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Open University

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Ucas code: O11

Offering quality, value and flexibility, the Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, pioneering teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals by studying at times and in places to suit them. The OU is the biggest UK university with more than 250,000 students, 71% working full or part-time during their studies.

We list 33 full-time OU courses, but there are many other options - visit the OU website for full details.
Source:Open University Students' Association

What students say about this university

Dialog 115 comments (37 students)
    • The downside

      Nothing that I can think of / have experienced

      2013, 1st year, Contract Law

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    • Everyday expenses

      In Leeds College of Art there is a cantine, which offers hot meals and sandwiches, it isn't as cheap as being at school as it...

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      2012, 1st year, Photography

      Everyday expenses

      In Leeds College of Art there is a cantine, which offers hot meals and sandwiches, it isn't as cheap as being at school as it is run by an external company. The food places near uni are expensive too, most students bring pack lunches! There are a few jobs available, but only expect to get one if you have had lots of work experience in that field before, eg a previous job as a waitress, in retail etc. Buses are cheap, 1 a journey!

      2012, 1st year, Photography

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    • Accommodation

      There is no accomodation. You work at home in your own time and in your own space.

      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

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    • The upside

      supportive peer group

      2013, 3rd year, Graphic Design

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    • The downside

      Not many regional tutorial.

      2012, 2nd year, Political Sociology

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    • Academic Experience

      It is the open university, so as much as i need or want to complete the tasks

      2013, 1st year, Business Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.
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Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 83% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

89%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

132,360

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

93%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

100%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

59%

of students are female

Young / Mature

28%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

0%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

62%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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League table rankings

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This institution doesn’t feature in any of the three main league tables, most likely because it’s small or specialist and there isn’t enough data to create a ranking. In a small number of cases some universities have opted out appearing in certain league tables.

Where it's located

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