Sometimes, prospective Open University students wonder about whether to study on campus at a brick university instead. The outcome of their considerations is clear: students choose The Open University for its flexibility.
That flexibility comes in many forms.
Students regularly cite the flexibility to ‘earn while they learn’ as a main reason for choosing us:
[At The Open University] I could work and support myself at the same time as doing my course, otherwise it would be a brick university and I couldn’t do that.Kathryn Southard, BA Hons in Childhood and Youth Studies
The flexible nature of our studies means they fit around family commitments, too:
There’s no other way I could’ve done this other than the OU. I needed to stay in work. I couldn’t reduce my hours, and being a mum means that I can’t always study within the hours of a brick uni. The flexibility that the OU offers is… amazing for me. I don’t feel swamped by the feeling, ‘Oh it’s Tuesday and I have to be in a lecture by 9am.Toni Barber-Scurr, BA (Honours) Social Work
You can fit it around home life, family life and work and it’s much more flexible than conventional unis.Clare Moggeridge, BA Hons Social Work
Then there’s the support we offer compared to other universities: from tutor support to your peers in your global classroom, your studies with us may turn out to be more sociable than you might think.
At [my brick university] I felt very much on my own – I didn’t with The Open University.Greg Bensberg MBE, MBA graduate
Clearly, the effort and commitment required to juggle existing commitments with Open University studies are appreciated by employers. Learn what they think of us at what industry says.
An OU qualification holds much more value than a degree from a brick uni because you’ve got to prove yourself more. The marking criteria are higher, there are more essays and exams to do and you get critiqued at workshops and in tutorials.Toni Barber-Scurr, BA (Honours) Social Work
I am often asked if I would get a better experience and support from my local university. My response is always no. Firstly it wouldn’t fit into my working and family life, and secondly I cannot imagine tutors or support could be better anywhere else.Charlotte Francis, Access Y176 student