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Career prospects with an OU degree

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user1472582572 Mon 27-Mar-17 11:57:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I think it varies. You get many people saying how well respected they are but I'm not convinced - purely because a lot of OU modules are really just reading and rewriting thr specific material OU give you. As far as I'm concerned that is not reading your subject!

However, I want to point out that many normal unis now offer distance learning degrees, so it's worth checking them out before you make any decisions on institution.

TheFlyingFauxPas Sun 04-Jun-17 21:09:34

Have you studied with OU Triptrap. To do well it is not enough to 'rewrite' their material. They really require you to engage with, interrogate and discuss issues introduced in module materials.

I did Flying . i soon stopped because I found it very dumbed down I guess. The tutor on the module I was on, and others going by fb posts, was very against extra reading and stated to only use the material provided. So it was pretty much regurgitating the OU books. And yes, I done very well (and only started reading a day before each essay was due, or on the same day. It required zero effort)

I understand OU has changed somewhat, but I don't know how much in that respect.

HairsprayQueen Sun 04-Jun-17 21:53:41

The essay I've just submitted was based on both module materials and research of journals so it's not always the case.

TheFlyingFauxPas Mon 05-Jun-17 20:51:42

Not an English language module I hope TripTrap wink

likeababyelephant Mon 05-Jun-17 21:28:10

I was thinking about transferring my credits to OU. I guess what you really miss out on when atudying online is the chance to network with people and take part in employment schemes at a "real" university.

BonnesVacances Mon 05-Jun-17 21:39:59

I think it depends how you present it. I have a First in a BSc Open from the OU which took 7 years of studying. My CV specifically says that it shows commitment and tenacity (rather than expecting any prospective employer to join the dots and realise that). I didn't need to degree to do the job I'm doing but my employer also specifically said that it held a lot of value and that it said a lot about me as a person and how hard I was prepared to work.

utopialopier Tue 06-Jun-17 09:02:26

You can use the degree as a stepping stone I to further study, use it to show you have spent time at home with children constructively. It shows you're disciplined and self motivated. And it's hard work. There are assessments and exams.

Trip trap, did you quit the OU before studying at a high level? Because certainly at level 3 and some level 2 courses you have to research and use journals. Really hope you didn't study English too!

leonardthelemming Tue 06-Jun-17 09:06:47

The University of York accepted me to do an MA (by research, Science Education) on the basis of my OU degree. I was already a teacher - the research was carried out in school - and I continued to teach subsequently.

LonginesPrime Thu 31-Aug-17 03:24:01

I did a Humanities degree with the OU and went on to do a law conversion course to become a solicitor at a good firm - I've never had a problem getting interviews or jobs and my OU degree has always been viewed positively (albeit with a degree of intrigue) by employers.

TripTrap It depends what you want to get out of it, though - for me, it was more about the learning experience than about ticking the box and getting the qualification. I believe you that it's technically possible to put in minimal effort at the last minute and coast through the course, but I can't imagine that would be a very engaging or motivating way of going about learning.

The level 1 courses are quite easy in places as they have to bridge the gap from about GCSE level, through A-Level and on to first year degree standard over one course, with everyone coming at it from very different backgrounds and levels of study skills. This does mean that some of it can seem quite easy, but on the more advanced levels, the skills gap is obviously smaller as people have all had to complete the level 1 courses successfully to move up. The trick with the OU (and the reason their degrees are so highly respected by many) is sticking with it over the years, on top of everything else you've got going on in your life.

I often used the library and journals for additional research; I think it probably depends on the subject but obviously with most Humanities subjects, it would be difficult to experience the arts fully by only relying on what you're spoonfed with no additional analysis.

CherriesInTheSnow Thu 31-Aug-17 03:41:54

I disagree the course as a whole is overly easy; you are also only assessed for your classification based on the level 2 and 3 modules so coasting through the easier modules at the beginning is not a reflection of how well you would do on the degree overall.

My next level 1 degree also requires me to buy 5 external textbooks as well as the OU books and other resources provided, so hardly simply regurgitating textbook material provided.

CherriesInTheSnow Thu 31-Aug-17 03:42:22

Level 1 module*

CherriesInTheSnow Thu 31-Aug-17 03:44:12

FFS, level 2 module!

The level 1 modules as a PP has stated serve the function of bridging the gap between potentially no previous study and degree level study, so are designed to be accessible.

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