Business Management Degree at The Open University (OU)

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Adina Campbell
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Hi everyone. I’ve signed up to do a BA (Honours) Business Management degree with The Open University starting from February. I am hoping to go down the Marketing pathway.

I've enrolled my first 60 credits into B100: An introduction to business and management and I intend to complete it within 4 years. Still waiting for my student loan to be approved but shouldn't be a problem. Looking forward to getting started.

I want to know if anyone else is doing this degree or Business Management in general. If so, do you have any study tips and would like to know any reviews of the course.

Bit of background information: I’m 20, work full time in Digital Marketing with 2 years’ experience. I have previously done an apprenticeship. I would like to expand my knowledge within the Business and Marketing industry. Also, I know that many employers want you to have a degree in management and marketing. So, this is why I’ve decided to start my University journey. Better later than never!
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Hi Adina,I too begin this degree in February and have too enrolled on the B100 as my first module. My student finance was approved and have today received the email confirming so.I look forward to starting now, although unlike you I am an oldie and haven't studied in quite some time - so a little worried about assignments and such. But I am sure that once I have completed a couple I will soon be in the swing of it.Wishing you the best of luck and hope to be able to offer each other some support throughout.
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That's great! I hope that you enjoy this module, will you be studying part-time for this degree? It's okay if you haven't studied in a while, I'm sure that you could do an access module if you have the time, to ease yourself back into studying. Yes, if you ever need any help with anything, I would be glad to offer any support.
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Hiya Adina,I also work full time, as a project controls specialist , previously project management (this was an apprenticeship). Im doing B100 as part of the open qualification. I dont intend to choose an avenue to specialize in i just would like a degree to progress parallel to those who are already at university (hopefully giving me an edge that i have both experience and a degree at the end - heres hoping). I keep checking to see if there is any study materials i can start looking at as the first two TMA's are very close together. Have you found anything?
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(Original post by GabriellaB97_)
Hiya Adina,I also work full time, as a project controls specialist , previously project management (this was an apprenticeship). Im doing B100 as part of the open qualification. I dont intend to choose an avenue to specialize in i just would like a degree to progress parallel to those who are already at university (hopefully giving me an edge that i have both experience and a degree at the end - heres hoping). I keep checking to see if there is any study materials i can start looking at as the first two TMA's are very close together. Have you found anything?
You can have a look at this course which is an extract from B100. Because it's an extract, parts of the course material may be omitted so you can't just rely on this when preparing your TMA, and you'll still need to read through the text book. But it will give you an idea of what you'll be learning.

I would also recommend one of these books. It won't be directly the material you need, but it will show you how to write good essays or similar. Many are free on Kindle - if you don't have a Kindle, you can download free reading software from Amazon.
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Im currently debating between a Business Management Degree or an Open Degree (Business and Management, Sports, Fitness and Coaching)

Is a named degree that much more important?

Whichever one I decide to do I will be studying B100 in February at the same time as you guys (:

I'm 19 by the way
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Hi there I am also starting the degree in February but wondering if someone can help in how to apply for student finance for the open university?
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Hi there I am also starting the degree in February but wondering if someone can help in how to apply for student finance for the open university?
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Hi there I am also starting the degree in February but wondering if someone can help in how to apply for student finance for the open university?
Hi Aussie4, I'm about to apply so when im done i can give you a hand
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That would be great thank you. I am looking at the course fees and wondering if you can help. Some of the modules for 30 credits cost £699, and others £1432 for 30 credits. Is there a reason for this? if so does the fee even out in the end or is that the set cost, and there is a cheaper option for completing the degree?
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That would be great thank you. I am looking at the course fees and wondering if you can help. Some of the modules for 30 credits cost £699, and others £1432 for 30 credits. Is there a reason for this? if so does the fee even out in the end or is that the set cost, and there is a cheaper option for completing the degree?
I think it completely depends on the module and how far into the course this is. I would probably speak to an agent for Open University as they will understand this much more than us "students" haha.
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Thank you for your reply
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(Original post by GabriellaB97_)
Hiya Adina,I also work full time, as a project controls specialist , previously project management (this was an apprenticeship). Im doing B100 as part of the open qualification. I dont intend to choose an avenue to specialize in i just would like a degree to progress parallel to those who are already at university (hopefully giving me an edge that i have both experience and a degree at the end - heres hoping). I keep checking to see if there is any study materials i can start looking at as the first two TMA's are very close together. Have you found anything?

Hi Gabriella, that sounds good! I hope that your open qualification goes well for you! I haven’t found any study materials yet, but I will have a look around for some! How do you know that the first two TMA’s are close together?
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Im currently debating between a Business Management Degree or an Open Degree (Business and Management, Sports, Fitness and Coaching)

Is a named degree that much more important?

Whichever one I decide to do I will be studying B100 in February at the same time as you guys (:

I'm 19 by the way

I think that you should go for whatever you think is best for you! If you want to broaden your horizons, I’m sure many employers will like that too. That’s good, if you need any help during the course, you can always message me.
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That would be great thank you. I am looking at the course fees and wondering if you can help. Some of the modules for 30 credits cost £699, and others £1432 for 30 credits. Is there a reason for this? if so does the fee even out in the end or is that the set cost, and there is a cheaper option for completing the degree?
Agreed with Laura, i think you should live chat with an advisor from the OU to see which is best to do before starting anything.
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HI all,
so glad I found this thread, I also have just signed up for the B100 module. I plan to finish the course in 4 years, only doing one module this year to see how intense the course is. I work full time in a secondary school and run a tutoring centre. Hoping this course will give me a better insight into business and lead me into a career of teaching.
Wondering if it is better to specialise or do a little of everything?
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HI all,
so glad I found this thread, I also have just signed up for the B100 module. I plan to finish the course in 4 years, only doing one module this year to see how intense the course is. I work full time in a secondary school and run a tutoring centre. Hoping this course will give me a better insight into business and lead me into a career of teaching.
Wondering if it is better to specialise or do a little of everything?
Hi I think that what you're doing sounds good! However, you should speak to an advisor from the OU via live chat or phone to see what they think is the best option for yourself!

I am also only doing one module to test it out and because i am working full time also.
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Hi! I'm also enrolled to start B100 in Feb. I'm planning on doing the general Business and Management BA Hons in 6 years, as I work full time.So glad I've found other people who are also studying - has anyone found any good pre-reading?
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Hi! I'm also enrolled to start B100 in Feb. I'm planning on doing the general Business and Management BA Hons in 6 years, as I work full time.So glad I've found other people who are also studying - has anyone found any good pre-reading?
Hi! Sounds great! I hope it is good for you! I work full time also, however hoping to complete it within 4 years. I haven't found any good pre-reading as some people have said it's best to wait for the B100 books to arrive.
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Has anyone else got their books and has used the welcome forum!
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