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I’m thinking about studying online next year as I’m autistic and after being inside for a year due to covid I don’t think I’ll be able to adjust to going back to classes with other people. I’ve been looking at Open University but some of the degrees I’ve looked at aren’t accredited, how would this prevent me getting a job in the future? I’m unsure of what I want to do but I’m interested in Classical Studies, Arts and Humanities or an open degree
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Studying with the OU will make absolutely no difference.
'Traditional' universities have in the past sought to downplay organisations like the OU based on their dogma about "how university should be".
Go for it. The OU is a fantastic organisation, especially for postgraduates and research students, as there are no undergraduates on campus.
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Hello,

I’m thinking about studying online next year as I’m autistic and after being inside for a year due to covid I don’t think I’ll be able to adjust to going back to classes with other people. I’ve been looking at Open University but some of the degrees I’ve looked at aren’t accredited, how would this prevent me getting a job in the future? I’m unsure of what I want to do but I’m interested in Classical Studies, Arts and Humanities or an open degree
Accreditation comes with degrees that have professional bodies that govern professional qualifications, eg medical degrees, architecture, psychology engineering etc.

There's no accreditation involved in subjects like classical studies, or any arts or humanities degrees. If it's a degree programme, it's a degree, OU or brick uni.
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If you can't handle uni because of other people you might be in trouble at job interviews and dealing witn people in the workplace...

Not sure this is a good reason to select the OU over a trad university
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What do you mean by accredited? None of the subjects you’ve mentioned are subjects that qualify you for anything and these subjects don’t have a regulatory body, royal society etc. so there isn’t any external body to provide accreditation in them.
If you want to do a vocational degree, then you have to have an idea of what you want to do first. The more academic subjects you’ve mentioned give you an opportunity to explore your interests and give you an idea of what sort of job you want to do first before committing to a particular career.
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As above, accreditation is only important for degrees that lead to particular professions or vocations, which most general academic courses don't. They are just as employable as any other degree for jobs outside of those specific vocations without that though!
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Hello,

I’m thinking about studying online next year as I’m autistic and after being inside for a year due to covid I don’t think I’ll be able to adjust to going back to classes with other people. I’ve been looking at Open University but some of the degrees I’ve looked at aren’t accredited, how would this prevent me getting a job in the future? I’m unsure of what I want to do but I’m interested in Classical Studies, Arts and Humanities or an open degree
Go for it! I am autistic myself and study with the OU. The support is outstanding!
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Hello,

I’m thinking about studying online next year as I’m autistic and after being inside for a year due to covid I don’t think I’ll be able to adjust to going back to classes with other people. I’ve been looking at Open University but some of the degrees I’ve looked at aren’t accredited, how would this prevent me getting a job in the future? I’m unsure of what I want to do but I’m interested in Classical Studies, Arts and Humanities or an open degree
Ignore the negative messages.
Like others have said, accreditations are only for certain degrees anyway.
I chose the OU due to extreme social anxiety and over the 6 years (I chose to study part-time) I have got a lot more confident in social situations.
But without the OU I wouldn't have been able to get a degree.
Plus, I'm very set in my ways and the OU basically lets you get on with it, however you best deal with things. Which is invaluable sometimes!
That being said, being left to your own devices also has it's downsides.
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