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    I have recently found out that I have failed my second year at Speech and Language Therapy. Whilst I was good at the academic side to the course, my grades in the practical placement side to things were a lot lower and I am now considering changing my path and choosing a different course to transfer to with the credits I have gained from the last two years of this course.

    After a few negative experiences on my course, I have lost most of my motivation for healthcare and I think I am heading more towards a more 'academic' course, e.g. biology or psychology which were the options I was considering after my A-Levels, before I decided on Speech and Language Therapy.

    I am not at all sure what I would like to do in the future in terms of job opportunities but I only say biology and psychology as these were the subjects I was best at at sixth form. The reason I didn't choose either of these initially was because of the apparent difficulties with finding a job with a psychology degree and I also wasn't keen on the job prospects with a biology degree (I really am not interested in lab work or research, etc.)

    I have very little work experience so I was considering OU so that I could look for a job at the same time and build up experience. I have also looked at the 'open degree', so that I can mix and match modules, considering I am unsure about which degree I definitely want to do. However, I am concerned that a degree from a traditionally respected uni may look better on my CV.

    My A-Level grades are: Biology - A, Psychology - A and Chemistry - C.

    Any help would be very greatly appreciated!!!
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    If you could be more specific in the advice you would like then we'll be able to help more.

    Going on what you did at your uni, I am guessing you like interacting with people; well, you could become a biology teacher. If not, perhaps you could become a biology tutor. If not, perhaps you could specialise in a couple of areas and give seminars. If not, perhaps you would rather become a science journalist? Or perhaps even an author?

    Going on your grades, you're going to be looking at anything in biology or psychology. If you're not interested in lab work, then there is literally no advantage in going to a red brick university that I consider sufficient. It's so expensive now, at 27k minimum, that I don't see how it would be worth it.

    You're interested in the Open Degree, but I think you might profit more from the Natural Sciences one; it looks better on a CV, I bet, and 2 of your 3 A Levels are in it anyway...I'm also not quite sure how thin you want to spread your degree - it really should have some direction, considering you want a career boost from it, and not just a hobby.


    As for the credit transfer, I don't know how much you will be able to transfer at all. Your best bet is to send them your transcript and ask them which modules would be covered. Perhaps you can even get a degree that is very similar to the one you studied at your previous uni.
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    (Original post by BestProfileName)

    You're interested in the Open Degree, but I think you might profit more from the Natural Sciences one; it looks better on a CV, I bet, and 2 of your 3 A Levels are in it anyway...I'm also not quite sure how thin you want to spread your degree - it really should have some direction, considering you want a career boost from it, and not just a hobby.


    As for the credit transfer, I don't know how much you will be able to transfer at all. Your best bet is to send them your transcript and ask them which modules would be covered. Perhaps you can even get a degree that is very similar to the one you studied at your previous uni.
    Thanks for your reply.

    I am hoping that the Health Sciences and Communication Certificate of Higher Education I have gained from first year will be enough for transfer as there are similar Health Science modules at the OU at level 1 from what I have seen, but, yeah, I will have to check.

    Do you happen to know any further detail about the Open Degree in comparison to the Natural Sciences one? I think I have narrowed it down to these to really. I was thinking of spreading the Open Degree between some science/biological modules with maybe one or two psychology modules mixed in but now I am not too sure...

    I also don't really know how it works from stage 2 and 3 (which is what I am hoping to transfer to). I don't know how many modules you are supposed to study at stage 2 and 3 respectively and whether it is possible to do both biology and psychology mixed together realistically in this way.

    It would be useful if I could look-up the modules at stages 2 and 3 on the OU website but I can't seem to find them :-/
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    The study layout of the Open degree is here: http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualif...int-study-plan. Scroll down and you can view it.

    So which modules can you choose? Well you can choose any modules, apparently. So what are the modules?
    http://www.open.ac.uk/courses
    If you click on that link, pick whichever subject you want, and then scroll to the bottom, you can see all of the modules in that subject.

    So with that you can plan your degree.

    I don't think you can do psychology modules if you do the Natural Sciences degree because it comes under social sciences. I highly doubt you can credit transfer your certificate to the NS degree because, as said, you didn't do it in NS.

    So the best option for you, assuming you want to go down that path, appears to be an Open degree. On the other hand, maybe you could just choose a social science degree instead, if you want it to be named.
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    Thanks for all your help! :-)
 
 
 
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