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 upside

      Exceeded expectations on everything!

      2012, 3rd year, Others In Historical & Philosophical Studies

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    • The downside

      Music course materials. Also lack of tutorials and residential schools.

      2012, 3rd year, Music

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    • The upside

      Staff are friendly and knowledge able. Courses are very reasonable and the work load is broken down well.

      2013, 2nd year, Geology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      Course enrolled on was distance learning, so didn't stay on campus, or nearby.

      2012, 1st year, English Literature

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    • The downside

      I find that the course fees for students who reside outside of the UK are very high.

      2012, 4th year, Ecosystem Ecology & Land Use

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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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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 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 85% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

91%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

150,835

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

92%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

100%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

60%

of students are female

Young / Mature

30%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

0%

of students here are from outside the UK

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