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    Hello everyone (and sorry for the long thread)!
    I am looking forword to start my Natural Sciences degree,and i have so many questions which are not clear on the Open University page,so here are some of my questions (sorry if they sound dumb,i have no previous Academic education) . :

    Can i study both part and full time ? If yes,how often can i change from lets say 30 modules per year ,to full time (120) ? Is it every year? Does anyone ask me in the begin of the year ,how many modules i want to study?

    What exactly is one module? . I will ask for goverment support for my cource,but they give different support in full time students ,than in part tme. Is it going to be "illegal" from the govs side that i change from full time study (they give more support to full time) to part time? How does the grade system works in OU. How often do i have to give "exams" (i know its not the right term) in the year? Is it going to be at home,or i have to go somewhere? On each "exam" do i get a grade,or is it just a pass/no pass?

    About the degree it self now. How does it work? I am interested in 2 subjects,but i am not sure how hard they are going to be,if i choose maths,but later i deside i don't want Physics or Astronom,can i stop doing math?. Am i going to study all the subjects toghether? In the end of the cource,the degree (in case i choose a subject) is it going to be the name of the subject "Degree in Biology" or is it going to be degree in Natural sciences?

    Sorry for the long thread,please answer to whatever you like,even one answer will be help. Thank you for your time !
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    Enrolment starts in September and January. Some modules only start once a year, Meaning you could start S104 (natural science 1st year module) in September which is worth 60credits... and only do that... Or you can then enrol on more modules in the January taking your total to over 60 credits. You cant just pick any modules, you need to look at your degree and then see what options there is. Natural Science has compulsory S104 and I think S141, with another module to be picked from a list of optional ones. Doing all three will mean year 1 of a potential 3 year degree complete, and hence means your studying full time. Anything below modules totalling 90 credits is part time.

    Year 1 modules generally just are considered Pass or No Pass, they do not count towards your final degree mark, only level 2 and 3 modules count. If you are studying full time, Level 2 is year 2 and level 3 year 3, but it can be split up over many years depending on module start dates.

    I believe all science degrees have the same modules for year 1, maths has different.

    My advice, speak to the Open Uni advisors on the phone and have a good look around the website.
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    Hi,

    No matter what you specialise in, it will be called Natural Sciences. A little annoying, no? Fine for admissions, but if you're chatting to people (Friends, colleagues, sith lords), you're going to have to constantly point out to them what you did.

    I'm doing maths and physics. You might wish to consider this, but it seems that you're not entirely sure if you will enjoy them - if so, I think the natural sciences degree is your best option. So for example, in the final year of maths and physics, you can choose 2 (From 4) physics modules and 2 (from 6 or 7) maths modules. Some flexibility, but if you decide along the way that you hate the physics and just want pure maths, you'd be forced to still do two physics modules in the final year.

    Don't email the OU - I have done it enough times. They take ages to reply (a week) and usually don't deal with your enquiry. Phone them or request a free call back (took a day for me).

    If you reply with some more specifics I might be able to help more - not sure.
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    I will go Natural Sciences this year with Open University! It will be my first year. We could contact each other and even study together!!
 
 
 
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