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    I'm just wondering if anyone works full time and studies full time with OU? I'm torn between a local university or OU, starting in September. A local university offers placements and opportunities which will help with my career but it means quitting my 8:30-5pm Mon-Fri job and trying to find something part time with a reasonable wage.

    Is it manageable to work full time and study full time with OU? If not, would it be manageable if say I worked 4 days a week instead of 5? I want to smash this degree in 3 years so studying part time isn't an option (it's taken me 3 years to decide what career I want so I'm already 3 years behind my friends...).

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    If you study full time at a brick uni, you're entitled to a maintenance loan, subject to the usual criteria. Unfortuantely, no matter how many credits you study with OU, you're only enttiled to the tuition fee loan.

    I'm now in my final month of OU study and I've spent my final year both studying and working full time.

    I guess the answer is that it depends on what sort of person you are and what you're hoping to get out of your degree. It's not impossible to work full time and study full time with the OU, but it is very difficult to do it and have a life outside of work/study.

    Also, I've found the amount of work varies massively even on courses of the same level. One of my final year courses has tonnes of reading and therefore takes up a lot of time, whereas the other one has much less reading and is therefore much easier to manage. As such, how manageable it is will very much depend on the courses you take.

    All in all, I would't recommend studying and working full time as an option because I think you miss out on a lot of what getting the degree is about. I've found OU study really enjoyable, but I don't have the time to read around the subject or pursue areas of it that are outside the scope of what's being assessed because I simply don't have time!

    So, in answer to your question, no it's not impossible but if you can afford to give it more of your time I definitely would!
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