Open University (Open University)

Specific information:

  • At the Open University approximately 250,000 students (at least) are enrolled each year. The majority of the students are based in the United Kingom, but several thousand are based in Continental Europe. Some of the courses of the Open University are available worldwide. Qualifications in all three cycles of the European HE area are offered.
  • The method of instruction is blended learning (the majority), but some by purely electronic delivery and by multimedia tools.
  • The qualifications at the Open University are modular, i.e. students can combine credits from modules to build the qualification of their choice. There are restrictions on this choice, it depends on the regulations governing the intended qualification.
  • The main language of instruction in English.
  • Regarding the entry requirements the age limit for entry is usually 18 years. Applications can be made at an age lower than this and are examined on a case-by-case basis.  There is no upper  age limit. No previous educational qualifications are needed to enrol the first cycle (undergraduate) level. There are educational qualifications required to enrol the second and third cycle (all postgraduate programmes).
  • Enrolment for the majority of the OU courses can be done online at any time till about six weeks before the course begins. Enrolment can also be done by telephone. Registration deadlines vary slightly and are given on the page of our website detailing each individual course.
  • Modules offered by the OU have definite start and end dates. It is possible to enroll once or twice a year, and occasionally three time per year. The duration of a module is between 3 months (minimum) and 9 months (maximum).
  • The method of assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and a examinable component (ie an examination or an end-of-course project or similar). Exams are never online: attendance at an examination centre is the norm. The dates of assessment have fixed deadlines. Under certain circumstances it is possible to resubmit an assessment.
  • The key means of support is electronic, via a student’s personal university Homepage. This Homepage provides access to both administrative and academic support. In addition, each student is allocated to a Regional/National office and staff there can provide local administrative support, by telephone or email, if necessary. These offices also provide generic study support and educational advice and guidance. Academic support is provided usually by a course tutor (occasionally, for some types of courses, an electronic course Forum moderator will provide this academic support).
  • In the UK, some students have a tutorial venue for face to face tuition but this is generally hired accommodation and not exactly a study centre. The administrative support centre is the Regional/National office. There are 13 of these in the UK. One of these also supports Continental European students, Region 09 based in the North East of England. In Continental Europe itself, there is a network of 11 Country Coordinators in the major West European countries, who act as a local presence for administrative support and advice to students. 
  • To get access to literature and other educational materials, all relevant materials are sent to the students, at undergraduate level. These are also sometimes available online in electronic versions accessible via their Student Homepage. If further materials are required, or research materials are needed at postgraduate or very advanced undergraduate level, then the OUUK online library provides these, via subscriptions to periodicals, ebooks etc.

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