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    Well hello everyone!
    I've recently decided that I'm going to give the OU a try, after being out of education for a few years after I dropped out of York uni.

    I completed my first year there successfully in a similar subject to the one I'm planning to try with the OU (I haven't 100% made up my mind what I'll be doing at OU yet, maybe the same as I did in York, which was philosophy, or maybe humanities with a philosophy specialism, or maybe religious studies, or maybe just humanities by itself). So from what I've read on the OU website I can contect York uni, ask for the syllabus and my academic transcript, and I should get 120 credits towards an OU degree, without any marks going towards the final degree score. Am I correct so far?

    I'm not so clear on some aspects of this process; for these degrees there are compulsary level one 60 credit modules, and it says that you cannot graduate without completing these. If I transferred credits from york, would I still have to do these level one modules or could i just do my level 2 and 3 modules and get stuck straight in? I'd much prefer to get straight in to the meat of a degree, I already did A Levels in these subjects, did more than 2/3 of a degree, and have been reading around these subjects since I left purely because they interest me, so I'm concerned that i would get really bored with level 1 modules, even if they would help to ease me back in to degree level essay writing. So that's a long winded way of asking question 1; are the level 1 modules still compulsory after this kind of credit transfer?

    Questions 2 and 3 - From what I can tell, you have to have already signed up witht he OU to kick off the credit transfer process, and signing up seems to necessarily involve choosing your first module. Can I not see about the credit transfer before choosing what I want to study first? And even if the level one module is still compulsory, do you have to do them in order of difficulty? So coud I start at level 2, and then if it becomes apparent that I have to do the level one thing, could I do that the year after?

    Last question - the deadline for registration is the 22nd I think. So does that mean that i can leave my decision about whether I want to enrol until that date, or does it all have to be done and dusted by then? How long does the process take?

    Thanks so much if anyone has taken the time to read this! Grateful for any help, even if it's just a phone number of a person at the OU can talk me through this stuff.
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    (Original post by Sophia86)
    I completed my first year there successfully in a similar subject to the one I'm planning to try with the OU (I haven't 100% made up my mind what I'll be doing at OU yet, maybe the same as I did in York, which was philosophy, or maybe humanities with a philosophy specialism, or maybe religious studies, or maybe just humanities by itself). So from what I've read on the OU website I can contect York uni, ask for the syllabus and my academic transcript, and I should get 120 credits towards an OU degree, without any marks going towards the final degree score. Am I correct so far?
    Yes

    (Original post by Sophia86)
    I'm not so clear on some aspects of this process; for these degrees there are compulsary level one 60 credit modules, and it says that you cannot graduate without completing these. If I transferred credits from york, would I still have to do these level one modules or could i just do my level 2 and 3 modules and get stuck straight in? I'd much prefer to get straight in to the meat of a degree, I already did A Levels in these subjects, did more than 2/3 of a degree, and have been reading around these subjects since I left purely because they interest me, so I'm concerned that i would get really bored with level 1 modules, even if they would help to ease me back in to degree level essay writing. So that's a long winded way of asking question 1; are the level 1 modules still compulsory after this kind of credit transfer?
    There are two types of credit transfer. 'Full Rate' Credit Transfer means you are exempt from a given quantity of 'free choice' elements in a named degree or simply of credits toward an Open Degre.

    'Course Related Credit' is occasionally granted and this exempts you from compulsory elements of named degrees. This is only granted if, in the opinion of the assessors, there are substantially similar learning outcomes between your previous study and the compulsory modules from which you are seeking exemption.

    (Original post by Sophia86)
    Questions 2 and 3 - From what I can tell, you have to have already signed up witht he OU to kick off the credit transfer process, and signing up seems to necessarily involve choosing your first module. Can I not see about the credit transfer before choosing what I want to study first? And even if the level one module is still compulsory, do you have to do them in order of difficulty? So coud I start at level 2, and then if it becomes apparent that I have to do the level one thing, could I do that the year after?
    Q2 - No, because the assessors need to know what to compare your previous study to if you are applying for credit transfer that exempts you from any given modules.

    If you decide to study an 'open' degree you need not identify the qualification first and can register before applying for credit transfer.

    Q3 - you do not have to complete modules in any particular order if you don't want. However, in most instances, it is recommended that you follow the logical sequencing set out by the Open University.

    (Original post by Sophia86)
    Last question - the deadline for registration is the 22nd I think. So does that mean that i can leave my decision about whether I want to enrol until that date, or does it all have to be done and dusted by then? How long does the process take?
    If you are paying for the modules yourself, you will need to have registered (and paid) for your course by that date.

    If you were hoping to get a Course Grant, you should contact the OU immediately to discuss your options.
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    Thanks very much for that. I've already kicked off the credit transfer process by speaking to people from my old uni, some stuff is in the post and other stuff is being processed somewhere else. Hope the post doesn't take too long, not too hopeful because the building I live in (about 15 flats) hasn't had any post at all for days.

    So what I should do I is get started with a level 2 module I think, in the hope that they approve the credit transfer and decide that I don't have to do the level 1 stuff. Pretty sure I can handle level 2, I did get two thirds of the way through my third year at uni. Granted I didn't graduate but y'know.


    One more question, do you have to tell the OU which degree you intend to come out with at the end? Like do I have to decide whether I'm doing humanities or philosophy or humanities with a philosophy specialism? Cos I want to start with a philosophy module and see if the old feelings of loathing creep back, then if they do i'll mix it up in the future and just do 'humanities'. But if they assess the relevence of your credit transfer I suppose they need to know which degree you're aiming for.

    I think I'm going to call them tomorrow and offload all of my questions to someone whose job it is to answer them, not nice forum people!
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    (Original post by krishanchauhan)
    Hi,

    I'm in a similar position. I'm at UEL studying for an LLB but wish to transfer to Birkbeck, UoL.
    I've been offered a place at Birkbeck before but turned it down because of accommodation issues.

    Basically, Birkbeck want 120 credits for the first year at another university in order to study at their college for second year. I'm doing 6 modules at UEL (each worth 20 credits) and Birkbeck are doing 4 modules in their first year (each worth 30 credits). 4 of my modules are the ones being studied at Birkbeck but, of course, they're worth less credits (10 on each module). However, I've made up for these in my two extra modules.

    What do you think I should do?
    Would it be worth continuing at UEL now and use it to get into Birkbeck and then do my whole three years there?

    Thanks
    Not sure about this I'm afraid. You might be better off posting this in your universities forum?
 
 
 
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