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    Hi everyone,

    I've been accepted at my firm choice Uni so this is really only a question out of curiosity, with no real importance (for me anyway - it might help others, I dunno).

    I saw info about the Open University, how it lets you work towards, and achieve, a diploma like a "normal" uni, but with less cost and more flexible hours.

    So, I was wondering - why do people generally opt for a "normal" uni rather than the Open University? Are there hideous disadvantages to the Open University that I don't know about?

    Likewise, if anyone is registering with the Open University, I'd be interested to know why they opted for that rather than a "normal" uni.


    University is about more than just the degree you get. You don't exactly get a freshers week with the OU
    My mum's currently doing a degree with the OU, and says the work is much harder than her last degree from a "normal" uni incidentally.

    I was doing a degree with the OU until last year, but although I think I could have scraped through and gotten a degree, it was quite stressful to do it while also working and having other things going on in my life and I just wasn't disciplined enough to give myself any chance of getting a decent grade in the end. So, I switched to a full time degree instead. The OU courses are very well designed and the course materials and tutors have all been excellent in my experience.
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