Bad. Don't join. Join a university such as University of Manchester, University of London. They have the proper facility to help you. You will be only disappointed.
Be careful of the lady called Dr Fraser.
I'll be glad whens its over. The marking scheme has been particularly unfair. How people can get varying results when they all scored in the same bracket is deceitful. You also cannot challenge their academic judgement, so what you score is what you will ever get. Don't hope for any changes or revisions to your marked work.
The course content is usually interesting, and books are supplemented with online resources such as websites, videos and audio materials. Sadly, the negatives make the OU an attractive option. The lowest mark overall is your module result. So if you score an average over the year of 80%, but the end of year piece is 40%, your module result is 40%. The module result is affected by non-academic factors. So you can produce good work and get a score which puts you in one bracket, for your results, but you actually get a grade that's supposed to be for a different bracket. Personally, that's not fair. No example papers are provided. So you cannot be sure how to get great marks. There is limited time given to tutors to provide feedback. Tutors have told students not to expect detailed feedback. Again, it makes it hard for the majority to get great grades.
Does not support individuals. It campaigns on broader issues only.
The website is very good, although sometimes parts of it go off line.
A little lack lustre. Tutors have told studens that they are not goiven sufficient time by the Open Univeristy to provide detailed feedback. So you can receive 2 paragraphs of feedback which hardly explains why you may have lost out on 50% of your marks, for example.
Brilliant. I have never been so proud as I was crossing the stage at my graduation. I left school with a bare minimum of GCSEs and no A levels, yet the O U managed to nurture my academic skills to the point that I was achieving first class grades by level 2. It is an amazing institution which does not deserve the negative nonsense being posted by others.
I started my O U degree aged 38 with no previous qualifications, and their Level One introductory module was brilliant for learning how to work at university level .I graduated with 1st class honours in 2017. Studying with the Open University is not an easy route. You are expected to motivate yourself, you are expected to treat the provided materials as lectures and direct your own research at Level 3. (The provided materials are top class and often used as resources in 'brick unis') However, the support provided by tutors, student support teams and disability support is excellent should you require it. The O U is a much cheaper way to obtain a degree as well, allowing you to continue working and earning, or fulfilling caring responsibilities. It is definitely not 'the easy route' though, and those who are not self motivated and willing to work hard will struggle without the imposed structure of a 'traditional' university degree. It is still by far the best way for those who didn't get the required qualifications at school for whatever reason .
The OU employs excellent teaching staff, all of whom have post-graduate qualifications, and the majority of whom also work at a traditional university. My tutors (6 in total ) have all been Doctors. I've had no problems with communications .
Works hard to represent the student body .
Not applicable .
Not applicable to distance learners .
Very good, to say that they're all 'virtual', they manage to organise events and meet-ups.
Excellent. Student support and the disability support team have been fantastic for me.
Very poor, the support is non-existent however you can always get s an extension to submit essays. The grading system is very complex and not student friendly in the slightest. To achieve a specific grade you must obtain the same in both TMA'S and EMA'S. Two years ago I gained an average of 94 in my final Spanish module but received 84 in the EMA which was probably an accurate reflection because I had suffered severe depression 3 weeks prior to submission. Because 85 is distinction I was awarded a grade 2 pass and despite supplying medical evidence to prove my illness this was not taken in to consideration to improve the grade. They had a point I should have informed them prior but when you are ill studying goes out of the window as did informing them. Very poor unsympathetic place of study and I would strongly people to go to a brick university rather than a cyber one because you do have better contact with staff.
Not really noticed any efforts made to enhance employability
Nothing in particular however most modules do have items of interest
No interest in attending
They are poor
I am studying not a tourist
Poor and almost non-existent
Not worth the money, you are paying same as what you would pay in normal university and you get in return a set of PDFs + a box with books which no one will ever open in 2018. Super overpriced - this is the greatest business ever - margins must be huge
There is absolutely no career support as with full-time universities
The teaching is essentially self-teaching - you get a set of PDFs and you pay 2k for 30 credits. This is it - the most expensive PDFs you will ever buy. There are online tutorials which are pretty much waste of time - just repeating what is in the PDFs
the website is somewhat ok, although for completely distant learning it is no where near the modern online platforms such as coursera.
Terrible - practically non existent - you are on your own
I feel that I need to defend the Open uni due to a lot of negative feedback on this site. I’ve studied with them since around 2011, they have improved massively in this time. I am always given my course materials weeks in advance, as well as assignment details and deadlines so I can just crack on at my own pace. I am a very good independent studied and very organised so do not need any regular support or help but when I have had contact with the tutors they have been very good. I think that the negative reviews come from people who require outside motivation and guidance, whereas I’m organised and happy to just get on with it and work things out for myself. Great experiences with them and always interesting subject matter. I’d recommend to people in similar situations, have children, run a business and not in a position to go to uni full time.
There is lots of relevant careers I formation
I love the freedom to just be left alone and get on with your course. I have the materials weeks before it starts, I have a list of the study schedule and deadlines and I just get on with it. Support is always on hand if needed
I don’t get involved
Excellent online facilities and tutor support. I’ve yet to attend face to face sessions but there are many available in lots of locations
Really good tutor support offered
I have loved studying with the OU. It has opened doors for me and I have now secured a place on a PGCE course at a normal uni next year as a result. I have grown in confidence and independence and feel as though I have had a better experience than I did in my first year at normal uni. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
The university runs Employability forums where you can ask questions. You are very much on your own for finding work placements but there is advice avaliable.
Tutors are knowledgeable, genuinely caring and interactive and the course books are second to none. It can be very isolating. I got involved heavily in the instagram community so that I felt more like part of a uni.
Don't get involved, don't really know much about it
Online library is amazing.
Essay feedback is detailed and they are always avaliable by email and phone for further advice. Tutorials are excellent and always worth the travel just wish there were more.
Absolutely love it. I work full time and have pretty good social and family life, so it can be hard to balance sometimes, especially when deadlines approach. The key is to be organised and prepared, something which I am still working on.
From day one I have seen the benefits of studying with the Open University. I took the leap in January 2017 and signed up for my first module. Sadly I was made redundant April 2017. I managed to secure interviews for pretty much every weekday for the two weeks I was unemployed. Every single employer noted how they were impressed with me managing to successfully balance my studies with my working life. I received numerous offers and secured a position in Finance, an ultimately better job than the one I was made redundant from. If it wasn't for my studying with the Open University, I do not think I would have landed a job so quick, let alone one I actually enjoy.
The Open University while mainly online, has many day school tutorials at universities across the country. For mine I go to Leeds Beckett. I like this as it is refreshing to meet the people on your course, and as a lot of my friends go to University there full time, it's nice to feel part of university life. I've found tutors to be supporting to the best of their ability, I feel a lot of people seem to assume that tutors are there to help to the point of writing their assignments for them. Yes, studying can be a little lonely sometimes, but at the end of the day, you get out of it what you put in. Open University isn't the same as brick Universities, you need to be dedicated, and self motivated, as well as think for yourself a lot of the time. Sadly judging by the reviews, a lot of people are not, and probably signed up on a whim. So make sure you think long and hard before starting studying, and really evaluate if you think you can do it or not.
I can't comment on the student union as I haven't looked into it, however I am part of a couple of societies at Leeds Beckett
I haven't been to the actual campus in milton keynes, however the venues they use for tutorials (I've been to Beckett, York St Johns and Sheffield Hallam) are great. The online tutorials are also pretty easy to set up.
Again, I've had plenty of support from tutors. If you think they're repeating the same thing to you, that's more than likely because that is the answer...
Terrible. Go elsewhere!
These are the worst people to study with!!! You are paying for a so called tutor who does group video chats about the next assignment. Useless at getting back to you and i found that they are after your money. Without going into detail, there are no guidelines for the tutors to follow. I failed a module (my work was worthy of a pass) and took it again. I followed the tutors advice from previous fail and the new tutor failed me. First thing they say is 'you can take this again, and it will cos 3 grand'. I contested and after 8 months they told me that i have no grounds. BTW i failed by 2 marks!!!! Also their points they award towards your degree are useless!!!! Wasted 2 years of my life 8 months of which was waiting for an answer!
Awful. Would never have started it had I known. What a total waste of hours and hours of my life and loss of experiences. A degree with OU is not worth it. Go to real University or get an internship.
OU careers assistance is non-existent (or thereabouts). Which shouldn’t surprise you, as an OU degree qualifies you for nothing in the real world. As a hobby degree, it’s fine. Don’t waste your time imagining that the huge loss of your time will be worth it for a career. It won’t.
At first, OU provided books, which you could carry with you and dip into. Not any more. Everything is online and this makes things very difficult. The online materials disappear after you’ve completed your course., so, if you need to refer back to your books or notes, THERE ARENT ANY. The OU sales mantra claims flexibility in study method and timing. The OU are NOT flexible. Their tutors are underpaid and it shows. The degree you are studying toward will be ended before you’ve finished and you’ll likely be told that you can no longer count your current credits toward the new degree you’ll be forced to complete (and probably won’t like). Awful experience.
No students union. Well, if there was, OU wouldn’t be so awful, surely.
None. Those that were there are now either gone or not available to students.
None. Geological society was a group of miserable, unhelpful, lifeless old dragons.
I can honestly say that the support was awful.