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OU helps A-Level students to open up their future

The Open University is taking part in the Welsh Government’s ‘Seren’ programme to provide pupils and teachers with the support they needed to ensure more Welsh students progress to the UK’s top universities.

The new Open University in Wales Seren programme was launched at the Seren Network national conference in Newtown on 15 March.  The programme offers Seren students across Wales the opportunity to study an Open University module, alongside AS courses, as a means of introducing them to higher education level study and boosting their university applications.

Over six hundred students and teachers from across Wales attended the two day national conference and OU in Wales staff were present throughout the event to talk about OU courses and give advice on how OU study can help students on their university journey.

Following the success of the conference the OU in Wales will be working with the Welsh Government Seren team to develop this new programme with schools across Wales over the next year.

Eleri Chilcott, Widening Access Manager for South Wales, explained:

“By studying an OU module alongside AS levels students can experience higher education level study, explore subjects they may be interested in and add something extra to their university applications to help them stand out from the crowd.

“We hope our courses will help students to achieve their study goals and give students and teachers an insight in to what the OU can offer.”

The Seren network was established in 2014 to provide pupils and teachers with the support they needed to ensure more Welsh students’ progress to the UK’s top universities. In 2016 the network was expanded to include 11 hubs, covering all of Wales and helping more than 2,000 students reach their academic potential.

The OU in Wales offers modules to Seren students, who may be eligible for Welsh Government funding, as part of the Welsh Government programme. Find out more on our Seren webpage.