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Hi,
Im thinking about taking up a BSc open degree in Engineering/Technology. I was wondering if there is anyone who has done similar and what they thought of it. Also what do employers think of this qualification? Thanks.

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...hways/qd-1.htm


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Broadly speaking, employers are generally very positive about OU study because of the self-reliance it demonstrates (and the fact that you can build your CV by working while you study). What would you like to do once you graduate? Is it worth considering a named Engineering degree rather than an Open degree? As I understand it, if you do the BEng then "on graduation you should be eligible to apply (via an appropriate engineering institution) to the Engineering Council for registration as Incorporated Engineer" whereas I'm not sure where you'd stand with that if you did an Open Degree.
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I am already in employment and my employer is footing the cost. It is just when I mentioned the open degree he pulled his face and said it was not worth as much as a BEng.
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Well, a degree's worth is often related to what you actually want to do with it. In lots of contexts the subject someone's graduated in doesn't matter at all (e.g. a huge percentage of graduate jobs are for graduates in any discipline), but then in other contexts it will be really significant (e.g. a degree in, say, Law, is really valuable and well-respected generally, but not so useful if you're trying to be, say, an architect. And so on,)

What is it about the Open Degree that attracts you over the BEng? I'm in no way knocking the Open Degree (hell, I'm doing one) but if you actually want to study Engineering I just wonder why you'd prefer to do that than the BEng?
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The OU does a BEng and according to their new prospectus, they also do a MEng (undergraduate degree plus a master's) - if you want to study engineering why would you want to do an Open degree? The OU website should be updated in a month or two with details of new courses and modules, you might want to wait and see the changes before you commit to an Open degree.
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