Access to HE course or straight to open uni STEM degree?

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timdr500
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Hi,

I am interested in learning a STEM subject. I have a talent for maths, and computer science interests me, but I want to keep my options open. I'm interested in the Open University Combined STEM degree, because it offers flexibility.

I didn't do A-Levels. I am currently looking at 2 options:
1. Doing an access to HE course before starting the degree in October.
2. Starting the degree in February, learning what I can between now and the start date.

Do you think it makes a significant difference if I have the Access course before the degree? From what I can see, I think I would manage the degree without the access course. But I could probably do higher level modules if I do the access course first. How much of a difference do you think this will make 1. To my success in studying 2. To my ability to get a job?
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The open university has no entry requirements - nothing. Also it is generally accepted you do the equivalent of the first year at the open university and many usual universities will admit you. It's not Computer Science but the Open Plus pathway is interesting:
http://www.open.ac.uk/choose/openplus/
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