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I am considering applying to univeristy as a mature student next year 2005, but I hear although no formal qualifications are required, they like to see some. I was wondering if a 30 point course with the open university is accepted as a qualification suitable for entry into a mainstream univerisity?

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30 point is that modern points? Or old system? Lot of universities ask for the same amount of points wether you're mature or not. I have seen some courses that ask for more to make up for the fact some people may be out of the studying routine.
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30 point is that modern points? Or old system? Lot of universities ask for the same amount of points wether you're mature or not. I have seen some courses that ask for more to make up for the fact some people may be out of the studying routine.
The OP's writing about Open University module points, nothing to do with the points unis use to give offers.
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The OP's writing about Open University module points, nothing to do with the points unis use to give offers.
Argh right, I have no idea how much they are worth.
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Well it shows some study and it shows you can work independantly.

I think the best option seems to be Access courses. They are specifically designed for people in your situation. Also it depends on what and where you want to study. Many access courses have a link between the college and at least one university so if you pass your access course yu are guarunteed a place at that uni.

On the other hand the OU credits may count towards your actual degree, so you would be starting Uni with some credit.

It's probably best to talk to the uni's where you want to study.
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I have seen some courses that ask for more to make up for the fact some people may be out of the studying routine.
Don't say things like that without giving examples...especially since it is generally not the case.

As a mature student you will generally not be expected to have 3 A levels. Most universities will accept what they call "evidence of recent study" and a good work history. More importance is placed upon your work experiences - for example, a legal secretary of a few years experience and one or two A levels taken whilst working full time will stand a good chance of a place on a law degree at a good university.

A lot of it depends on the university and the course: especially the course, in fact since you will be competing for places against traditional school leavers. You don't have to take A levels - look at access courses or foundation degrees. The UCAS site has more information on that - www.ucas.com - and a quick search for "mature student" on websites of universities you are interested in will give you specific details.

http://www.ucas.com/getting/before/what.html#5

http://www.undergraduate.bham.ac.uk/mature.htm

http://www.man.ac.uk/study/mature/

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...ts/index.shtml

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/prospect...g/mature.phtml

http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/mature/

And so on and so forth. There is a LOT of information out there, direct from universities, and I would look at that before asking other people. There's a lot of *misinformation*!
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But there is a big difference between a 30 year old mature student with lots of relevent work experience than a 21 year who has worked in tesco for year who has got like EEE at A level and trying to apply for a ABB course.

The example was Software Engineering at Salford, they want A level maths if you're over 21 bur not if you're under 21.
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The example was Software Engineering at Salford, they want A level maths if you're over 21 bur not if you're under 21.
That's not what Salford's profile for the course says http://www.salford.ac.uk/course-finder/course/1278 - is it wrong?
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That's not what Salford's profile for the course says http://www.salford.ac.uk/course-finder/course/1278 - is it wrong?
It was one of the courses at Salford.
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I am considering applying to univeristy as a mature student next year 2005, but I hear although no formal qualifications are required, they like to see some. I was wondering if a 30 point course with the open university is accepted as a qualification suitable for entry into a mainstream univerisity?

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I think it would depend on the OU course chosen - some are more like hobbies but one which was close to your intended course of study shows that you have the initiative and the application as well as the talent to make a go of uni. The OU has a good reputation in some areas in any event. I hope it all goes well for you.
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As for OU credits, they are CATS points and transferable. Undergraduate year at most universities contains 120 points, so a 30 point course is 25% of that. Depending on the course and university you apply to, along with how many CATS points you have from which subjects, you could go into 2nd year.

It's best to approach admissions tutors/offices at universities since they actually do know what is going on and will be able to advise you fully on what they will and will not accept.

Good luck!
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I am considering applying to univeristy as a mature student next year 2005, but I hear although no formal qualifications are required, they like to see some. I was wondering if a 30 point course with the open university is accepted as a qualification suitable for entry into a mainstream univerisity?

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30 points may get you onto a foundation year, but not sure about a full course - it depends on how ld you ar ein part. If you're under 35 I would consider A-levels in a year. If you're older then you may get away with a 30 point OU course. On the whole I thought Unis liked 120 points from OU courses, although I could be wrong.

Your best bet is to contact the unis you like the look of with your cv etc and ask then what you need to do to be considered.

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try NEc courses
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