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    I'm starting a part time open university degree in English literature and creative writing. I'm just wondering if any universities will accept 120 open university credits for me to be able to study undergraduate journalism degreee? As I don't have A levels and have heard that some universities will accept you with open uni credits? Just need a bit of advice as I would really prefer to go to a brick university.
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    You mean using OU credits as an A level alternative and starting a Journalism degree from the first year? Yes, most universities will let you do that - but you should contact individual universities and check to make sure. Some universities may only require 60 credits, so it is worth getting in touch with them.

    You should be aware that for every academic year you study with the OU, you will lose a year's student loan entitlement. As long as you only study with the OU for one year then this shouldn't matter too much, you will only lose your gift year, and most people never use this.
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    Hi i spoke to student finance england and asked if doing a year of ou course would affect applying for 4 year student loan to attend brick uni and they said no .can you qualify your answer that it will affect student loan? Also what is the gift year you refer to?

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    You mean using OU credits as an A level alternative and starting a Journalism degree from the first year? Yes, most universities will let you do that - but you should contact individual universities and check to make sure. Some universities may only require 60 credits, so it is worth getting in touch with them.

    You should be aware that for every academic year you study with the OU, you will lose a year's student loan entitlement. As long as you only study with the OU for one year then this shouldn't matter too much, you will only lose your gift year, and most people never use this.
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    I did 60 credits with OU and then went on to a brick uni. A gift year is an extra year you get given by student finance in case you fail a year so you are entitled to four years student finance. However, because my 60 credits didn't get me any type of qualification it didn't apply and wasn't counted as the gift year.

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    What is a gift year?
    The number of years of SFE entitlement is calculated as follows: length of new course - length of course previously studied + 1

    The "+1" is the "gift year" and means someone can do a year at a course, change their mind or fail the year or whatever, and then start a new course but still receive full funding.

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    I did 2 years part time with ou, got 90 credits overall, I got into a brick university and I get my loans paid in full. Part time study has no effect on full time study even if you do 120 in one year.
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    (Original post by Marsipan)
    Hi i spoke to student finance england and asked if doing a year of ou course would affect applying for 4 year student loan to attend brick uni and they said no .can you qualify your answer that it will affect student loan? Also what is the gift year you refer to?
    See jneill's post. The people who answer SFE's phonelines are total morons, they told me the same thing... it turned out to be wrong. :lol:

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    I did 2 years part time with ou, got 90 credits overall, I got into a brick university and I get my loans paid in full. Part time study has no effect on full time study even if you do 120 in one year.
    I'm afraid this is not true. You probably got funding because you didn't receive a qualification. If the OP does 120 credits and claims a CertHE then he will lose one or more years of student finance entitlement, depending on how long he took to complete the CertHE.

    The OP could register on a Bachelor's degree, only complete 120 credits and not receive a qualification... that might prevent him from losing any student loan entitlement. However, Student Finance are a law unto themselves, to be safe I think the OP should only study with the OU for one year.
 
 
 
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