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BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree

Some of the key questions in the world today require expertise from a range of subjects. Multidisciplinary study has always been at the heart of the Open University, and the Open degree allows you to bring together different areas of study in a completely flexible way to develop knowledge and skills. The BA/BSc (Honours) Open is a degree with a difference. Free from the restriction of a subject-specific specialism, you can set the direction of your learning. Choose from over 250 modules across 16 subject areas, to create a bespoke qualification to match your interests, and help stand out in the job market.

"The fact that the OU has the option of choosing an Open degree is fabulous. So many people I have spoken to wish they’d had this option at university rather than going down one route." Carol Dow, BSc (Honours) Open

Key features of the course

  • Tailor your qualification to suit your needs
  • Choose modules from a wide range of subject areas
  • Create your own unique multidisciplinary degree and skill set
  • Adapt your study plans to match your evolving aspirations
  • Count previous university study towards your qualification

Course Summary

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Degree

Degree

  • Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
  • Internationally respected, universally understood.
  • An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
  • Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
Course code
QD
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
360
How long it takes
Part time – 6 years
Full time – 3 years
Time limit – 16 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. For your BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree you can:

  • study a broad range of subjects; or
  • specialise in one subject area, and pick from a wide range of subjects to complete your qualification; or
  • specialise in two subject areas, dividing your time equally between both.

If you’re interested in exploring some predefined subject-based routes through the qualification, expand the Routes through the degree section below.

Prepare for OU study with an Access module

We offer two starting points depending on how confident you are or how long it’s been since you last studied. Choose to dive straight in at Stage 1, or if you’d prefer some extra preparation, you can get started with an optional Access module. See Entry requirements for more details.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

You’ll start Stage 1 with 60 credits from a wide choice of introductory modules. This can include Making your learning count (YXM130) which gives you the chance to count study from a variety of subjects towards your qualification. All introductory modules are worth 30 or 60 credits, and have been carefully selected to develop your subject knowledge and study skills in preparation for further OU study.

To complete this stage, you’ll choose a further 60 credits from a wider selection of our other Stage 1 modules. Many students focus broadly on one discipline, such as science or the humanities – but there’s nothing to stop you studying modules from entirely different subject areas.

Key introductory Stage 1 modules

ModulesCredits
You'll choose 60 credits from:
Choose from this list of Stage 1 key introductory option modules60

All Stage 1 modules

ModulesCredits
You'll choose 60 credits from:
Choose from this list of Stage 1 option modules60

Stage 2 (120 credits)

Having completed Stage 1, you may have formed some ideas about the direction you want to follow – if so, you can start to focus on one or two subject areas and explore some of the topics you will have encountered at Stage 1 in more depth. Equally, you can continue to be inspired by different subjects, especially if you have previous knowledge or experience. Either way, after you've completed the 120 credits required for Stage 2, you will have enhanced your critical thinking and analytical skills.

All Stage 2 modules

ModulesCredits
You'll choose 120 credits from:
Choose from this list of Stage 2 option modules120

Stage 3 (120 credits)

Stage 3 is focused on the study of specialist topics and issues. During this stage you will develop significantly as an independent learner and acquire high-level thinking skills in preparation for graduate-level employment or postgraduate study. To complete the 120 credits of study required for Stage 3, we strongly recommend that you build on previous studies to get the best from your learning experience with us.

All Stage 3 modules

ModulesCredits
You'll choose 120 credits from:
Choose from this list of Stage 3 option modules120

Routes through the degree

If you want to mainly focus your Open degree on just one subject, you can choose 180 credits of subject-specific study across the three stages (as detailed in the example routes given below), combined with 180 credits from a wide range of modules. Alternatively, if you’d like to study two specific subjects, you could choose to combine 180 credits of subject-specific study from one route with 180 credits of subject-specific study from another.

These routes are optional and are provided just to give you a few ideas, other subjects and module choices are available when you register.

Following a suggested subject route, or combining two together, can be particularly beneficial if you’re keen to develop a specialism in a particular subject(s). However, please be aware that the subject(s) you study won’t be included on your degree certificate or in the name of your degree.

Art history

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Discovering the arts and humanities (A111)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Exploring art and visual culture (A226)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Art and its global histories (A344)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Biology

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Science: concepts and practice (S112)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules 60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Cell and molecular biology (S296) – planned for October 202330
The biology of survival (S295)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Biological science: from genes to species (S317)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60
S112 is not a key introductory module. If you’re interested in studying this route, you’ll need to have completed 60 credits of key introductory modules in another subject.

Business and management

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
An introduction to business and management (B100)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Shaping business opportunities (B207)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Strategic management (B302)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Childhood and youth studies

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology (E104) – planned for October 202360
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Exploring childhood and youth (E232)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Issues in research with children and young people (EK313)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Design

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (U101)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Design essentials (T217)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Innovation: designing for change (T317)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Economics

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
You and your money (DB125)30
Economics in context (DD126)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Essential economics: macro and micro perspectives (D217) – planned for October 202360
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules 60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Doing economics: people, markets and policy (DD309)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60
DD126 is not a key introductory module. If you’re interested in studying this route, you’ll need to have completed 60 credits of key introductory modules in another subject.

Engineering

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Engineering: origins, methods, context (T192)30
Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production (T193)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules 60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Core engineering A (T271)30
Energy and sustainability (T213)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Nanoscale engineering (T366)30
Renewable energy (T313)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Environmental technology

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules 60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Energy and sustainability (T213)30
Environmental management: systems and sustainability (T220)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules 60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Renewable energy (T313)30
Environmental management 2 (T319)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

French

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Introduction to French studies (beginners) (L102) – planned for October 202330
French studies 1 (intermediate) (L112)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
French studies 2: language and culture of the French-speaking world (L222)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
French studies 3: language and culture of the French-speaking world (L332)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Health and social care

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Introducing health and social care (K102)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Critical issues in health and wellbeing (K219)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules 60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Leading, managing, caring (K318)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Law

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Criminal law and the courts (W111)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules 60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Public law (W211)30
International, environmental and space law (W260)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Trusts law (W311) – planned for October 202330
Law, society and culture (W340)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Mathematics and statistics

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Discovering mathematics (MU123)30
Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules 60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Mathematical methods (MST224)30
Analysing data (M248)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Applications of probability (M343)30
Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327)30
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

Psychology

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Investigating psychology 1 (DE100)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary (DD210)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Advancing social psychology (DD317)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60
DE100 is not a key introductory module. If you’re interested in studying this route, you’ll need to have completed 60 credits of key introductory modules in another subject.

Sport and fitness

ModulesCredits
Stage 1 (120 credits)
Introduction to sport and fitness (E117)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 1 option modules60
Stage 2 (120 credits)
Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching (E236)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 2 option modules60
Stage 3 (120 credits)
Athletic development: a psychological perspective (E312)60
Plus choose 60 credits from this list of Stage 3 option modules60

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 09 September 2022.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree uses a variety of study materials and may have the following elements, depending on the modules you choose to study:

  • studying online – some modules have a mixture of printed and online material, and others are entirely online. Online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • face-to-face tutorials/day schools/workshops and/or online tutorials
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
  • working with specialist reading material such as works of art and musical manuscripts
  • continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
  • using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
  • engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
  • using specialist software (for example the Sibelius music writing package)
  • using an online Laboratory or Design/Engineering Studio
  • some modules may require you to attend a residential school.

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our BA (Honours) Open or our BSc (Honours) Open.

The class of honours (first, upper-second, lower-second or third) will depend on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

Designation of your degree

Whether you receive a BA (Honours) Open degree or a BSc (Honours) Open degree will depend on the modules you choose:

  • For BA (Bachelor of Arts) designation, at least 180 credits must come from modules suitable for a BA (module codes starting with A, B, D, E, K, L, M, U, W or YXM).
  • For a BSc (Bachelor of Science) designation, at least 180 credits must come from modules suitable for a BSc (module codes starting with B, D, E, K, M, S, T, U, W or YXM).

Of these 180 credits, at least 120 must be at OU level 2 or above, and at least 60 of these must be at OU level 3.

International recognition

If you intend to use your Open University qualification to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Find out more about international recognition of Open University qualifications.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 


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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

The BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree begins with one of a range of introductory modules, which are all designed to build a solid foundation for further study. Although this first module will provide the foundation for your qualification, having some basic skills before you begin can help you get the best from your studies. If, for example, you choose one of our science, maths or engineering modules, we recommend that you check with us that your IT and mathematical skills are at an appropriate level.

For the following subject areas, we offer online diagnostic tools to help you to decide if you’re ready, or if you could do with some extra preparation:

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

Preparing for study with an Access module

Students who start their study with an Access module are more likely to be successful when they advance to Stage 1 of their qualification. They’re specially designed to give you a gentle introduction to OU study, boost confidence in your study skills, and help you gain a broad overview of your chosen subject area.

You’ll also benefit from:

  • feedback from your tutor through regular one-to-one phone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback on your work.
The Access module we’d recommend studying in preparation for this qualification is either:

Arts and languages Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the arts, humanities and languages. It's perfect preparation for your study with The Open University as you'll develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. From the perspective of its central theme, ‘popular protest’, it explores a range of subjects, including art history, English, English language studies, history, and popular music, all through its central theme of ‘popular protest’. The module also offers an opportunity to explore other subjects, such as modern languages, classical studies, religious studies and creative writing.

View full details of Arts and languages Access module

People, work and society Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module provides an excellent introduction to studying with The Open University; you'll get to cover a wide range of subject areas, including childhood and youth studies, social science, psychology, health, business and law.

View full details of People, work and society Access module

Science, technology and maths Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics. It’ll help develop your study skills in advance of your OU qualification, and you get to explore a number of STEM subjects including science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.

View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module

Psychology, social science and wellbeing Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module provides an excellent introduction to studying with The Open University; you'll get to cover a wide range of subject areas, including psychology, childhood and youth studies, health and social wellbeing, sport, education and social sciences.

View full details of Psychology, social science and wellbeing Access module

Fees and funding in England

80% of our students pay nothing upfront by financing their studies with a student loan.

In this section:
Tuition fee
What are my funding options?
Other costs to think about
Additional support

Tuition fee

BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree

Years of  study

3 years 6 years

Current fee per year in England

£6,456* £3,228*

How we worked out the cost

A degree is worth 360 credits. The fee per year is based on studying 60 credits per year for 6 years. A degree is worth 360 credits. The fee per year is based on studying 120 credits per year for 3 years.

Total fee for qualification at current prices

£19,368*

You’ll fund your modules as you study them – you won’t have to pay for your whole qualification up front

That’s 1/3 less than the cost of an equivalent qualification offered at most other universities in England.

See comparison table

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2023. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


What are my funding options?

There are several ways to fund your study, often without paying anything upfront.

Student loan

The most common way for our students to fund their study

  • A student loan is used by 80% of our students.
  • Open to everyone – it’s not means-tested and there’s no age limit.
  • You don’t pay anything upfront. Student Finance England pay your fees directly to the OU for you.
  • You won’t pay back a penny until you earn over £27,295.
  • The amount you repay is tied to how much you earn. For example, if you earn £29,000 you’ll pay just £12.79 per month.

Other options

Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA)

Repay in monthly instalments while you study.


Credit/debit card or bank transfer

Pay before each module starts. You can also combine card or bank transfer payments with other payment methods.


Employer sponsorship

More than 1 in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer.


Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs)

If you’re a serving member of the British Armed Forces (or you’ve recently left), you may be eligible to use ELCs to cover up to 100% of your course fees.

Which funding options could I be eligible for?



Other costs to think about

Your course fees cover your tuition, assessment and study materials, but there are still a few additional costs that can come with studying. If you’re income is less than £25,000 or you receive a qualifying benefit, you could get help with some of these costs after you start studying.

  • You’ll need a computer and internet access for online resources and tutorials.
  • You may need to pay for travel to face to face tutorials if you choose to attend these during your course.
  • This qualification has option modules that include learning events (like field schools, laboratory schools and residential schools). For these schools, you have to pay an additional charge. You must also pay for your travel to and from the venue.

Additional support

You may be eligible for:

  • help with study-related costs like travel to tutorials, set books, and internet access
  • a free introductory Access module to build your confidence and skills
  • funding to study an OU qualification for free from our Carers’ Scholarships Fund if you are, or have recently been, an unpaid carer
  • a Carers’ Bursary towards study-related costs if you provide unpaid care to a friend or family member
  • a Care Experienced Bursary of £250 towards study-related costs if you’ve previously been, or are currently, in care
  • a Sanctuary Scholarship to study an OU qualification for free if you’ve been displaced from your homeland for political, economic, ethnic, environmental, or human rights pressures
  • funding from our Scholarship for Black Students to study an OU qualification for free if you identify as being from a Black background

If you have a disability

  • The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a government grant to cover study support costs if you have a disability. It’s not means-tested, and there’s no age limit. Visit our Supporting students with disabilities page to find out more.
  • If your disability is a result of being injured in, or due to, military service, you could be eligible for our Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund.

Need more information?

Talk through your funding options with one of our advisors

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How will I study this course?

With our unique approach to distance learning, you can study from home, work, or on the move.

You’ll have some assessment deadlines to meet, but otherwise you’ll be free to study at the times that suit you, fitting your learning around work, family, and social life.

For each of your modules, you’ll use either just online resources or a mix of online and printed materials.

Each module you study will have a module website, with:

  • a week-by-week study planner, giving you a step-by-step guide through your studies
  • course materials such as reading, videos, recordings, and self-assessed activities
  • module forums for discussions and collaborative activities with other students
  • details of each assignment and their due dates
  • a tutorial booking system, online tutorial rooms, and your tutor’s contact details
  • online versions of some printed module materials and resources.

If you have additional needs, we can also provide most module materials in alternative formats. Find out more about materials on our accessibility webpage.


Tutor support

You’ll have a tutor for each module, who will introduce themselves before the module begins.

Throughout the module, they will:

  • mark your assignments and give feedback to help you improve
  • guide you to learning resources
  • support you, whether with general study skills or help with a specific topic.

Tutorials

Tutorials throughout the course could be online, face-to-face or a mixture of the two, and they’re always optional.

Online tutorials are live presentations with module tutors in dedicated online tutorial rooms, and are sometimes recorded.


Assessment

Our assessments are all designed to reinforce your learning and help you show your understanding of the topics. The mix of assessment methods will vary between modules.

Computer-Marked Assignments

  • Usually a series of online, multiple-choice questions.

Tutor-Marked Assignments

  • You’ll have a number of these throughout each module, each with a submission deadline.
  • They can be made up of essays, questions, experiments or something else to test your understanding of what you have learned.
  • Your tutor will mark and return them to you with detailed feedback.

End-of-Module Assessments

  • The final, marked piece of work on most modules.
  • Modules with an end of module assessment won’t usually have an exam.

Exams

  • Some modules end with an exam. You’ll be given time to revise and prepare.
  • You’ll be given your exam date at least 5 months in advance.
  • Most exams take place remotely, and you will complete them at home or at an alternative location.
  • If a module requires you to take a face-to-face exam, this will be made clear in the module description, and you will be required to take your exam in person at one of our exam centres.

Progressing to a point where I felt more comfortable writing my assignments, and having my scores reflecting that, made me quite happy because it showed the hard work was being rewarded.

Patrick ‘Ricky’ Skene, BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

Other support and resources

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to our subject-specific Student Support Teams.

They’ll help you with any general questions about your study and updates to your OU account.

To help with your studies, you’ll also have access to:

  • our online library, with high-quality online resources to support your study
  • other university libraries in the UK and Ireland
  • the online Help Centre, which has general information about OU study and support, along with study skills advice
  • free Microsoft Office 365 software
  • IT and computing support from our Computing Helpdesk.

Find out more about student support and being a part of the OU community.

Skills for career development

A BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree equips you with a wide range of expertise, skills and capabilities which are much sought after in today’s highly competitive job market. An Open degree on your CV shows more than your level of knowledge about a subject; employers know that you are flexible and adaptable, having studied across a range of subjects. It also allows you to develop a diverse range of transferable skills, personal attributes and external awareness including:

  • self-management and resilience
  • initiative
  • self-awareness
  • collaboration
  • problem-solving
  • communication
  • numeracy
  • digital and information literacy
  • global citizenship
  • commercial and/or sector awareness

Career relevance

The flexibility of our BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree makes it relevant to a wide range of careers and industries. It can help you to develop in your existing employment or be a passport to a whole new career. Its flexibility particularly suits people with multi-faceted work roles; and anyone needing to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to manage changes in their current job or future career path.

Other careers

Graduate employers from most sectors put value on a degree, however not necessarily the subject studied. The 2019 Institute of Student Employers’ Inside Student Recruitment report showed the percentage of graduate recruiters not looking for a qualification in a particular subject had risen to 86%.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to The Open University’s Careers and Employability Services for a wide range of careers information. Advice and guidance. This includes online forums, website, AI interview simulation, our vacancy service as well as the option to email or have a phone or video consultation to a Careers Consultant. Some areas of the Careers and Employability Services website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.  Once you are a registered student you will also be able to access the information on the Open Programme’s Qualification site.

You can also visit the graduate careers website Prospects for hundreds of job ideas.


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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 08/12/2022
Credit transfer: apply by 09/02/2023

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