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    I'm not asking for myself or anyone, just wondering.

    I wish that I just went straight to the OU as soon as I could rather than do college (though I have great memories of that) and a year of sixth form and a few years of work.

    I'm guessing you have to be 18+ though to do the OU? Is it technically possible for school leaver to go straight into a degree with the OU?

    Or do you think it is best to do other qualifications before even attempting a degree (unless you're a child genius)?

    I do feel college prepared me a little for university.

    It's possible to study at the OU when under 18 or even 16. They have a document which lays out the various study paths here. Such potential students would mostly want to read the sections from 4.4 on.

    I can't say what's right for someone else. I certainly wouldn't have been self-disciplined enough for Open University study at that age ... Then again, I wasn't self-disciplined enough for traditional university study at 17, either. I would say that someone should be very, very careful when considering it. The Open University carries with it a financial consequence that (in my opinion) shouldn't be placed on the shoulders of a non-adult.

    As it's not something you're actively interested in pursuing, I'll lay off further admonishments of consideration.
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