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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
 
 
 
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