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Found 27th May
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If labour get in we can do any course for free

Cold because you didn't list them all

striker33

People need to wake up and realise that degrees mean literally nothing. … People need to wake up and realise that degrees mean literally nothing. Our society is brainwashed from a young age into thinking that a degree or higher education guarantees better jobs or a better lifestyle, and it's awful. Yes certain areas require knowledge and experience, but for the most part if you know what you want to do, you can do it. The wealth of information and free open source courses available online is enough to make a start in most jobs, as long as you put the effort in and have something to show for it. Sadly most people think the hard part is the learning and that completing it automatically gives them a pass when it comes to actually getting a job. A piece of paper with your name and a grade on means nothing.



It is however, the pre-requisite for an interview for most decent jobs.

People need to wake up and realise that degrees mean literally nothing. Our society is brainwashed from a young age into thinking that a degree or higher education guarantees better jobs or a better lifestyle, and it's awful.

Yes certain areas require knowledge and experience, but for the most part if you know what you want to do, you can do it. The wealth of information and free open source courses available online is enough to make a start in most jobs, as long as you put the effort in and have something to show for it.

Sadly most people think the hard part is the learning and that completing it automatically gives them a pass when it comes to actually getting a job. A piece of paper with your name and a grade on means nothing.
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Cold because you didn't list them all

would this get you a unidays pass

Thanks

I'm nearly finished with 6 years of part time studying for a BBC with the Open University, and this is news to me!

Should keep me busy if I want to keep studying afterward!

Brilliant service by ou

I always fancied doing an OU degree, and would have, had they not followed all the other Universities in ramping up their fees a few years back. It kind of went against part of their ethos for me, in the sense of making degree level education open to all. Doubling your module fees is a bit of a contradiction to my mind.

I used to like watching the odd programme at weekends on BBC2, whether it was Maths, Chemistry, History, etc. Shame they're not there any more.

Reisclef

I'm nearly finished with 6 years of part time studying for a BBC with the … I'm nearly finished with 6 years of part time studying for a BBC with the Open University, and this is news to me! Should keep me busy if I want to keep studying afterward!



​Congrats... Did my BA through them part time... was so glad to finish! the thing I hate is the pass mark is so much higher than a traditional uni.

wouldn't mind but having done both I believe that OU assess you a lot more too...

srp111

would this get you a unidays pass



​ Well Open University is on their drop down list of institutions, so don't see why not. They take a commission on everything you buy via them, so they're not really looking for reasons to exclude either.

If labour get in we can do any course for free

no such thing as a free lunch, they'll make you pay for it by some other means

will ive this a try

great link cheers

great post

Thank you picked up two engineering course. Interesting intro for structural integrity. Suspension bridge failures. designer have more than 1 suspension bridge failure. Should have spent more time in Mechanical engineering.

Thanks

Some great introductory courses, ideal for those who haven't decided what they want to be when they grow up.

Can you get NUS with this

signed up but didnt get any edu emails lol

Excellent find thanks

gabesdad

I always fancied doing an OU degree, and would have, had they not … I always fancied doing an OU degree, and would have, had they not followed all the other Universities in ramping up their fees a few years back. It kind of went against part of their ethos for me, in the sense of making degree level education open to all. Doubling your module fees is a bit of a contradiction to my mind.I used to like watching the odd programme at weekends on BBC2, whether it was Maths, Chemistry, History, etc. Shame they're not there any more.



They ramped up their fees because their funding was severly cut: Luckily I started my degree before they did this, and finished under transitional arrangements which gave me the old fee basis as long as I studied a new module each academic year. I don't think I'd start a degree under the current fee structure, but there are grants available so I would check this out before being put off completely.

Some of the BBC2 OU programmes from the 70s/80s made it into my course dvds/multimedia. Once I got over the beards (now back in) and flares it was all fine.
Edited by: "Sleepy1968" 27th May

gabesdad

I always fancied doing an OU degree, and would have, had they not … I always fancied doing an OU degree, and would have, had they not followed all the other Universities in ramping up their fees a few years back. It kind of went against part of their ethos for me, in the sense of making degree level education open to all. Doubling your module fees is a bit of a contradiction to my mind.I used to like watching the odd programme at weekends on BBC2, whether it was Maths, Chemistry, History, etc. Shame they're not there any more.



Yep, totally agree.

I really wanted to get an engineering degree under my belt. I make a fair wage and I just couldn't crunch the numbers to make it fit my budget without resorting to a loan.

I get the impression that they think that employers will contribute to it. But, mine may only further my logistics background, something that I actually want to get away from! I guess it's fine if you're a student already and don't want to go to a brick and mortar uni. But, that wasn't their ethos, years back.

Still, this find deserves heat! Thanks for sharing OP

Thank you. Heat added.

turbo_c

no such thing as a free lunch, they'll make you pay for it by some other … no such thing as a free lunch, they'll make you pay for it by some other means


Ever since I was born, I've been eating free lunch. My parents fed me everyday. Now I'm 26 years of age, and I work for BT. I pay my parents money, and in return, I still get fed for free.

I love my parents and free food

Nice ! Heat added.

Finished my OU degree 17 years ago when I think it was around £500 for a 60 point course.
Looking down the new list of courses, I admit that there are some very tempting ones available now ..
>> Analysing Skid Marks (4 hour course) ...really - 4 hours!! why not just increase the water temperature?

Edited by: "restyler" 27th May

Was hoping for something to do with electricity, but no such luck.

A serious question, has anyone studied a part time course with the open university, and then managed to get a living from it?

The reason I ask is because few years back I was diagnosed with an illness which completely prevented me from studying at uni.

Im not well at the moment and find it difficult to leave house now. I haven't done anything at all in a few years and really don't know what to do with my life atm. I don't want to just study for fun for the sake of it, but if it is something that has helped someone in a similar situation, Id love to hear your experience. And thank you!!

Has the course been a help to you or were you studying to keep busy?

jameswalker457

Congrats... Did my BA through them part time... was so glad to finish! … Congrats... Did my BA through them part time... was so glad to finish! the thing I hate is the pass mark is so much higher than a traditional uni.wouldn't mind but having done both I believe that OU assess you a lot more too...


I've done both!

Top Uni education years back, and an OU degree in later life for "fun".

I'd wager the OU degree was more difficult.

Simply because the passmark threshold is insanely high if you want a 1st.

Just enrolled on one thanks x

Thanks for this. Great to keep my CPD up.

neinneinnein4

A serious question, has anyone studied a part time course with the open … A serious question, has anyone studied a part time course with the open university, and then managed to get a living from it?The reason I ask is because few years back I was diagnosed with an illness which completely prevented me from studying at uni. Im not well at the moment and find it difficult to leave house now. I haven't done anything at all in a few years and really don't know what to do with my life atm. I don't want to just study for fun for the sake of it, but if it is something that has helped someone in a similar situation, Id love to hear your experience. And thank you!!


Sorry to hear that. I have done some online courses but not at OU but edx.org where many top universities offer free courses, recently Oxford made a course for edx too. As it's a US initiative there are top universities there such as Stanford, MIT, uPenn, Berkley, Harvard, etc. Many other european too. Check it out, I think there are some really good courses and also they try to make a community of all the students that enroll through chat groups/forums, and help each other with the exercises. You could try your hand at courses that would allow you to work from your desk at home if your mobility is impaired - such things as programming are not that difficult if you take the time to learn it, and as these jobs are in demand, I think it is worth a shot if you want to earn a living. I personally have an MSc from a top ranking uni here, which I completed last year and still working on minimal wage, so, as far as I'm concerned, there's no guarantee that even a reputable 'real' uni can guarantee you financial security

adamwilko007

If labour get in we can do any course for free


Plus we no longer need to work

Never knew this was a university subject "Analysing skid marks" . My missus says she has a masters in this subject.http://imgur.com/a/mto4k
Edited by: "LPS6" 27th May

Hi all, I need a bit of advice, I'm 45 years old & I left school without any qualifications, and I've been working as an order picker for the past 11 years. Can anybody recommend any courses? I'm quite good on my home computer and I need a change , better now than never, thank you & have a nice bank holiday x

SteevyBrook71

Hi all, I need a bit of advice, I'm 45 years old & I left school without … Hi all, I need a bit of advice, I'm 45 years old & I left school without any qualifications, and I've been working as an order picker for the past 11 years. Can anybody recommend any courses? I'm quite good on my home computer and I need a change , better now than never, thank you & have a nice bank holiday x


Hi Steve, there is such a wide variety of open learn courses I would suggest to first just click on the ones that stand out to you, ie are you interested in history, languages and so on then take it from there. There are lots of "introduction to" courses that are useful if you are completely new to a topic.

The Open University also provides certified short courses and introduction to courses which you may feel confident enough to progress to after getting an idea of them from the free courses. Student funding is also available for the OU too.

Particularly like the 'analysing skid marks' course. Luckily my wife muat hasn't been on that so I can just blame the kids ;-)

SteevyBrook71

Hi all, I need a bit of advice, I'm 45 years old & I left school without … Hi all, I need a bit of advice, I'm 45 years old & I left school without any qualifications, and I've been working as an order picker for the past 11 years. Can anybody recommend any courses? I'm quite good on my home computer and I need a change , better now than never, thank you & have a nice bank holiday x


I just had 4 grade Cs when I left school & wasnt at all interested in going to uni as I was terrible at maths & had a job lined up.
After doing mostly Science & Design courses with the OU, All the science, maths, chemistry & biology that I struggled with at school sort of "clicked in place" & I (mostly) enjoyed doing it.
{Although I still cant do calculus}

The Free computer course they offer would probably be a bit simplistic if you already know your way around them, but having said that, it would probably be an easy one to start with as you'd probably sail though it, & it would give you confidence to try out something different.
I'd then look at any courses that I was vaguely interested in - As they're all free, what have you got to loose if you decide to pack one up when you're halfway through & struggling.

I guess when I had to pay for individual courses it gave me more incentive to see them through to the end, but if youve got a couple of 'undisturbed' hours a night then these are well worth a look.
Remember, anything like this always look good on your CV
Edited by: "restyler" 27th May

neinneinnein4

A serious question, has anyone studied a part time course with the open … A serious question, has anyone studied a part time course with the open university, and then managed to get a living from it?The reason I ask is because few years back I was diagnosed with an illness which completely prevented me from studying at uni. Im not well at the moment and find it difficult to leave house now. I haven't done anything at all in a few years and really don't know what to do with my life atm. I don't want to just study for fun for the sake of it, but if it is something that has helped someone in a similar situation, Id love to hear your experience. And thank you!!


First off, you've got to bear in mind that no job is guarranteed after a degree, no-matter where its attained, & there's hundreds of people out there with degree's not building space rockets for a living.
As I said in the reply above, what have you got to loose by doing some of these courses.
They would certainly be a good introduction into the OU degree learning ethic.

I did my courses while in full time work - which was a bit of a struggle at times, but as long as you can put in say 2 undisturbed hours a day then you'd probably be ok.

{I was also an OU district Students Association - secretary, treasurer, & chairman - which was far more stressful than doing the actual courses} (_;)

Edited by: "restyler" 27th May
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