Have you started full-time at university and are wondering if it was the right choice for you?

If you've decided that full-time university isn't for you, The Open University might be able to help. Statistics show that around one in five students pack in uni for a whole host of reasons including debt worries, disillusionment with uni life or homesickness. But who says you have to give up on your degree, just because full-time uni isn't for you? Did you know that your previous study could count towards a degree with The Open University?

Find out more about the Open University

If you're unhappy at your current uni and would like to find out more about the alternatives offered by The Open University click to download a prospectus or you can speak to one of their friendly and helpful advisers on 0845 366 6054 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm or Saturdays 9am to 5pm UK time.

The Open University – a world apart from any other way of learning

They've inspired over two million minds, and right now they're helping a community of 210,000 students achieve their personal and professional goals, 32,000 of whom are under the age of 24.

As the UK's largest university, their range of courses is something that most other universities can only dream of. With over 300 qualifications made up of undergraduate certificates, diplomas, foundation degrees, honours degrees, and postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees you can quite literally study almost anything you like.

They've taken distance learning to a whole new level by delivering innovative learning materials through downloads, podcasts and DVDS - so you can study in a flexible way that works for you, whether you stay at home, are at work or are on the move.

Open University qualifications are great for your career. Employers really like people who can think for themselves. By getting an OU qualification you'll not only be showing how motivated you are, but how you can manage your time too.

FACT: An OU qualification is highly regarded by employers. 75% of the FTSE top 100 companies are sponsoring, or have sponsored their staff on OU courses and qualifications.

Don't give up on getting a degree

Open University qualifications are made up a number of credit points, for example you'll need 120 for a foundation degree or 360 for an honours degree.

If you have successfully completed some study at higher education level elsewhere, you could transfer credit gained and count it towards an OU qualification meaning that you can reduce the number of points you need from OU study to achieve your qualification in less time.

"Switching to The Open University was the best decision I've ever made.

The Open University gives people like myself who are unhappy at another university, or those who simply cannot attend one, the opportunity to gain the degree they want and the possibility of bringing any credit they've earned with them.

The transfer process was very easy. I requested the forms, filled them in, rang my university to send me a stamped/signed copy of my student transcript and then sent it all off.

There is a huge amount of support from the course tutors, other students and staff. I wish that I had just started here originally."

Nicola Reid, switched to a BSc (Hons) at the OU

More support than anywhere else

Their unique, world-leading study approach is called supported 'Open Learning' which uses a blend of innovative course materials and top-class teaching methods to provide an exceptional learning experience.

You'll be part of a study group supported by your tutor with one to one support only a phone call or email away so you’ll never feel isolated.

FACT: Many OU students receive more individual tutor support than students at campus-based universities.

FACT: The Open University is ranked top UK university for overall student satisfaction*. 94% of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of our courses, which is higher than any other UK university.

  • According to the National Student Survey 2009 and The Times
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