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Learning and Teaching Innovation (Access)

One of the functions of Learning and Teaching Innovation is to develop access modules and learning opportunities that provide preparation for our mainstream undergraduate programme. This programme is currently called Access and comprises a series of short introductory modules for anyone who is new to higher education or who is thinking about returning to learning but who may not have studied for some time.

Our Access modules are available to students living in England, Eire, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or those who have a British Forces Post Office (BFPO) address. The range of modules have been specifically designed to help students to  find out what it’s like to study with The OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop their study skills, and build their confidence. Each module provides activities and assignments. The modules also offer an opportunity for students to assess their readiness for higher-level study and, if they complete a module successfully, students gain 30 credits at undergraduate Level 0 – so this is an additional preparatory stage to their qualification. Three subject-related Access modules are offered and these present in October and February.

LTI is also the home of the Open degree, and from October 2017 there has been an interdisciplinary level 1 module offered,  Making your learning count (YXM130), which presents in October each year.

Each presentation of Access lasts for a maximum of thirty weeks whereas (YXM130 has two potential submission dates, meaning that its duration is either 22 or 34weeks).

There are no face-to-face tutorials for Access modules; personal tutors provide proactive one-to-one support by telephone and feedback on 4 summative assignments. For students in prison tuition is mainly provided by correspondence, although phone calls may be permitted, depending upon the institution. Tutors are responsible for agreeing an individual learning plan with each of their students. Tutors provide written feedback and developmental guidance on students’ work.

On all Access modules, students complete assignments based on the academic content and issues explored in the module book for Block 1, the online Blocks 2 and 3, and on study skills activities such as study planning and reflecting on personal progress.

Students can study Access either as a stand-alone module or as an additional preparatory stage of a qualification.