I want a degree but I don’t want to leave home
The OU is excellent value for money. It works out far less than studying with campus-based universities, especially as you won’t need to move or incur extra costs of accommodation and travel. And because your study is flexible, you can earn while you learn.
- I really want to go to university but I don’t need to live away from home: all my friends are here and my family are really supportive.
- I want to work my way up to a good job, but I don’t really know what. Just having a degree is all I need.
Studying 120 credits a year means you’ll have your degree in three years.
If you’re not sure about what subject to study, why not consider an Open degree? You can study a range of subjects which will give you a breadth of knowledge to apply to a whole range of careers.
I have started on my career
- I’ve just finished my A-levels.
- I really want to get a degree but I don’t want to stay in full-time education.
- I’m working to support myself.
- I can spare 16 hours a week to study.
If any of the above apply to you, you have lots of options. The best part is that you have the flexibility to decide whether to study full time, part time, or in your spare time. If you choose part time or your spare time, then you can fit OU study around a job – and avoid racking up a lot of debt.
For instance, you could start with one of our Level 1 courses worth 60 credits. Some of these are qualifications in their own right. For example An Introduction to Health Care K101, will earn you the Certificate in Health and Social Care (D34). You can then go on to study further courses and work towards a degree.
I want to avoid student debt
- I want to get a degree, but I’m really worried about getting into debt.
- There are the fees, and the cost of living away from home.
- I’d need to work, too, but how would I manage that?
With the OU, the course fees include relevant materials, tuition, assessment and any residential schools.
Sometimes there will be books you have to buy yourself or borrow from the OU library or your own local library, but we’re careful to limit the cost as far as we can. We can also offer flexible payment options allowing you to spread the cost of your study.