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Thinking of dropping out of uni?

If so, you're not alone. Every year thousands of UK students pack in uni for a whole host of reasons, including worries about debt or homesickness.

But who says you need to leave home and get into debt to get a good degree? Why not join the thousands of switched on students like Charlotte Webdale, 23, who are choosing to do things the OU way.

Fit learning round your life

Charlotte had never considered going to uni because she didn't want to get in tons of debt. She started studying for a Psychology degree at her local college instead, and it was only when her tutor suggested that she turn it into a full degree through the OU that she began to realise that there might be an alternative.

"Luckily I was able to count my previous study towards my OU degree. It was very quick and easy."

More support than anywhere else

"There's so much help available, which is brilliant because when you start home study you don't know if you're going to be able to handle it. My tutor was fantastic; I was in regular contact with her by phone and email. The chat rooms and online community were also really helpful. I never felt that I was on my own."

Top qualifications

As Charlotte quickly discovered, OU degrees are of a very high academic standard and can make a surprisingly big impression with employers.

"Employers know that you've had to manage your own time and juggle other commitments to fit your study in. It shows real discipline and organization.

I wouldn't be training to be a paramedic now without my OU degree and I’m going to be studying at the OU again which is great!"

Earning and learning

The Open University's open learning method of study is perfect if you want to get your career started at the same time as getting a degree.

"Before starting my OU degree I worked part time at a local adventure park. It was important to me to find a uni course that would let me carry on working at the same time and the OU did. It's a brilliant alternative."

Find out more

If you're unhappy at your current uni and would like to find out more about the fantastic alternatives offered by the OU, give us a call today on 0845 366 6054. Quote code: XAJZAA

Or visit www.openuniversity.co.uk.

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