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Ami2301
Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
Hey everyone,

I have been thinking about my future and lately I keep hearing about Open University. So I tried looking on their website but unfortunately it won't let me zoom in, I can't read small writing. I was wondering if you could help me out?
- How much does it cost and are there any funding options?
- What courses do they do?
- How does the process work?

Many thanks for any replies! :)
Disability Gamechanger - 2019

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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    Hi @Ami2301
    What device are you using to view the website? 
    My wife has just graduated from the OU and was funded for the first 5 years. Until our household income hit a certain threshold.
    There are so many courses to choose from, too many to list!
    You apply online through their website. A bit like a UCAS application. The OU also take into consideration your lived experiences. Once accepted on to your chosen course, you will be given access to the learning portal. This is where you can communicate with fellow students and your tutors. Unless it now completely digital, you should also receive textbooks and learning materials through the post.
    I hope that all makes sense and helps a bit?
    Scope
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  • hartill77
    hartill77 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    I graduated from the Open University in 2017 give student support a call and they will help you with everything. 0300 303 5303
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Member Posts: 826 Pioneering
    Hi @Ami2301

    I would suggest you contact the OU direct and ask to speak to their access team.

    I have not studied at the OU, but know many that have, they all thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I have done distanced learning at two universities that led to two Masters.

    You learn at your own pace and meet lots of good people at summer schools, who have become long term friends.

    There are lots of grants you can apply for, so funding is not really an issue.

    You can start with a taster course on any given subject, the world is really your oyster for study subjects.

    Employers will take into account that you are studying with the OU, this shows determination on your part.

    Hope this helps.
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    Let us know how you get on @Ami2301 :)
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2018
    Hi @Richard_Scope
    I am using my iPad, some websites allow me to zoom in but some don't. Tried everything but just can't get it to work. Thanks for the advice! :)

    Hi @hartill77
    Congratulations! What did you graduate in?

    Hi @atlas46
    Thanks for the advice! Do they have an email as I am deaf, sorry should have stated that in my first post.

    Will do @Sam_Scope ?
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    edited October 2018
    Hi @Ami2301

    You can also request a free call back.

    There is an online contact form but you may not be able to zoom in on it.
    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer and Cerebral Palsy Programme Lead

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  • atlas46
    atlas46 Member Posts: 826 Pioneering
    Hi @Ami2301

    You have to go on OU website, click onto link "supporting students with disabilities, you then will find an e-mail link.

    They do not publish an e-mail address!!

    Let us know how you fair.
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @Richard_Scope I will have a look :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @atlas46 I will now check it out :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • hartill77
    hartill77 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    Hi @Ami2301
    I got  a BSc Honours degree in Psychology. 
    What are you thinking of doing a degree in? 
    They do some short courses aswell at lower levels if your unsure what you want to do. 
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,945 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @hartill77
    Charity work and fundraising has always been my passion and I'm eager to learn all the bits in between, the business side, working with any age, I would love to gain so much more knowledge :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019

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