointed over here for suggestions, so will read back through the thread now. I'm in wales, so some things are different though.

HSMMaCM Sat 03-May-14 13:18:01

I'm in wales graduating today (Cardiff). Good luck to everyone starting out.

Weyhey <waves down the m4> well done!

Meglet Sat 03-May-14 14:38:06

Hello, I'm just plodding through a level 1 Certificate of higher education. Nothing as heavy as the rest of you.

So far I've passed Understanding Society and Starting with Law, I have 30 points in total. Currently on a 30 point personal finance module. I'd get more done if 5yo DD would sleep hmm. Have to choose medicine, engineering or accounting module next. Basically I'm choosing modules on the basis of what will help me at work (finance dept) and what careers I could gently point the dc's towards blush.

Well done HSMM!

HSMMaCM Sat 03-May-14 18:21:52

Meglet - you'll get sucked in and before you know it you'll be hiring robes.

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