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80% of students pay nothing up front by funding their studies with a student loan.

I couldn’t have studied through other universities because of the cost. The value for money that you got from the OU was incredible and, along with the flexibility of distance learning, it did make it a more feasible option.

Julie McGuinness, BA (Hons) Open

Academic credit explained

Credits show the amount of work you’ll need to put in to successfully complete a module or qualification.

One credit represents about 10 hours of study.

You’re awarded credits after you successfully complete a module. For example, a 60-credit module awards 60 credits.

I wanted to prove I could achieve my aspirations of being an engineer. Full-time courses weren’t an option as I had to work. That’s when I enrolled on a course with the OU, covering the cost with a student loan, as it offered the perfect balance between earning and learning.

Steph Lee, studying Bachelor of Engineering

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