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Make your experience count

Make your experience count is suitable for anyone who seeks formal recognition of past learning experiences, including continued professional development, which may not have been formally recognised or certificated. You will learn how to analyse, reflect on and record these experiences in an academic environment, take stock of your skills and plan for your personal and career development. The module is suitable for anyone in paid or voluntary work, planning a career change, or wishing to enter or re-enter the labour market. It is also appropriate for anyone with no particular goal other than to undertake some personal or academic development.

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Study level
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
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What you will study

Throughout the module, you will collect, organise and present evidence of your own learning, working independently and with others. The online study materials, activities and assessments will help you through this process. You will be supported throughout by your personal tutor, Open University resources and other students.

You will learn

You will:

  • learn how to identify, reflect on and capture your own experiences
  • have an opportunity to examine your personal development and explore how you might plan your future studies
  • develop study skills
  • gain useful IT skills as all the study materials are online.

By the end of the module you will have a clearer understanding of the skills you have acquired through past life experiences and will be able to plan your future personal and career development with greater confidence.

Vocational relevance

This module is suitable if you are in paid or voluntary work, planning a career change or wishing to enter or re-enter the labour market. The module is also suitable if you wish to undertake some personal or academic development but do not have a clear career goal in mind. If you have attended non-accredited courses, this module gives you the opportunity to earn university credit for this type of learning without the need for any additional evidence.

Outside the UK

This module should be relevant for students with learning experiences gained outside the UK.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will be allocated to a tutor who will give you advice and guidance on the study requirements and will mark and comment on your written work. Your tutor will be particularly concerned with helping you with your study methods and providing feedback on your assignments. You will be expected to communicate with your tutor by email and telephone.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must also be submitted online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014 when it will be available for the last time. A replacement is not planned.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


To study this module you must:

  • have some life experiences you can draw on to complete the assessment on this module (experiences in this context does not have to mean formal or certificated learning)
  • be able to use your computer to create documents, save and locate files, access websites and use email.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

No preparatory work is necessary for this module.


Start End England fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Mar 2015 £1316.00

Registration closes 11/09/14 (places subject to availability)


The deadline for financial support applications has now passed

October 2014 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 23/08/2014.

What's included

Website and online forums.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

If you have a disability

The module includes significant amounts of work with a computer as all the module content is delivered online as HTML or Adobe Portable Document (PDF) files. Some module components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. If you use specialist software you are strongly recommended to check that you will be able to access the resources before you register for the module. 

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.