Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    6
    ReputationRep:
    Hello, first time poster on here!

    I'm currently employed full time as a civil servant, but I'm looking into the idea of attending Open University and doing a degree whilst maintaining my employment. The long term aim being to move into a specialist field of work as I'm not at all being challenged currently.

    My first question is in regards to ucas points; I've perused the OU website, and it states I don't need any qualifications to undertake the studies in various subjects, even such as BsC Hons in Health Studies. Is this correct, or do I in fact need something such as an A in biology etc?

    My second question is whether there is any option of a bursary/student finance type options whilst attending Open University, or is it based on being in employment = you're on your own?

    Many Thanks.
    • Community Assistant
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by InvictusXI)
    Hello, first time poster on here!

    I'm currently employed full time as a civil servant, but I'm looking into the idea of attending Open University and doing a degree whilst maintaining my employment. The long term aim being to move into a specialist field of work as I'm not at all being challenged currently.

    My first question is in regards to ucas points; I've perused the OU website, and it states I don't need any qualifications to undertake the studies in various subjects, even such as BsC Hons in Health Studies. Is this correct, or do I in fact need something such as an A in biology etc?

    My second question is whether there is any option of a bursary/student finance type options whilst attending Open University, or is it based on being in employment = you're on your own?

    Many Thanks.
    It is true that there are no entry requirements. All OU degrees assume no prior knowledge, you do not need UCAS points or A levels.

    No, not yet. There was talk last year of maintenance loans being made available to part-time students. This idea was recently put out for consultation (see here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/par...nt%20FINAL.pdf), we just have to wait and see if it goes ahead.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I'm a civil servant too and in my last year of my OU degree. My department paid half of my fees so it might be worth having a chat with your line manager or training department to see if they will offer a contribution towards the cost. The only draw back is that in my area I was told that I would need to repay the money if I left within a year of the course finishing. I've got around this by paying for the final year myself though. Hope this helps.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    What newspaper do you read/prefer?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.