ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University

 
ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
YOUR 2020/2021

ENGINEERING,
DESIGN AND
TECHNOLOGY
PROSPECTUS
ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
FREE YOUR
AMBITION
ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University       3

Five reasons why you should choose us             4

What you need to get started                      5

What you can study                                6

Learn in a way that suits you                     7

Welcome to engineering, design and technology     8

Boost your confidence with an Access module      10

How you build your qualification                 12

How long your qualification will take            14

Fees and funding                                 16

FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Undergraduate courses                            19

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                             37

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                         48

Get in touch                             BACK COVER
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ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
Whatever your ambition –
whether you dream of

                                                                                                   EXPLORE THE OU
becoming a professional
in the field of engineering,
design and technology, or
want to boost your knowledge
and skills – we’re here to help
make it happen.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning. Since we
were founded, we’ve helped more than two million                       78%
                                                                       of FTSE 100 companies
people realise their potential. Our unique approach                    have sponsored
to learning means you don’t have to put your life                      employees on
on hold to get the qualification you want.                             OU courses

We will:                         You can expect:
‒ help you get a qualification   ‒ materials that are designed
  to suit you and your goals       with you in mind
‒ provide you with the           ‒ continuous innovation – we’ve
  teaching and learning            been leading the way in distance
  resources you’ll need            learning for over 50 years,
                                   ensuring education is accessible,
‒ offer a flexible learning
                                   whatever your circumstances
  experience based around
  you and your life              ‒ access to world-class resources,
                                   whenever you need them
‒ use technology and teaching
  methods that enhance your      ‒ qualifications that are respected
  study experience                 by employers the world over.
‒ be there to support you
  every step of the way.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU
          SHOULD
                                 1.
                                 We’re open to you.
       CHOOSE US                 We make learning
                                 available to all,
                                 regardless of
                                 background, age
                                 or additional
                                 learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments. We’re         and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      Our qualifications
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      enable you to put          a highly respected
      what you learn into        qualification. You’ll be able
      practice immediately.      to show you’re dedicated
                                 and committed – personal
                                 qualities that are valued
                                 in the workplace.

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EXPLORE THE OU
WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in life               You can do it                            What you need
shouldn’t limit where you             The main reason we’re called             There are just a couple of
                                      The Open University is that we’re        things that you’ll need to
go. If you’re determined              open to everyone. Every year,            be able to study with us.
to succeed and prepared               we help thousands of people
                                                                               ‒ A computer with internet access.
to work hard, we can help             achieve extraordinary things.
                                                                                 But don’t worry if you haven’t
you get started.                      ‒ There are no formal academic             got access to one right now
                                        entry requirements for most              – you could receive financial
The next few pages will tell you        of our undergraduate courses.            support to help you buy one.
more about how studying with            For some qualifications,
                                                                               ‒ A good grasp of the English
The Open University works, the          you may need to be in
                                                                                 language. We teach all our
courses you can study, the funding      relevant employment.
                                                                                 courses in English. If you’re not
available to you, and how long your
                                      ‒ We helped over 24,000 students           sure your English is at the right
qualification will take.
                                        with disabilities and additional         level, go to openuniversity.co.uk/
                                        needs last year alone.                   englishlanguage for help
                                                                                 and guidance.
                                      ‒ Our students are diverse. Of our
                                        new undergraduate students,
                                        34% are under 25. Our oldest
                                        students are in their nineties.

                                         Have you studied before?
                                         If you’ve studied at higher education level before, you might be
                                         able to count it towards your OU qualification. This can cut down
                                         the modules you’ll need to study, saving you time and money.
                                         If you tell us what you’ve done, we’ll do the rest.
                                         Go to openuniversity.co.uk/credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    We offer over 200 highly respected qualifications to help you reach your goals.
    You can study towards a degree or start with a certificate or diploma of higher
    education and build on your studies as you go.

    Undergraduate                           Postgraduate                          We’ll give you:
    Integrated masters degree               Masters degree                        ‒ the flexibility to fit study
    Add value to undergraduate              Study modules towards an                around your other
    study by combining it with              internationally respected               commitments
    work at postgraduate level.             qualification while gaining
                                                                                  ‒ the opportunity to
                                            specialist academic,
    Named degree                                                                    improve your career
                                            professional or technical skills.
    Complete modules in a specific
                                                                                  ‒ freedom to follow your
    subject to earn an honours degree       Postgraduate diploma
                                                                                    passions in depth.
    and open doors to a new interest        Work towards a widely recognised
    or career.                              qualification. A postgraduate         To find out more about how you
                                            diploma is equivalent to two-thirds   build your qualifications and how
    Open degree
                                            of a masters degree.                  long it takes, see pages 12–15.
    Design an honours degree from
    across a mix of subjects to suit        Postgraduate certificate
    your needs and interests.               Ideal for professional and career
                                            development, this is the first step
    Diploma of higher education
                                            towards a masters degree as well
    Expand your knowledge
                                            as being a valuable qualification
    and improve your skillset
                                            in its own right.
    in a specialised area.
    Foundation degree
    Focus on a subject area related
    to what you’re doing now, in
    either a work or voluntary setting.
    Certificate of higher education
    Get a general grounding or improve
    your understanding of a subject area.

                                                                                     Find the course to
                                                                                     match your ambition
                                                                                     If you don’t know which
                                                                                     type of course is right for
                                                                                     you, discover more about
                                                                                     the qualifications we offer
                                                                                     on our website. Go to
                                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                     course-types.

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EXPLORE THE OU
LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility             Pioneering technology                  Do you have additional
                                                                               study needs?
to fit study around the                 We’ve been using innovative
                                        technology to connect with             We’re committed to helping
other things going on                   our students since we first            students with disabilities and
in your life, whatever                  started. Examples include our          additional needs. We’ll give you
they may be.                            online tutorials and module            the tools to help overcome
                                        forums. We’ll make sure that           obstacles that could stand
                                        you always have what you               in the way of your learning –
Distance learning                       need, and feel connected.              whatever your needs may be.
with the OU
We’ve designed our learning             Connect with                           Disabled Students’ Allowance
experience to combine flexibility       other students                         (DSA) – UK residents only
and regular contact. We’ll give you     You can use our module discussion      A DSA can help you with study
the help you need to learn in the       groups to talk about subjects,         costs that result directly from
best possible way. You’ll get regular   course work or study methods.          your disability or specific learning
support from tutors and access to                                              difficulty. They’re not means-tested
all the materials and resources         You can also connect with us
                                                                               and can go towards specialist
essential to your course.               on social media or join one of
                                                                               equipment (such as an adapted
                                        the many informal Facebook
You’ll also have access to student                                             computer), non-medical study
                                        groups set up by students.
support teams, who’ll be there to                                              support (e.g. a dyslexia support
help you on your learning journey.                                             worker) or other related expenses.
                                        Students association                   You can also apply for help with
How you’ll be assessed                  You’ll become a member of our          study-related travel costs that
                                        active students association when       result directly from your disability.
You could be assessed in a              you register. You can help influence
variety of different ways                                                      For more information, go to
                                        University decisions, meet fellow
depending on your choice of                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/disability
                                        students and develop new skills.
course. We use a combination                                                   or call us on 0300 303 5303.
of written assignments, oral or         Find out more at
practical assessments, projects,        openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.
examinations, dissertations             Or join the conversation on
and portfolios.                         Facebook.com/OUstudents
Your assessments will occur             Twitter.com/OUstudents
at set points during your course.       Instagram.com/OUstudentslive.
For more information on how
you’ll be assessed, go to
openuniversity.co.uk/assessment.

                                           What’s it like to study with The Open University?
                                           To find out more about distance learning, the OU study experience
                                           and how we’ll support you throughout your studies, go to
                                           openuniversity.co.uk/learning.

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ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - YOUR 2020/2021 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
WELCOME TO ENGINEERING,
    DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
    Innovating for a better future
    A career in engineering, design or technology can be immensely stimulating
    and rewarding. Whatever level higher education qualification you’re looking
    for, you’ll find that our courses are the ideal foundation for your career.

    Why study with us?                   Undergraduate                           Research and equipment
    Through our teaching and research,   We offer a range of accredited          We’re one of the UK’s top materials
    we aim to make significant impact    degrees to help you progress to         engineering research centres – our
    on individuals, organisations and    Engineering Council registration:       work has benefitted the economy,
    communities that need to design,     including the Foundation Degree         public safety, and society in general.
    develop, build and manage            in Engineering, the Bachelor of         You’ll learn from relevant and
    complex systems involving            Engineering (Hons), a Top-up            up-to-date teaching materials
    technologies of all kinds. We seek   Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and      created by the academics
    to transform lives by making STEM    the Integrated Master of Engineering.   responsible for this ground-
    (science, technology, engineering                                            breaking research. If you’re thinking
                                         We’re the leading distance-learning
    and mathematics) education                                                   of taking one of our engineering
                                         higher education provider of design
    available to as many people as                                               courses, as an Open University
                                         courses in the UK. We offer a
    possible and contributing to                                                 student, you’ll get a taste of doing
                                         Diploma and Certificate of Higher
    reducing the UK’s STEM skill                                                 engineering research by operating
                                         Education, and a BA or BSc (Hons)
    shortage. We’re proud that our                                               research-grade equipment
                                         Design and Innovation, as well as a
    students express high satisfaction                                           remotely and gathering and
                                         BSc (Hons), Diploma and Certificate
    with their study experience and                                              analysing your own data through
                                         of Higher Education in Computing
    graduates are equipped with                                                  our exciting and innovative
                                         & IT and Design.
    the knowledge and skills to work                                             OpenEngineering Lab. For some
    in STEM-focused occupations.                                                 qualifications, you’ll also carry out
                                         Postgraduate                            mini practical research projects
                                         At postgraduate level, our MSc in       in small teams at our week-long
                                         Engineering will help you progress      residential schools. To find out
                                         to register as a Chartered Engineer.    more about our research, go to
                                         Our other postgraduate                  openuniversity.co.uk/ouresearch.
                                         qualifications include masters
                                         degrees in technology management,
                                         systems thinking in practice, and
                                         environmental management.

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EXPLORE THE OU
The OU Women in Engineering initiative has made
a big difference to my experience of the course.
They’ve not only provided opportunities to attend
and contribute to great conferences, but enthusiastically
supported student-led initiatives like the Women
in Engineering OU Student Society.
Caz Ingram,
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)

Women in engineering                   Professional recognition               Beyond graduation
We actively support women to           Our engineering qualifications         The scope of career options for
study and progress into careers        are accredited by the Institution      students studying design or
in engineering. The School of          of Engineering and Technology          engineering is extensive and these
Engineering and Innovation is          and the Institution of Engineering     graduates are often employed as
proud to hold an Athena SWAN           Designers. We are seeking              managers, directors or senior officials
bronze award, recognising our          extensions to our accreditations       in professional, associate professional
commitment to gender equality          with the Charted Institution of        and technical occupations. There is a
and advancing the career               Building Services Engineers and the    wealth of opportunity awaiting STEM
aspirations of all its students.       Institution of Mechanical Engineers.   graduates, whose skills are in high
The School works closely with                                                 demand – currently many employers
                                       Our MSc in Engineering fulfils
the Women’s Engineering Society                                               struggle to fill STEM vacancies due
                                       the educational requirements for
(WES) as an Education Partner,                                                to a lack of skilled candidates.
                                       registration as a Chartered Engineer
giving our female students             when presented with an accredited      The demand for STEM graduates is
free membership of WES. This           Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)         being driven by new technologies,
partnership enables students to        (Hons), including ours, as does        and graduates can find employment
access a network of professional       our Master of Engineering on           across a whole range of
women engineers, to attend a           its own. Our BEng (Hons) meets         manufacturing and service
variety of events such as the annual   the educational requirements           industries, from food and fashion to
WES Student Conference, and            for registration as an                 construction, transport and medical.
benefit from the WES newsletter        Incorporated Engineer.                 Engineering is also central to the
and quarterly journal The Woman                                               growth of the low-carbon economy,
                                       Our BSc (Hons) Design and
Engineer. We also have a lively WES                                           with huge growth in renewable
                                       Innovation is recognised for
student group, organised and run                                              energy, from both a production
                                       membership of the Institution
by current students, that provides                                            management side but also
                                       of Engineering Designers.
a supportive community and                                                    research and innovation. Robotics, AI
information about events and           Our Postgraduate Environmental         development and digital applications
activities relevant to women           Management programme                   are also rapidly developing areas
in engineering.                        is accredited by the Institute         feeding into the work spectrum
                                       of Environmental Management            that skilled STEM graduates will
We celebrate International Women
                                       & Assessment.                          find themselves able to apply to.
in Engineering Day with events
such as a free one-day conference,     Our MSc and Postgraduate
which enables students and staff to    Diploma in Environmental
meet each other and gain insights      Management are accredited by
into various engineering sectors.      the Chartered Institution of Water
                                       and Environmental Management.
                                                                              MORE ONLINE
                                                                              Learn more about our engineering,
                                                                              design and technology qualifications,
                                                                              and register for your chosen course

                                                                              Visit openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                    courses
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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
     WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
     An Access module is a                   An Access module builds                 Your Access module materials
                                             your confidence by                      are a blend of printed and online
     great place to start if you             helping with things like:               resources. You’ll engage with the
     want a gentle introduction              ‒ refreshing your study skills
                                                                                     materials to complete tasks such
     to Open University study.                                                       as online quizzes and tutor-marked
                                             ‒ using computers                       assignments. At the end, you’ll
     It can also help you find out                                                   demonstrate your learning
                                             ‒ introducing you to a range
     more about your interests                 of subjects related to your           by completing a final written
                                                                                     assignment. There’s no exam.
     and where you want your                   area of interest
     learning to take you.                   ‒ finding out if OU study               Access modules start every
                                               suits you and your life.              February and October and last
     We’re different to other universities                                           for 30 weeks. Each week requires
     because we’re open to people                                                    around nine or ten hours of study
                                             How it works
     based on their potential rather                                                 and it’s up to you how you organise
     than their prior qualifications. Our    You’ll have a dedicated tutor,          that time, giving you the flexibility
     students come from a diverse range      who’ll provide academic support         to fit study around your life.
     of academic backgrounds, so we          via email and regular one-to-one
     offer a choice of starting points       telephone tutorials. Your Student       What you need
     depending on how confident you          Support Team will be on hand to
                                             help with everything else, including    We’ll set you up with access to your
     are in your study skills. You can                                               module website and make sure
     either dive straight in with an OU      careers advice, fees and funding,
                                             administrative support, and             your books and other printed
     level 1 module, or you might prefer                                             materials are posted out to you.
     a gentler start with some extra         study-related guidance.
                                                                                     All you need is:
     preparation, in which case,
     an Access module is ideal.                                                      ‒ a phone
                                                                                     ‒ a computer with
                                                                                       internet access.

        What you can study                     Science, technology and                build your confidence and prepare
                                               maths Access module (Y033)             you for more OU study.
        The following Access module will
        prepare you for the qualifications     Grow your knowledge in a range         We offer two other Access
        we offer in engineering, design        of technical subjects, including       modules, which are more
        and technology.                        science; engineering and design;       relevant to other subject areas:
                                               environment; mathematics;
                                                                                      Arts and languages
                                               and computing and IT. As the
                                                                                      Access module (Y031)
                                               foundation for further studies in
                                               these fields, this module will help    People, work and society
                                                                                      Access module (Y032)

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EXPLORE THE OU
Do you qualify for a free Access module?
You can study an Access             How much does an                              Students who start
module for free if you:             Access module cost?                           with an Access module
‒ live in the UK (excludes          If you don’t qualify to study                 are more likely to be
  Channel Islands and Isle          for free, the cost depends
  of Man) or have a British         on where you live.                           SUCCESSFUL
  Forces Post Office address                                                      when they advance
                                    ‒ In England, the Channel Islands
‒ are studying the module             and the Isle of Man it’s £774.              to OU level 1 study
  as part of an OU qualification
                                    ‒ In Northern Ireland, Scotland
  (this doesn’t apply if you
                                      and Wales it’s £258.
  live in Scotland)
‒ have a household income           You can pay up front by debit or
  (or, in Scotland, a personal      credit card, or by bank transfer.
  income) of £25,000 or less, or    Or spread the cost with an Open
  you receive qualifying benefits   University Student Budget Account
                                    – see page 17 for more information.
‒ have completed less
  than one year of a full-time      If you’re studying an Access module
  undergraduate programme           as part of an OU qualification and you
  at FHEQ or CQFW level 4/          live in England, Wales or Northern
  SCQF level 7 or above, and        Ireland, you could cover the cost
  not completed 30 credits          with a student loan – see page 16
  or more of OU study.              for more information.

The Access module really helped equip
me with the skills and confidence I needed
to go on and study at degree level.
                                                                             NEXT STEPS
Tim Walker,                                                                  Order an Access
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LLB                                                  Modules Prospectus
                                                                             or speak to our Student
                                                                             Recruitment team
                                                                             Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                   co.uk/ug-access
                                                                             Call 0300 303 0069
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HOW YOU BUILD
     YOUR QUALIFICATION

     Undergraduate students
                                                                                  Access module
     You’ll need to build up a set number                                  An optional module to build
                                                                           your confidence and prepare
     of credits to gain your qualification.                                    you for further study.
     Here’s how it works.
     Stages                                                                To complete Stage 1, you’ll
     ‒ Complete one stage for a certificate of higher                   need 120 credits, studying modules
       education, two stages for a diploma of higher                          worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                        Stage 1
       education or foundation degree, and three
       stages to gain an honours degree.
     ‒ To complete each stage, you must build                                         120 credits
       up a set number of credits.

                                                                        Certificate of higher education
     Credits
     ‒ You need 120 credits to complete
       each stage.
     ‒ You need a set number of credits
                                                                           To complete Stage 2, you’ll
       to gain your chosen qualification
                                                                        need a further 120 credits, studying
       e.g. you need 360 credits to gain
                                                                         modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
       an honours degree.
                                                        Stage 2

     ‒ You gain credits by successfully
       completing modules.                                                           240 credits

     Modules
                                                                         Diploma of higher education
     ‒ With each module you successfully
                                                                            or foundation degree
       complete, you’ll earn a set number
       of credits, either 30 or 60.
     ‒ Modules are either compulsory or
       selected from a choice of options.
                                                                           To complete Stage 3, you’ll
     ‒ You choose the modules you want                                  need a further 120 credits, studying
       to study, year by year.                                           modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                        Stage 3

                                                                                     360 credits

                                                                                  Honours degree

                                                                  Our integrated masters degree has four stages.
                                                                  See page 20 for further details.

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Postgraduate students
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building
up a set number of credits.
Credits
You need:                                          60 credits at postgraduate level.
‒ 60 credits to gain a postgraduate certificate
‒ 120 credits to gain a postgraduate diploma
‒ 180 credits to gain a masters degree.              Postgraduate certificate
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules.

Modules
‒ With each module you successfully               A further 60 credits at postgraduate
  complete, you’ll earn a set number                     level – total 120 credits.
  of credits, usually 15, 30 or 60.
‒ Modules are either compulsory
  or selected from a choice of options.                Postgraduate diploma
‒ You choose the modules you
  want to study, year by year.

Getting started
All you need to do is choose which                A further 60 credits at postgraduate
qualification you want to study and                      level – total 180 credits.
register on a module that counts
towards that qualification. You can
find out more about the postgraduate
                                                           Masters degree
qualifications we offer in engineering,
design and technology from page 37.

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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     We give you the flexibility to choose the amount you want to study each year.
     This way, you get the qualification you want in a timeframe that’s right for you.

     Undergraduate qualifications
     Most of our students study part time, taking 60 credits a year. That’s like studying
     at half the rate of a full-time course at a traditional university. If you want to
     complete your study at a full-time rate, you’ll need to study 120 credits per year.

       Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–18 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                    Diploma of higher
                education/Foundation
                  degree (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                              0                1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

       Full time | 120 credits a year | 32–36 study hours a week

                  Certificate of higher
                education (120 credits)

                    Diploma of higher
                education/Foundation
                  degree (240 credits)

                        Honours degree
                           (360 credits)

                                              0                1              2               3               4   5   6

                                                                                      Years to complete

     Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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Postgraduate qualifications

                                                                                                                                             EXPLORE THE OU
                                                                                                     Find out more
The time it will take to complete your qualification depends on
how it’s structured and the number of credits required. All of our                                   For more information on
postgraduate courses are offered as part-time study and the usual                                    finding time to study, and to
timescales for individual module completion are shown below.                                         use our time planner tool, go to
                                                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/time.
‒ 15–30 credit module – typically five months.
‒ 60 credit module – typically nine months.

  Part time | 60 credits a year | 16–20 study hours a week

        Postgraduate certificate
                    (60 credits)

           Postgraduate diploma
                    (120 credits)

                    Masters degree
                      (180 credits)

                                         0                                1                              2                        3

                                                                                 Years to complete

Some qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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FEES AND FUNDING
     We believe cost shouldn’t                      Funding – England                               Funding – Northern Ireland
                                                    and Wales
     be a barrier to achieving                                                                      You could be eligible for a Part-Time
                                                    The best way to fund your studies,              Fee Grant of up to £1,230 a year to
     your potential. That’s                         regardless of age or income,                    help towards your fees. The amount
     why our tuition fees                           might be with a student loan                    depends on your household income
     are among the most                             from Student Finance England                    and the rate at which you study.
                                                    or Student Finance Wales. It’s                  If you’re not eligible for the grant,
     competitive in the UK.                         the most popular way to pay.                    or if it doesn’t cover the full cost
     And we’ll always help you                                                                      of your tuition fees, you can pay in
                                                    Key facts                                       full or in part using an alternative
     find a way of paying that                      ‒ Repayments only start                         payment method, such as a
     suits your circumstances.                        when your salary exceeds                      Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan.
                                                      the income threshold
                                                      (£26,575 from April 2020).                    Funding – Scotland
     For undergraduate
                                                    ‒ Repayments are deducted                       If your personal income is £25,000
     You’ll pay on a module-by-module                 automatically from your salary.               or less, or you’re on certain benefits,
     basis, rather than for your whole              ‒ You can pay off the loan                      and you’re studying at least 30
     qualification up front. See below                early without any penalties.                  credits, you could qualify for a
     to get an idea of costs.                       ‒ Any balance outstanding after                 Part-Time Fee Grant and top-up
                                                      30 years will be written off.                 funding to cover 100% of your
         LIVING IN ENGLAND
                                                                                                    course fees. It isn’t a loan and you
         CREDITS                       COST             EXAMPLE REPAYMENT AMOUNTS                   won’t need to pay any of it back.
         EACH YEAR                     PER YEAR1
                                                        INCOME EACH                    MONTHLY
         30                            £1,548           YEAR BEFORE TAX                REPAYMENT3   Study support and
                                                        Up to £26,575                  £0
                                                                                                    discretionary funds
         60                            £3,096
                                                                                                    If your annual income is less than
         120                           £6,192           £28,000                        £10.68       £25,000, you might be eligible for
                                                        £34,000                        £55.69       additional means-tested funding for
     1
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                                                        For example, if you earn £28,000,
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Please go to our website to see the
total fee listed for your qualification.   ‒ All eligible students will receive
                                             a non-repayable grant of £1,000,
                                             rising to a maximum of £6,885,
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from Student Finance England.                threshold (currently, £21,000).         Find out more about
To be eligible you must:                   ‒ You’ll repay 6% of your income          postgraduate fees
                                             over the threshold – so, for example,   and funding
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                                             if you earn £25,000, you’ll repay       Visit openuniversity.
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‒ be studying a masters degree               That’s just £20 a month.                Call 0300 303 5303
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‒ Any balance outstanding after                                                         interest does apply.
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I AM...
     JACK BROOKE
     Jack always wanted to go       I’d always wanted to get a degree in     Studying with the OU is fantastic
                                    order to progress in my career and       as it fits around your life – it can be
     to college or university but   achieve my goals, but it took time       challenging at times, but it’s very
     didn’t want to go down         for me to gain some perspective,         achievable and definitely worth it.
     the traditional route and      and therefore I didn’t begin my          Thanks to my studies I’ve been
                                    higher education journey until           able to secure a new job at a more
     instead secured a job in       a little bit later on in life.           senior level.
     the army. It was there that    If I’d gone down the route of            The Open University gave me the
     his peers encouraged him       attending a residential university,      confidence and skills to pursue my
     to study with the OU and       it would have meant giving up the        dream career. My advice to anyone
                                    lifestyle that I’d gotten used to over   considering further study would be
     make his dream a reality.      the past decade. It would have also      to believe in the OU and believe in
                                    meant not being able to reach my         yourself, because it will take you far!
                                    current professional level as quickly.
                                                                             Jack Brooke,
                                                                             Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)

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FIND AN
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
You can register for the    ENGINEERING
2020/2021 academic
year for undergraduate      Master of Engineering (M04)                    20

qualifications from         Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Q65)           22
18 March 2020.
                            Foundation Degree in Engineering (X11)         24
We’ve based the
                            Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Q78)    26
qualification start dates
on the first module(s)      DESIGN
you can study as part
                            BA or BSc (Hons) Design and Innovation (Q61)   28
of your qualification.
                            BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Design (Q67)     30

                            COMBINED STEM
                            BSc (Hons) Combined STEM (R28)                 32

                            OPEN DEGREE
                            BA/BSc (Hons) Open (QD)                        34

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ENGINEERING

     MASTER OF
     ENGINEERING
     Our MEng fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. It’s an
     integrated masters degree that combines undergraduate and postgraduate study.
     Engineering is a creative and           Why choose this                                 Accreditation
     analytical subject. You’ll develop      qualification?                                  The following professional
     the skills, techniques, concepts and                                                    engineering institutions accredit
                                             ‒ Fulfils the Engineering Council’s
     knowledge needed by professional                                                        our Master of Engineering on behalf
                                               educational requirements for
     engineers, underpinned by science                                                       of the Engineering Council for
                                               Chartered Engineer status1.
     and mathematics. The course has                                                         the purposes of fully meeting
     a common core with a choice of          ‒ Includes individual and team-
                                                                                             the academic requirements for
     routes to suit your area of interest.     based projects, plus four
                                                                                             registration as a Chartered Engineer:
     You’ll work on real-life projects to      residential schools.
     create innovative solutions to                                                          ‒ Institution of Engineering
                                             ‒ Move to our Bachelor of
     challenging problems. You’ll team                                                         Designers.
                                               Engineering (Hons) if your
     up with other students at residential     aspirations change, even                      ‒ Institution of Engineering
     schools and work on your                  after you’ve started.                           and Technology.
     own projects.
                                             ‒ Choose from six specialist routes             We are seeking extensions to our
                                               and a broad engineering route.                accreditations with the Chartered
                                                                                             Institution of Building Services
                                             ‒ Develop employability
                                                                                             Engineers and the Institution
                                               skills, including personal
                                                                                             of Mechanical Engineers.
                                               and professional
                                               development planning.
                                             1
                                                 Under UK-SPEC (UK Standard for
                                                 Professional Engineering Competence),
                                                 which sets out the requirements for UK
                                                 engineers to achieve professional status.

                                                                                              Accredited Programme

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                     AT A GLANCE
                      Our MEng has six specialist routes and a broad engineering                                  Course code            M04
                      route – you’ll choose one:
                                                                                                                  Total credits             480
                       – engineering management – materials and design
                       – environmental technologies – mechanical engineering                                      Start dates
                       – energy and sustainability  – modelling and applications                                  Oct 2020
                                                    – broad engineering.                                          Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                 Compulsory
                       Engineering: origins, methods, context                                    modules          Apr 2021
                       (T192) (30 credits)
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                 Option           Register by 11 Mar 2021
                                                                                                 modules
                       Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production                             Awarded          Entry requirements
                       (T193) (30 credits)                                                       qualification    ‒ No specific
                                                                                                                    requirements
                       Engineering: mathematics, modelling, applications                                          ‒ Check you have the
                       (T194) (30 credits)                                                                          necessary skills at
                                                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/
                       Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1                                              ready-for-engineering
                       (T176) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  Assessment
                                                                                                                  Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                  ‒ Tutor-marked
                       Core engineering A
                                                                                                                    assignments
                       (T271) (30 credits)
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                  ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                       Core engineering B
                                                                                                                  ‒ Residential school
                       (T272) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                    attendance and
                                                                                                                    participation
                       You’ll study 30 credits from your chosen specialist route,
                                                                                                                  ‒ End-of-module
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/m04                                                               assessments
                                                                                                                  ‒ Examinations
                       Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2
                       (T276) (30 credits)                                                                        Study duration
                                                                                                                  Part time: 8.5 years
                                                                                                                  Full time: N/A

                                                                                                                  Mode of study
Stage 3 120 credits

                                                                                                                  The learning materials
                       You’ll study 90 credits from your chosen specialist route,                                 provided are a balance
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/m04                                                             of print and online

                                                                                                                  Electronic versions
                                                                                                                  of printed materials
                                                                                                                  available (e.g. PDF)
                       Managing technological innovation (T848) (30 credits) OR
                       Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) (30 credits)                    Disc-based media
                                                                                                                  (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                  Online forum
                       The MEng individual project                                                                Compulsory
Stage 4 120 credits

                       (T460) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                  Collaborative work
                                                                                                                  Compulsory

                       You’ll study 60 credits from your chosen specialism,
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/m04

                       Team engineering
                       (T885) (30 credits)                                                                       MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                 Find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding,
                       MASTER OF ENGINEERING                                                                     and how to register
                                                                                                                 Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                           co.uk/m04
                                                                                                                 Call 0300 303 5303
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BACHELOR OF
     ENGINEERING (HONS)
     This general engineering qualification fulfils the educational requirements for
     Incorporated Engineer status. The combination of this degree and an accredited
     MSc fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
     Engineering is a creative and           Why choose this                                 Accreditation
     analytical subject. You’ll develop      qualification?                                  The following professional
     the skills, techniques, concepts and                                                    engineering institutions accredit our
                                             ‒ Fulfils the Engineering Council’s
     knowledge needed by professional                                                        Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) on
                                               educational requirements for
     engineers, underpinned by science                                                       behalf of the Engineering Council for
                                               Incorporated Engineer status1.
     and mathematics. The course has                                                         the purposes of fully meeting the
     a common core with a choice of          ‒ Includes individual and team-
                                                                                             academic requirements for
     routes to suit your area of interest.     based projects, plus two
                                                                                             registration as an Incorporated
     You’ll work on real-life projects         residential schools.
                                                                                             Engineer and partly meeting the
     to create innovative solutions to       ‒ Move to our Master of                         academic requirements for
     challenging problems. You’ll team         Engineering if your aspirations               registration as a Chartered Engineer:
     up with other students at                 change, even after you’ve started.
     residential schools and work                                                            ‒ Institution of Engineering
     on your own projects.                   ‒ Choose from six specialist routes               Designers.
                                               and a broad engineering route.
                                                                                             ‒ Institution of Engineering
                                             ‒ Develop employability                           and Technology.
                                               skills, including personal
                                                                                             We are seeking extensions to our
                                               and professional
                                                                                             accreditations with the Chartered
                                               development planning.
                                                                                             Institution of Building Services
                                             1
                                                 Under UK-SPEC (UK Standard for              Engineers and the Institution
                                                 Professional Engineering Competence),
                                                 which sets out the requirements for UK      of Mechanical Engineers.
                                                 engineers to achieve professional status.

                                                                                                   Accredited Programme

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      Our BEng (Hons) has six specialist routes and a broad                                      Course code               Q65
                      engineering route – you’ll choose one:
                                                                                                                 Total credits             360
                       – electronics                          – environmental technologies
                       – energy and sustainability            – mathematical methods                             Start dates
                       – engineering design                   – mechanical engineering                           Oct 2020
                                                              – broad engineering.                               Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                Compulsory
                                                                                                modules          Apr 2021
                       Engineering: origins, methods, context
                       (T192) (30 credits)                                                      Option           Register by 11 Mar 2021
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                                 Entry requirements
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                qualification    ‒ No specific
                       Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production
                       (T193) (30 credits)                                                                         requirements
                                                                                                                 ‒ Check you have the
                                                                                                                   necessary skills at
                                                                                                                   openuniversity.co.uk/
                       Engineering: mathematics, modelling, applications
                                                                                                                   ready-for-engineering
                       (T194) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                       Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                       (T176) (30 credits)                                                                         assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Residential school
                                                                                                                   attendance and
                       Core engineering A                                                                          participation
                       (T271) (30 credits)                                                                       ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                       Core engineering B
                       (T272) (30 credits)                                                                       Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6.5 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: N/A
                       You’ll study 30 credits related to your chosen specialism,
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/q65                                                            Mode of study
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are a balance
                                                                                                                 of print and online
                       Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2
                       (T276) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
Stage 3 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Compulsory
                       You’ll study 90 credits related to your chosen specialism,
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/q65                                                            Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       The engineering project
                       (T452) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                       BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONS)                                                           and how to register
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                          co.uk/q65
                                                                                                                Call 0300 303 5303
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FOUNDATION DEGREE
     IN ENGINEERING
     This foundation degree                 Build on your existing skills         Why choose this
                                            and experience to support your        qualification?
     combines academic skills               professional development plans.
                                                                                  ‒ Tackle real-life problems
     with the needs of your                 You’ll apply the study of
                                                                                    by applying your study of
     workplace. Boost your                  engineering fundamentals to
                                                                                    engineering fundamentals.
                                            the solution of real-life problems.
     career if you’re working               Topics include design, electronics,   ‒ Develop your maths skills,
     in an engineering-related              energy, manufacturing, materials,       key to the successful study
                                            mechanics and structural analysis.      of engineering.
     job at a technical level.
                                            It also develops your maths skills,   ‒ Build on your existing skills
                                            which are key to successful study       and experience with two
                                            of engineering.                         work-related modules.
                                                                                  ‒ Gain a solid foundation for further
                                                                                    study, with the option to top up
                                                                                    to an honours degree.

       Meet our academics
       Aerospace, automotive and nuclear
       industries all have components that cannot
       be allowed to fail. Dr Foroogh Hosseinzadeh,
       senior lecturer in Engineering, works with
       these industries to ensure that critical                                    Related qualification
       components are as safe as can be.
                                                                                   Diploma of Higher Education
       Find out more about Foroogh’s work at                                       in Engineering (W11)
       openuniversity.co.uk/fh.                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/w11

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      Qualification structure                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory
                                                                                                modules          Course code               X11
                                                                                                Option
                       Engineering: origins, methods, context                                                    Total credits             240
                                                                                                modules
                       (T192) (30 credits)                                                      Awarded
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Apr 2021
                                                                                                                 Register by 11 Mar 2021
                       Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (T193) (30 credits)                                                                       Entry requirements
                                                                                                                 ‒ There are no formal
                                                                                                                   entry requirements,
                                                                                                                   but you must be in
                                                                                                                   engineering-related
                                                                                                                   employment
                       Engineering: mathematics, modelling, applications                                         ‒ Check you have the
                       (T194) (30 credits)                                                                         necessary skills at
                                                                                                                   openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                                                   ready-for-engineering

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                       Engineering at work                                                                       ‒ Tutor-marked
                       (T198) (30 credits)                                                                         assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations

                                                                                                                 Study duration
                                                                                                                 Part time: 4.5 years
                       Core engineering A                                                                        Full time: N/A
                       (T271) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are a balance
                                                                                                                 of print and online

                       Core engineering B                                                                        Electronic versions
Stage 2 120 credits

                       (T272) (30 credits)                                                                       of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       You’ll choose 30 credits from a selection of modules,                                     Compulsory
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/x11
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Optional

                       Change, strategy and projects at work
                       (T227) (30 credits)

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                       FOUNDATION DEGREE IN ENGINEERING                                                         and how to register
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                                                                                                                      co.uk/x11
                      are subject to change.
                                                                                                                Call 0300 303 5303
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TOP-UP BACHELOR
     OF ENGINEERING (HONS)
     Top up your existing qualification to an honours degree. You can top up your
     OU Foundation Degree or Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering
     or an equivalent qualification from somewhere else.
     Tailor your studies to suit your      Why choose this                        Accreditation
     background and previous study.        qualification?                         The following professional
     Develop your knowledge and                                                   engineering institutions accredit
                                           ‒ Progress from a vocational
     skills and open up further career                                            our Top-up BEng (Hons)1:
                                             qualification to an honours
     or educational opportunities.
                                             degree.                              ‒ Chartered Institution of Building
     Study choices include
     communications, design,               ‒ Choose modules to fit with             Services Engineers.
     electronics, environmental              your previous study.                 ‒ Institution of Engineering
     management, mathematics,              ‒ Develop your analytical skills,        Designers.
     micro and nano technology,              key to the successful study
     structural integrity, and renewable                                          ‒ Institution of Engineering
                                             of engineering.                        and Technology.
     energy. You’ll also complete an
     individual engineering project.       ‒ Prepare for further engineering      1
                                                                                      With a suitable prior qualification.
                                             study at postgraduate level.
                                           ‒ Accredited by several of the
                                             leading engineering institutions1.

                                                                                       Accredited Programme

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FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                                 AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                                 Course code            Q78

                                                                                                                 Total credits          120

                                                                                                                 Start dates
                                                                                                                 Oct 2020
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Sep 2020

                                                                                                                 Entry requirements
                                                                                                                 Our Foundation
                                                                                                                 Degree in Engineering
                                                                                                                 (X11) or Diploma of
                                                                                                                 Higher Education in
                                                                                                                 Engineering (W11), or an
                                                                                                                 equivalent qualification
                                                                                                                 from somewhere else
                                                                                                                 – approved by us and
                                                                                                                 completed within the
                                                                                                                 last 8 years

                                                                                                                 Assessment
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Examinations
                      Qualification structure
                      This qualification begins at Stage 3 – your existing                                       Study duration
                      qualification will make up Stages 1 and 2.                                                 Part time: 2–3 years
                                                                                                Option           Full time: N/A
                       You’ll choose 90 credits from:                                           modules
                                                                                                Compulsory       Mode of study
                       Electronics: signal processing, control and communications               module           The learning materials
                       (T312) (30 credits)                                                                       provided are mostly
                                                                                                Awarded
                       Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies                    qualification    online with some print
                       (T356) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                       Environmental management 2 (T319) (30 credits)                                            of printed materials
                       Innovation: designing for change (T317) (60 credits)                                      available (e.g. PDF)
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Renewable energy (T313) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                       Structural integrity: designing against failure (T367) (30 credits)                       (e.g. DVD)
                       Communications technology (TM355) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) (30 credits)                                Compulsory
                       Graphs, networks and design (MT365) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                       Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) (30 credits)                            Compulsory
                       Optimization (M373) (30 credits)

                       The engineering project
                       (T452) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONS)
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/q78
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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DESIGN

     BA OR BSc (HONS)
     DESIGN AND INNOVATION
     This general design degree focuses on developing creative design thinking
     and practical work to address problems in every aspect of life, not just the
     creative industries.
     The design modules feature online   Why choose this                        There are two routes through this
     design studios, social networking   qualification?                         qualification. There’s a Bachelor of
     and inspiring study materials                                              Arts (BA) route and a Bachelor of
                                         ‒ Build a portfolio of design work
     alongside a significant practical                                          Science (BSc) route. For each route,
                                           to show your ideas and skills.
     component. As well as design,                                              we’ve identified themes to help you
     you’ll study modules in             ‒ Learn about several different        plan your study – for details go to
     complementary subjects,               design specialisms.                  openuniversity.co.uk/q61.
     gaining skills and knowledge        ‒ Focus on the process
     in an area that fits your needs       and application of design and
     and interests.                        innovation in real-world contexts.
                                         ‒ Recognised by the Institute of
                                           Engineering Designers (IED).

                                                                                 Related qualifications
                                                                                 Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                 in Design and Innovation (W73)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/w73
                                                                                 Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                 in Design and Innovation (T37)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/t37

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                      Qualification structure                                                                     AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory        Course code               Q61
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Option            Total credits             360
                                                                                                modules
                       Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century
Stage 1 120 credits

                       (U101) (60 credits)                                                      Intermediate
                                                                                                                  Start dates
                                                                                                qualifications
                                                                                                                  Oct 2020
                                                                                                Awarded
                                                                                                                  Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                qualification

                                                                                                                  Feb 2021
                                                                                                                  Register by 14 Jan 2021

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a selection of modules,                                      Entry requirements
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/q61                                                             No specific requirements
                                                                                                                  – you don’t need a
                                                                                                                  portfolio or grades
                                                                                                                  to get onto the course

                       Certificate of Higher Education in Design
                                                                                                                  Assessment
                       and Innovation (T37)
                                                                                                                  Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                  ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                  ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                    assessments
                                                                                                                  ‒ Examinations
                       Design essentials
Stage 2 120 credits

                       (T217) (60 credits)                                                                        Study duration
                                                                                                                  Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                  Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                  Mode of study
                                                                                                                  The learning materials
                                                                                                                  provided are a balance
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a selection of modules,                                      of print and online
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/q61
                                                                                                                  Electronic versions
                                                                                                                  of printed materials
                                                                                                                  available (e.g. PDF)

                       Diploma of Higher Education in Design                                                      Disc-based media
                       and Innovation (W73)                                                                       (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                  Online forum
                                                                                                                  Optional

                                                                                                                  Collaborative work
                                                                                                                  Optional

                       Innovation: designing for change
Stage 3 120 credits

                       (T317) (60 credits)

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a selection of modules,
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/q61
                                                                                                                 MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                 Find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                 and how to register
                       BA/BSc (HONS) DESIGN AND INNOVATION
                                                                                                                 Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                       co.uk/q61
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                     Call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS) COMPUTING & IT
     AND DESIGN
     This degree combines computing & IT and design. You’ll divide your time
     equally between subjects. You’ll develop creative design thinking to address
     computer-based technology problems.
     We’ll introduce ideas relating to      Why choose this
     user-centred design, sustainable       qualification?
     design, and the design process.
                                            ‒ 50:50 split between computing
     This will complement the skills
                                              & IT and design.
     and knowledge you develop in
     computing and IT. And you’ll pick      ‒ Choose from four options within
     a computing and IT focus to fit          the computing & IT strand.
     your needs and interests.              ‒ Accredited by BCS, the Chartered
     Preparing you to contribute to           Institute for IT.
     the design of the digital electronic
     devices of the future.                 ‒ Quality assured by the European
                                              Quality Assurance Network for
                                              Informatics Education (EQANIE).

                                                                                 Related qualifications
                                                                                 Diploma of Higher Education in
                                                                                 Computing & IT and Design (W42)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/w42
                                                                                 Certificate of Higher Education in
                                                                                 Computing & IT and Design (T13)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/t13

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                      Qualification structure                                                                     AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory        Course code               Q67
                                                                                                modules
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1
                       (TM111) (30 credits)                                                     Intermediate      Total credits             360
                                                                                                qualifications
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                Option
                                                                                                                  Start dates
                                                                                                modules
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2                                     Oct 2020
                                                                                                Awarded
                       (TM112) (30 credits)                                                                       Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                qualification

                                                                                                                  Feb 2021
                                                                                                                  Register by 14 Jan 2021

                       Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century                                           Apr 2021
                       (U101) (60 credits)                                                                        Register by 11 Mar 2021

                                                                                                                  Entry requirements
                                                                                                                  No specific requirements

                       Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT
                                                                                                                  Assessment
                       and Design (T13)
                                                                                                                  Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                  ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                  ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                       You’ll choose a computing & IT focus area, studying 60 credits                             ‒ End-of-module
                       in: computer science; communications and networking;                                         assessments
Stage 2 120 credits

                       software development; or web development. For more                                         ‒ Examinations
                       information, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q67-citd
                                                                                                                  Study duration
                                                                                                                  Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                  Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                  Mode of study
                       Design essentials                                                                          The learning materials
                       (T217) (60 credits)                                                                        provided are mostly
                                                                                                                  online with some print

                                                                                                                  Electronic versions
                                                                                                                  of printed materials
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Computing & IT                                              available (e.g. PDF)
                       and Design (W42)
                                                                                                                  Disc-based media
                                                                                                                  (e.g. DVD)

                       You’ll complete your studies in your computing & IT focus area,                            Online forum
                       choosing one from a selection of 30-credit modules. For more                               Optional

                       information, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q67-citd
                                                                                                                  Collaborative work
Stage 3 120 credits

                                                                                                                  Compulsory

                       Innovation: designing for change
                       (T317) (60 credits)

                       The computing and IT project                                                              MORE ONLINE
                       (TM470) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                 and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) COMPUTING & IT AND DESIGN
                                                                                                                 Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                       co.uk/q67-citd
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                     Call 0300 303 5303
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COMBINED
     STEM

     BSc (HONS) COMBINED STEM

                   This flexible degree combines science, technology,
                   engineering and mathematics (STEM). Build your
                   own degree from a wide range of STEM modules and
                   study routes, including psychology and sports science.
                   Why choose this                    Degree holders
                   qualification?                     in England and Wales
                   ‒ Choose modules from across       If you’re looking to re-skill
                     STEM subjects or focus on one    or up-skill in STEM subjects,
                     or two areas.                    you could still be eligible for a
                                                      student loan to fund this degree.
                   ‒ Switch direction if your needs
                     or interests change.             For more information, go to
                                                      openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
                   ‒ Count university-level credits
                     you’ve gained from elsewhere.

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                      How you can focus your combined                                                            AT A GLANCE
                      STEM degree on engineering                                                                 Course code           R28
                      This selection of modules shows how you can focus on
                      engineering. Combine it with other STEM subjects that                                      Total credits         360
                      you’re interested in.
                                                                                                                 Start dates
                      This is just one example of the many combinations you                                      Oct 2020
                      can study, you’re not restricted to this route.                                            Register by 10 Sep 2020
                                                                                                Engineering
                                                                                                modules          Apr 2021
                       Engineering: origins, methods, context                                                    Register by 18 Mar 2021
                       (T192) (30 credits)                                                      Option
                                                                                                modules
Stage 1 120 credits

                                                                                                Awarded          Entry requirements
                                                                                                qualification    No specific requirements
                       Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production
                       (T193) (30 credits)                                                                       Assessment
                                                                                                                 Depending on the
                                                                                                                 modules you choose
                                                                                                                 to study, you may be
                                                                                                                 assessed in any or all
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range                                                of the following ways:
                       of OU level 1 modules
                                                                                                                 ‒ Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                                                                                                                 ‒ End-of-module
                                                                                                                    assessments
                       Core engineering A                                                                        ‒ Examinations
                       (T271) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Study duration
Stage 2 120 credits

                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                       Energy and sustainability (T213) (30 credits) OR                                          Full time: 3 years

                       Design for engineers (T218) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Mode of study
                                                                                                                 As the BSc (Hons)
                                                                                                                 Combined STEM can
                                                                                                                 be made up of a range
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range                                                of different modules,
                                                                                                                 the learning materials
                       of OU level 2 modules
                                                                                                                 provided, use of online
                                                                                                                 forums and inclusion of
                                                                                                                 collaborative work will
                                                                                                                 depend on the modules
                                                                                                                 you choose to study

                       Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies
                       (T356) (30 credits)
Stage 3 120 credits

                       Renewable energy
                       (T313) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range
                       of OU level 3 STEM modules
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                Find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register
                       BSc (HONS) COMBINED STEM
                                                                                                                Visit openuniversity.
                                                                                                                      co.uk/r28
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    Call 0300 303 5303
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