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  1. Looking to speak to someone who has either completed or is in the process of completing an open university degree while serving. Just wondering how long they take to complete? I'm guessing they take more than 4 years as you are doing it part time. Are there any junior soldiers out there who have managed to fit one in early on in their careers?
  2. Duration-recon on a min of 6 years-you can take a break or go slower. I started mine as a junior singlie and finished it as a senior pad. Don't forget there are various funding options and help available from the system. I would recommend you go and speak to your local Army Education Centre. They have all the info. If you don't have contact details then PM me you location and I'll send you the necessary.

    PS OU is great fun, rewarding and unbelievably beneficial to your career/prospects. Go for it.
  3. I started one, when I was 'invited back' to do a tour. Depending on your income you might get full funding from the OU itself.

    Might I ask what degree you are interested in? Devexwarrior is right, it DOES normally take 6 years, but there are ways to shorten it down to 4 if you are flexible enough, especially if it is a generic 'Social Sciences' or 'Humanities' degree, compared to a more specialised subject, such as Literature or Psychology.

    E.g. - I have completed 150 points, within 18 months. The requirement for a BA/BSC is 360 points.

    Feel free to PM me if you want.
  4. Did mine in 6 years. After i left, but while travelling worldwide in the oil industry (far more time away than when in the mob!!). Probably one of the best things i ever did! military quals not being worth the paper they're printed on. Has opened many doors without a doubt.
  5. The OU is one of the few places which gives you full credit for HNC/D - 120/240, so sometimes it can be easier to do that and then articulate.

    I'm bursting my arse on "Language and Literacy in a Changing World" at the minute. Pain.
  6. Go here and start. Absolutely worthwhile, very flexible and a great sense of achievement. If you have had a gutful of school and college (as I had many years ago) then do this instead. If you start a course and don't enjoy it, finish and change tack the next year. Don't procrastinate and good luck!

    Open University
  7. I completed an Hons degree in 7 years. Best educational course I ever started.

    Before you embark on it though, bear in the following in mind:

    1. You have to find the time from somewhere - 9 times out of 10, say goodbye to your social life. Don't underestimate the amount of time you need to put aside each day/week.

    2. You have to be totally commited and organised - if the work needs doing, you just have to get on with it.
  8. This is very interesting!

    Have any ex service members used this with elc's?

    Cheers for the heads up! I've been dragging arse as a civvy.
  9. Are you doing the MAed(applied linguistics) ?
    I finish E303(English grammar in context )later this year to complete my BA and will be starting one of the post grad courses in October,either "Language and Literacy in a Changing World" or "Teaching English to speakers of other languages worldwide" (E841) for the post grad diploma in applied linguistics before doing the remaining two courses for the MA.
    Thats another 3 and a half years of being a stressed out hermatoid.Its taken me four years so far. Its a long hard slog but will be worth it in the end.
  10. I started mine as a Junior and am about to finish it as a Senior.

    BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Geography & Politics-it's taken me 5 years in total and that is quite intensive.

    I agree-I try to get stuff done during the week on base before going weekenders but I still find I'm having to do extra study at weekends. I think I've been in the Mess bar once in the last 3 months as well-I just physically haven't got the time.

    I will warn you though-it is very addictive. I'm already looking at what postgrad courses to do. :D

    If it seems quite daunting having 5/6/7 years study ahead of you, break it down into achievable chunks. I've picked up along the way a Certificate in Social Sciences (that took 1 year), Certificate in IT & Computing (1 yr), Diploma in Geography (2 yrs) and a Diploma in Politics & Government (2 yrs). The Dip in Politics and Cert in IT & Comp I did at the same time which has been work intensive to say the least!

    Super, you can use your ELC's if you're outside for this but in effect, you're using up a £1k allowance on a course that costs £600 of which you have to pay 20% yourself. If I were you, I'd save it for a more expensive course!
  11. Edited due to double posting mongness.
  12. In terms of study time..what do / did you devote to it?

    How much does it take out of your free time...if you get my drift.

    Does it demolish your weekenders or can you live a normal life also?
  13. It all depends on personal ability to be honest. At my previous unit, there was another guy (RAF) who was doing the same course as me and had his head stuck in his books constantly for that course and was always taking course notes.

    I however did sod all compared to the level of effort he was doing and was coming away with assignment scores on average 10% more than him and did considerably better than he did in the exam. The only difference was that I was able to absorb the information a lot quicker than he did but this only serves to illustrate that 2 people can do the same course and whilst one person enjoys it (me), the other person may struggle throughout the entire course.

    Don't expect to be going out every weekend though-that's all I'll say. You have to want to do it and not look upon it as a chore.
  14. i must confess that one thing which turns me off an OU degree is the long time involved.

    i would prefer to do a distance learning degree with a university in 2-3 years, not 5-7.

    i'm hoping to start a Masters soon, which is scheduled for 2 years but you can take up to 5 if you want. would rather "head down" in the books for a couple of years and have the goal that much more achievable.

    it's just that i started an OU degree when i was far too young (19) and remember how it felt to always have deadlines looming over your head... always feeling like you should be doing work instead of ever having fun... i sacked it after a few months.

    obviously much more mature now, and more motivated. 2 or 3 years i can deal with. but 7? that's a complete long-term lifestyle change! not for me, chef. but hats off to anyone who can stick it that long.
  15. Wave goodbye to your social life. It is hard work. But you do have the option to take a break for a year or so if you want to. The key is being organised and disciplined i.e. not going out on the lash when your mates ask you. Its not easy holding down a full time job. I was the only person with one on my course (Mathematics), the rest were retired or part time. Im now doing professional exams at the moment and have accepted the short term pain for long term gain. You have just got to really want to study and keep in mind the reasons you are doing it.