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    I am finishing my CS course at an ex-poly in a year.
    My problem is that I wanted to do maths and physics instead, so I had a look at the OU course but am worried that the uni's reputation won't help me do a masters at a reputable university later on.
    Is it really possible to do a masters at a RG university with an OU degree?
    If not should I do A-levels instead?
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    (Original post by Antonio Roldan)
    I am finishing my CS course at an ex-poly in a year.
    My problem is that I wanted to do maths and physics instead, so I had a look at the OU course but am worried that the uni's reputation won't help me do a masters at a reputable university later on.
    Is it really possible to do a masters at a RG university with an OU degree?
    If not should I do A-levels instead?
    What course are you doing at the ex poly? Is it a HE or FE qualification?
    HNC, HND, Degree?

    The OU is fine and respectable. It may be more difficult to get into the the very top unis as the competition will be fierce.

    Best bet is to read the entrance requirements on the unis you might want to go to and make informal enquiries.
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    (Original post by Antonio Roldan)
    I am finishing my CS course at an ex-poly in a year.
    My problem is that I wanted to do maths and physics instead, so I had a look at the OU course but am worried that the uni's reputation won't help me do a masters at a reputable university later on.
    Is it really possible to do a masters at a RG university with an OU degree?
    If not should I do A-levels instead?
    I worked with a lady who did her CS degree through the OU then got offered a masters at a couple of RG unis. The issue she had wasn't that she could not get in to the RG uni, but that she initially struggled as her OU degree did not prepare her for the demands of a masters degree at a bricks and mortar uni. That may have been down to the modules she chose though.

    So it's possible, just make sure you align what you do at undergrad closely to what you want to study postgrad, regardless of where you do it.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    What course are you doing at the ex poly? Is it a HE or FE qualification?
    HNC, HND, Degree?

    The OU is fine and respectable. It may be more difficult to get into the the very top unis as the competition will be fierce.

    Best bet is to read the entrance requirements on the unis you might want to go to and make informal enquiries.
    I am doing a BSc(Hons) in computer science I just wanna know if an OU degree in maths and physics (what I originally wanted to do) would be enough for a masters at a more reputable university or I should do A levels to do a BSc at such university
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    (Original post by Antonio Roldan)
    I am doing a BSc(Hons) in computer science I just wanna know if an OU degree in maths and physics (what I originally wanted to do) would be enough for a masters at a more reputable university or I should do A levels to do a BSc at such university
    The OU is well thought of and is more middle of the road to slightly higher. If your grade and application is enough you should be able to get onto a masters at a reputable uni. If you want to go to an elite then the competition heats up.

    If you are confident in A level ability to get into the uni you want from the start, then that might be my choice.

    The bigger difference for me is whether you want to distance learn to go to a brick uni. Am assuming you have all the finance sorted out.

    Doonesbury if you ask him nicely can give you more insight on the OU.
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    (Original post by Antonio Roldan)
    I am doing a BSc(Hons) in computer science I just wanna know if an OU degree in maths and physics (what I originally wanted to do) would be enough for a masters at a more reputable university or I should do A levels to do a BSc at such university
    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Doonesbury if you ask him nicely can give you more insight on the OU.
    You can certainly "progress" to a brick postgraduate course if you want. As to being more "reputable" read the rest of this thread. An OU degree is perfectly reputable.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    You can certainly "progress" to a brick postgraduate course if you want. As to being more "reputable" read the rest of this thread. An OU degree is perfectly reputable.
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    No examples of reputable are given, but I doubt there are many/ any unis where it wouldnt be considered, especially if the grades were there. I always thought they looked at OU with favour because of the different skills required to study that way. I thought the real question was method of study and whether A levels were a realistic option at the correct grades?
    Slightly too many unknowns for definitive advice.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Thanks. Wont let me rep.
    No examples of reputable are given, but I doubt there are many/ any unis where it wouldnt be considered, especially if the grades were there. I always thought they looked at OU with favour because of the different skills required to study that way. I thought the real question was method of study and whether A levels were a realistic option at the correct grades?
    Slightly too many unknowns for definitive advice.
    Oh sorry, I thought this was just a new question in a current thread elsewhere about a similar issue.

    I'll try to link to it later.

    But yes a 2:1+ in an OU course will be as acceptable as a 2:1+ from any UK university. There are folks doing MPhils at Cambridge with an OU undrgrad.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    No examples of reputable are given
    Found that other thread... different but similar.
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=5221348
    Why do people leave Open unis to go to Brick unis!!!

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