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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