YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

 
YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
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Your 2021/2022

UNDERGRADUATE
Prospectus
YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
Welcome to The Open University. Whether you’re seeking
inspiration, looking to change direction or searching for a new
beginning, you’re in the right place.

–   The roadmap to your new career.
–   An opportunity to gain new skills.
–   The chance to explore your passion.
–   A way to create a better life for you and your family.
–   The next chapter in your learning journey.

Whatever you want to achieve, we’re here to help you make it happen.
Join over two million people who’ve freed their ambition with us.

YOUR AMBITION
OUR MISSION.
YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
YOUR NEXT
    ACHIEVEMENT
    STARTS HERE

    This prospectus         Welcome to
                                                                  ― An OU qualification is widely
    is the start of         The Open University
                                                                    respected by businesses,
    your journey and        We’ve pioneered distance                with 77% of FTSE 100
                            learning for over 50 years.             companies sponsoring staff
    will cover:             This pioneering spirit is why           to study with us.
                            we are experts in delivering
                                                                  ― More CEOs and Managing
                            distance education, both in
                                                                    Directors of UK companies have
                            the UK and across 157 countries
                                                                    studied with us than any other
                            worldwide, and why we lead
                                                                    UK university.
      what you can study    the way for innovative teaching
                            and research.                         ― 86% of our alumni say studying
                                                                    with us helped them achieve
      how long it’ll take   Every day, we support our
                                                                    their career goals.
                            students to achieve their goals
                            around other important things in      ― 74% of our students are already
      how distance          their lives. It’s what we do.           in work, balancing their careers
      learning works        The Open University was
                                                                    with their studies.
                            established by Royal Charter          ― We are the largest UK university
      your funding          on 23 April 1969. We’ve come a          for undergraduate education.
                            long way since then, constantly
      options               innovating at every step to make      ― Throughout our 48-year
                            sure that our founding mission –        partnership with the BBC, we’ve
                                                                    co-produced numerous TV
      how to register.      enabling access to education for
                            all – remains as relevant now as it     and radio series – like Sir David
                            did 50 years ago.                       Attenborough’s Blue Planet II
                                                                    and A Perfect Planet.

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YOUR 2021/2022 UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
STEP ONE – FREE YOUR AMBITION
Bringing university to you, wherever you are          4

How do we compare with other universities?            5

Achieve your goals with us                            6

Enhance your career prospects                         7

STEP TWO – EXPLORE YOUR AMBITION
What you can study                                    8

Building your qualification                           9

Prepare for study with an Access module               10

How long your qualification will take                 12

How we support you                                    13

How you’ll learn                                      14

STEP THREE – FEES AND FUNDING
Your fees and funding options                         16

STEP FOUR – FIND A COURSE
Undergraduate courses                                 19

STEP FIVE – ACHIEVE YOUR AMBITION
How to register                                       36

Useful information                                    37

Get in touch                                   Back cover

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BRINGING UNIVERSITY TO YOU,
    WHEREVER YOU ARE
    At the Open University, we pride ourselves on being unconventional.
    There’s no right order to do things in life, only what’s right for you.
    We’ll help you get where you want to be.

    Learn on your terms                 Spark your imagination              Connect with
    Learning with us is flexible and    From online tutorials, to           like‑minded students
    supportive, guided by expert        books, to the virtual learning      Module discussion groups are
    tutors every step of the way.       environment, you’ll study using     there for you to talk about your
                                        a variety of digital and physical   subject, coursework or to share
    We’ll give you all the essential
                                        resources. So however you learn     study methods. You can also
    course resources and materials
                                        best, we’ll keep you inspired.      connect with us on social media
    you need. Plus, our dedicated
                                                                            or join one of the many informal
    student support team is             Our assessment                      social media groups set up by
    always there to help you if
                                        methods                             your fellow students.
    you need advice.
                                        Depending on your course,           When you register, you’ll become
    ― You decide when and
                                        we’ll use a blend of written        a member of our students
      where you learn.
                                        assignments, oral and practical     association. This community
    ― You can keep on earning           assessments, projects, exams,       gives you the chance to meet
      while you learn.                  dissertations and portfolios.       fellow students and help
                                        For more on assessments,            influence University decisions.
    ― You can fit study around other    visit openuniversity.co.uk/         For more information visit,
      life commitments.                 assessment.                         openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.
    ― You can fund your studies in
                                        Additional study                    Get social with us
      a way that suits you.
                                        support
                                                                              @OUstudents
    Learn from the best                 Did you know that we support          @OUstudents
    Our network of more than 5,000      more disabled students than           @OUstudentslive
    expert tutors deliver innovative,   any other UK university? We’ll
    insightful teaching and many        provide access to tools and
    combine their work as tutors        guidance and ensure you get the
    with academic or industry roles.    appropriate level of support to
                                        make the best of your studies.

                                        There’s been a lot on in the last few years; we had my
                                        son, I moved jobs, and I moved house again. The OU’s
                                        flexibility certainly does make things easier, it really
                                        complements that kind of lifestyle.
                                        Jack Brooke
                                        OU graduate

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HOW DO WE COMPARE
WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES?

                                                                                                             FREE YOUR AMBITION
An OU qualification is exactly the same as one from a
campus-based university, but our unique approach to
learning means you don’t have to put your life on hold.

Distance is in our DNA
We’ve been bringing university
to our students, wherever
they are, for over 50 years.
Our resources are designed
for distance learning, and we
know how to best fit study
around busy lives.

We’re respected
A combination of education
and experience is highly sought
after and can greatly enhance
your employment prospects.
An OU qualification allows
you to put what you learn into
practice immediately. You’ll be
able to show you’re dedicated,
driven and committed –
personal qualities that are
valued in any workplace.

We’re flexible                       We’re a thriving               We’re open to all
Studying with the OU allows you
                                     community                      We believe that your ability isn’t
to work as you learn and apply       You’ll be joining one of the   only based on your previous
your new skills and knowledge        most diverse, dynamic          qualifications. That’s why there
in the real world.                   and inclusive student          are no formal academic entry
                                     communities. Whatever your     requirements for most of our
There’s no such thing as a typical
                                     goals, we’re here to help      undergraduate courses.
OU student. You’ll decide how
                                     and champion you to fulfil
and when you want to study.
                                     your ambition.
Our tutors and Student Support
Teams are used to helping            More than 170,000 students
students balance study with          study with us each year. Now
other commitments.                   it’s your turn to join them.

                                                                    MORE INFORMATION
                                                                    Find out more about
                                                                    The Open University.

                                                                                Visit
                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                learning

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ACHIEVE YOUR
    GOALS WITH US
    Since we were              We will:                       You can expect:
    founded, over 50           help you get a qualification   materials that are designed
    years ago, we’ve           to suit you and your goals     with you in mind

    helped more than           provide a flexible learning    continuous innovation and
    two million people         experience that works with
                               you and your life
                                                              accessible learning, whatever
                                                              your circumstances
    realise their potential.
                               use technology and teaching    access to world-class
                               methods that enhance your      resources, whenever you
                               study experience               need them

                               support you every step of      qualifications that are
                               the way.                       respected by employers
                                                              around the world.

                                                              Open Diaries
                                                              The Open Diaries is a
                                                              collection of videos from our
                                                              students and tutors, sharing
                                                              what it’s like to take that life-
                                                              changing step.

                                                              Keen to hear more from
                                                              people who decided to make
                                                              that change?

                                                                            Visit
                                                                            openuniversity.
                                                                            co.uk/diaries

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FREE YOUR AMBITION
ENHANCE YOUR
CAREER PROSPECTS

Research shows that employers highly
value Open University students for the skills,
strengths, and knowledge gained during                                     My OU study has
their studies. 85% of alumni that completed                                opened doors for me.
the Employability of Qualifiers Survey 2020                                The careers service has
agree that their OU study has helped them                                  greatly assisted me in
achieve their career goals. Our qualifications                             progressing my career,
really do boost your job prospects.                                        helping me to move
                                                                           into a new role.
From day one, you’ll discover         ― a range of careers guides,
opportunities you might not             career learning events,
have realised were possible. You’ll     discussion forums, webinars        Nalini Gohil
get exclusive access to our online      and Facebook Live chats            OU graduate
platform, OpportunityHub,
                                      ― handy, bite-sized resources
where employers like the BBC,
                                        such as podcasts and
Teach First, BMW and HMRC
                                        on-demand videos
come to recruit Open University
students for virtual internships,     ― online interview practice, CV
work placements, graduate               building and review tools with
schemes and permanent roles.            built-in artificial intelligence
With such a diverse student           ― ways to connect with
population, careers and                 employers, such as virtual
employability support at the OU
has been developed to support
                                        site visits, OU Online
                                                                             Step one,
                                                                             complete.
                                        TalentConnect careers fairs,
a wide range of students with           panel events, employer
differing needs and from all            showcases and workshops
backgrounds across the UK.                                                   Little steps add up to huge
                                      ― online Careers Café and              achievements and, by
Once you’re registered to start         LinkedIn peer-to-peer support        reading this prospectus,
your qualification, you’ll get          and networking communities.          you’ve already taken the
access to:                                                                   first one.
                                      For more information, visit
― a team of experienced careers       openuniversity.co.uk/careers.          Make the change, continue
  professionals for individual                                               reading and begin exploring
  guidance, group workshops                                                  your ambition.
  and self-service resources

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WHAT YOU
    CAN STUDY

    Whatever the             Certificate of
    change you want          higher education
    to make, whatever        Get a general grounding or
                             improve your understanding        Studying was such
    your goal, it starts     of a subject area.
                                                               a refreshing change
    here with one of over    Diploma of                        from work. I was learning
    200 qualifications.      higher education                  new things all the time
    You can study            Expand your knowledge
                                                               and challenging myself
    towards a degree         and improve your skill set
                                                               to think more carefully
                             in a specialised area.
    or start with a                                            and in a more
                             Foundation degree
    certificate or diploma                                     structured way.
                             Focus on a subject related to
    of higher education      what you’re doing now, either
    and build on your        workwise or voluntarily.          Matt Georges
    studies as you go.       Named degree                      OU graduate

                             Complete modules in a specific
                             subject to earn an honours
                             degree and open doors to
                             a new interest or career.

                             Open degree
                             Design your own honours
                             degree and include modules
                             from different subject areas to
                             suit your interests and needs.
                                                               FIND OUT MORE
                                                               Find the course to match
                                                               your ambition.

                                                                          Visit
                                                                          openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                          course‑types

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BUILDING YOUR

                                                                                                                       EXPLORE YOUR AMBITION
QUALIFICATION

You’ll need to build up a certain                                              Access module
number of credits to gain your                                    An optional module to build your confidence
                                                                       and prepare you for further study.
qualification. Here’s how it works:
                                                                  To complete Stage 1, you’ll need 120 credits,
The different stages                                               studying modules worth 30 or 60 credits.

                                                        Stage 1
― Complete one stage for a certificate of higher
  education, two stages for a diploma of higher
  education or foundation degree, and three                                       120 credits
  stages to gain an honours degree.
                                                                        Certificate of higher education
― To complete each stage, you must build up a set
  number of credits.
                                                                   To complete Stage 2, you’ll need a further
The credits you need                                               120 credits, studying modules worth 30 or
― You’ll need 120 credits to complete each stage.                                   60 credits.
                                                        Stage 2

  This means you’ll need 360 credits in total to earn
  an honours degree.
                                                                                  240 credits
― Credits are gained by successfully
  completing modules.                                                  Diploma of higher education or
                                                                            Foundation degree
The modules available
― With each module you successfully complete,                      To complete Stage 3, you’ll need a further
  you’ll earn a set number of credits, usually                     120 credits, studying modules worth 30 or
  either 30 or 60.                                                                  60 credits.
                                                        Stage 3

― Modules are either compulsory or chosen from
  a range of options.                                                             360 credits

                                                                               Honours degree

   Have you
   studied before?                                                             READ MORE
                                                                               Find out more about credits
   If you’ve studied at university level before,
                                                                               and modules and how you work
   you could count this study towards an OU
                                                                               towards a qualification.
   qualification. This could save you time and
   money by reducing the number of modules                                                 Visit
   you need to study. For more on credit transfer,                                         openuniversity.co.uk/
   visit openuniversity.co.uk/credit‑transfer.                                             credits

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PREPARE FOR STUDY WITH
     AN ACCESS MODULE
     We’re different to                    You can choose to dive straight        materials are a blend of
                                           into your qualification at Stage 1     printed and online resources.
     other universities                    or you can get started with an         You’ll engage with the materials
     because we’re open                    optional Access module. If you         to complete tasks such as
                                           aren’t sure where to start, you        online quizzes and tutor-marked
     to people based                       can find more information on           assignments. At the end, you’ll
     on their potential                    the best starting point for you on     demonstrate your learning
                                           our website, visit openuniversity.     by completing a final written
     rather than their                     co.uk/ready.                           assignment. There’s no exam.
     prior qualifications.                 An Access module is a great            Access modules start every
     Our students come                     place to start if you want a gentle    February, May and October and
     from a diverse                        introduction to Open University
                                           study. It can also help you find
                                                                                  usually last for 30 weeks. Each
                                                                                  week requires around nine or ten
     range of academic                     out more about your interests          hours of study. If your module
     backgrounds, so                       and where you want your
                                           learning to take you.
                                                                                  has the fast track option, you can
                                                                                  increase your study time and
     we offer a choice                                                            complete your Access module in
                                           How Access
     of starting points                    modules work
                                                                                  just 18 weeks.

     depending on how                                                             What you need
                                           You’ll have a dedicated tutor,
     confident you are in                  who’ll provide academic support        You’ll get access to your module
                                                                                  website and your books and
     your study skills.                    via email and one-to-one phone
                                                                                  other printed materials will be
                                           tutorials. Your Student Support
                                           Team will be on hand to help           posted out to you. All you need is:
                                           with everything else, including        ― a phone
                                           fees and funding, administrative
                                           support, and study-related             ― a computer with
                                           guidance. Your Access module             internet access.

       What you can study
       Each Access module covers relevant topics and develops the skills you’ll need to successfully
       complete a qualification.

       Arts and languages Access            People, work and society             Science, technology and
       module (Y031)                        Access module (Y032)                 maths Access module (Y033)
       Gain a broad and diverse             Get compelling insights              Grow your knowledge in a
       introduction to nine subject         into a wide range of areas,          range of technical subjects,
       areas. Study art history; English    including childhood and              including science; engineering
       language; English literature;        youth studies; social science;       and design; environment;
       creative writing; modern             psychology; health; business;        mathematics; and computing
       languages; history; religious        and law. This module will help       and IT. As the foundation for
       studies; classical studies; and      you to improve your subject          further studies in these fields,
       music. This fascinating module       knowledge in those areas             this module will help build your
       is ideal if you’re looking to        particularly, but also prepare       confidence and prepare you for
       explore your creative side           you for further study on a wide      more OU study.
       and hone your study skills.          variety of OU qualifications.
       Also available as Arts and
       languages Access module:
       fast track (YXFT031).

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EXPLORE YOUR AMBITION
Do you qualify for a free           How much does an
Access module?                      Access module cost?
You can study an Access module      If you don’t qualify to study for
for free if you:                    free, the cost depends on where     I chose an Access
                                    you live.
― live in the UK (excludes                                              module to get me
  Channel Islands and Isle of       ― In England, the Channel           back into education.
  Man) or have a British Forces       Islands and the Isle of Man
  Post Office address                 it’s £792.                        I’m now working
― are studying the module to        ― In Northern Ireland and           towards an honours
  prepare for an OU qualification     Scotland it’s £264.               degree. This wouldn’t
  (this doesn’t apply if you live
  in Scotland)
                                    ― In Wales it’s £321.               have been possible
― have a household income
                                    You can pay up front by debit or    without the OU.
                                    credit card, or by bank transfer.
  (or, in Scotland, a personal
                                    Or spread the cost with an Open
  income) of £25,000 or less, or
                                    University Student Budget           Michelle Brennan
  you receive qualifying benefits
                                    Account – for more, see page 17.    OU student
― have completed less than
                                    If you’re studying an Access
  one year of a full-time
                                    module as part of an OU
  undergraduate programme
                                    qualification and you live in
  at FHEQ or CQFW level 4/
                                    England, Wales or Northern
  SCQF level 7 or above, and not
                                    Ireland, you could cover the cost
  completed 30 credits or more
                                    with a student loan – for more,
  of OU study.
                                    see page 16.

                                                                        MORE INFORMATION
                                                                        Find out more about our
                                                                        Access modules.
    Students who start with an
    Access module are more likely to be                                            Visit
                                                                                   openuniversity.co.uk/
    SUCCESSFUL                                                                     ug‑access
    when they advance to OU Stage 1 study.
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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     We give you the flexibility to choose the
     amount of study you want to take on each year.                                                               For more
                                                                                                                  information on
     That means you can get the qualification you                                                                 finding time to
     want in a timeframe that works for you.                                                                      study, and to
                                                                                                                  use our time
                                                                                                                  planner tool, visit
     Most of our students study part time, gaining 60 credits a year. That’s like                                 openuniversity.
     studying at half the rate of a full-time course at a campus-based university.                                co.uk/time.
     If you want to complete your study at full-time equivalent intensity, you’ll
     need to gain 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 on our website for more information.
     All OU students are considered part-time students. This remains the same even if you choose to study at a full-time equivalent intensity.
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EXPLORE YOUR AMBITION
HOW WE
SUPPORT YOU

You’re never alone when you’re studying
with The Open University. Your community
of expert tutors and fellow students are                                 There is a community at The
here to support you every step of the way.                               Open University. Everyone
                                                                         supports each other. One
For each module, you’ll have a dedicated tutor who’ll be your first      tutor that really inspired me
point of contact for any queries. They’ll lead regular tutorials, mark
your assignments, provide detailed written feedback, and give            was Michael. His words of
support over the phone, through email, or online.                        encouragement gave me a
Our Students Association, OU Community forums and range of               confidence boost. My grades
societies and groups mean you’re connected to one of the UK’s
largest student communities.
                                                                         just kept on improving
                                                                         and improving.

                                                                         Joe Acaye
                                                                         OU student

                                                                         READ MORE
                                                                         Find out more about how you’ll be
                                                                         supported during your studies.

                                                                                    Visit
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                    community

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HOW YOU’LL
     LEARN
     With regular tutorials           The virtual learning environment    What you need
                                      or ‘module website’ contains all
     and an online hub to             the online study resources you’ll
                                                                          To study with us, you’ll need:

     manage your studies,             need, including:                    ― a computer with internet
                                                                            access. Don’t worry if you
     you’ll have everything           ― a week-by-week study planner
                                                                            haven’t got access to one
     you need to succeed.             ― an assessment section, giving       right now – you could receive
                                        details of your assignments         financial support to help you
                                        and their due dates                 buy one
     Once you’ve registered, you’ll
     have access to StudentHome       ― the tutorial booking system       ― a good grasp of the English
     where you’ll be able to:                                               language. We teach our
                                      ― your online tutorial room and
                                                                            courses in English. If you’re
     ― see an overview of your          your tutor’s contact details
                                                                            not sure whether your
       course and the modules         ― module forums where you             English is at the right level,
       you’re studying                  can discuss topics with other       go to openuniversity.co.uk/
     ― submit your assignments          students and complete               englishlanguage for help
                                        collaborative work online           and guidance.
     ― choose and enrol on your
       next module                    ― PDF and accessible formats
                                        of your module materials
     ― visit our online Help Centre     and resources.
     ― access your virtual learning
       environment.

                                                                             Ready
                                                                             for the
                                                                             next step?
                                                                             Read on to discover more
                                                                             about how we can
                                                                             help you fund your studies
                                                                             and the qualifications
                                                                             you could earn.

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EXPLORE YOUR AMBITION

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YOUR FEES AND
     FUNDING OPTIONS
     We believe cost shouldn’t be                       FOR THOSE LIVING IN                        Funding your studies
     a barrier to achieving your                        NORTHERN IRELAND
                                                        OR SCOTLAND                                ENGLAND AND WALES
     potential. That’s why our tuition
     fees are among the most                            Credits               Cost
                                                        each year             per year4            Part‑Time Tuition Fee Loan
     competitive in the UK. Whatever
                                                                                                   If you live in England or Wales
     your circumstances, we’re                          60                    £1,056               the best way to fund your
     here to help you find a way of
                                                        120                   £2,112               undergraduate studies, regardless
     funding your studies that suits
                                                                                                   of age or income, might be with
     your circumstances.                            In Northern Ireland and Scotland,
                                                                                                   a student loan. In fact, 80% of OU
                                                    the total cost for a typical
     How much does it cost?                         360-credit honours degree
                                                                                                   students in England and Wales
                                                                                                   fund their studies this way.
                                                    based on today’s prices is £6,336.
     You’ll fund your studies on a module-
     by-module basis, which means you
                                                    4
                                                        2021/22 prices (exceptions apply); fees    Key facts
                                                        normally increase annually in line with
     won’t have to pay for your whole                   inflation and the University’s strategic   ― You don’t have to pay anything
     qualification up front. We’ve given                approach to fees.                            up front. Repayments only start
     you an idea of costs below:                                                                     when your salary exceeds the
                                                    WHAT’S INCLUDED?
                                                                                                     income threshold, which is
         FOR THOSE LIVING IN
         ENGLAND                                    Your module materials, tuition,                  currently £27,295.
                                                    assessment and exams are all
         Credits               Cost                                                                ― Repayments are deducted
                                                    included in our module fees.
         each year             per year1                                                             automatically from your salary.
                                                    There are some additional costs
         60                    £3,168               that aren’t included.                          ― You can pay off the loan early
         120                   £6,336                                                                without any penalties.
                                                    ― You’ll need your own computer
                                                      and internet access.                         ― Any balance outstanding after
     In England, the total cost for
     a 360-credit honours degree                                                                     30 years will be written off.
                                                    ― For some modules, you may
     based on today’s prices is                       need to buy additional set                   Here’s how your monthly student
     £19,008. That’s two-thirds                       books, such as fiction books or              loan repayments could look:
     the cost of an equivalent                        a language dictionary.
     qualification offered at a                                                                        Income each     Monthly
     campus-based university –                      ― You may need to pay for travel                   year before tax repayment5
     a saving of over 30%. 2                          to tutorials or exams.
                                                                                                       Up to £27,295         £0
     1
         2021/22 prices; fees normally increase     ― A handful of our modules
         annually in line with inflation and the                                                       £29,000               £12.79
                                                      include a residential school. For
         University’s strategic approach to fees.
                                                      these, you’ll need to fund the                   £34,000               £50.29
     2
         Based on maximum chargeable fees
         for the 2021/22 academic year.               cost of travel to the residential
                                                                                                   5
                                                                                                       Repayments are based on what you earn, not
                                                      school venue. There may also
                                                                                                       what you owe. You’ll repay 9% of what you
         FOR THOSE LIVING IN WALES                    be additional costs for meals                    earn over £27,295. For example, if you earn
                                                      and accommodation.                               £29,000, you’ll repay £153.45 that year (9% of
         Credits               Cost                                                                    £1,705). That’s just £12.79 per month.
         each year             per year3
         60                    £1,284                                                              Already have an
                                                                                                   undergraduate degree?
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     In Wales, the total cost for a                                                                loan. You just need to be living in
     typical 360-credit honours degree                                                             England or Wales and looking to
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WALES                                    eligible if your personal income       Mixed payments
                                         is £25,000 or less, or you’re on       Combine your payment
If you live in Wales, you can also
                                         certain benefits, and you’re           options to fund your studies
apply for maintenance grants
                                         studying at least 30 credits a year.   the way you want.
and, if you need one, a top-up
                                         The fee grant and top-up funding

                                                                                                                         FEES AND FUNDING
maintenance loan, to help with
                                         aren’t loans, so you won’t need to
living costs.
                                         pay any of it back.                      OPEN UNIVERSITY
Maintenance grants                                                                STUDENT BUDGET
You could be eligible for up to          Other support                            ACCOUNT (OUSBA)
£4,500 a year. The money you             Carers’ Bursary                          When you enrol with
receive isn’t a loan – you won’t need    If you provide unpaid care for a         us, you’ll be offered the
to pay any of it back. The amount        friend or family member who              opportunity to pay your fees
you’ll be awarded is determined by       cannot cope without your support,        through a loan from OUSBA.
your household income and the            you may be eligible for a bursary
rate at which you study.                 of £250 to support you with your         Here’s how it works
                                         study costs.                             OUSBA will pay your fees
Maintenance loans
                                                                                  to The Open University and
You’ll also be eligible to apply for a   Care Experienced Bursary                 then you can choose to
non-means-tested maintenance             If you have been in care of a Local      repay OUSBA:
loan, should you need it, to ‘top        Authority at any stage of your life,
up’ the financial support you’ve         you may be eligible for a bursary        ― in a single sum before
received from grants.                    of £250 to support you with your           your course starts. There’s
                                         study costs.                               no interest to pay with
NORTHERN IRELAND                                                                    this option
                                         Disabled Students’ Allowance
If you live in Northern Ireland, you     You could access financial support       ― in monthly instalments
could be eligible for a fee grant        towards study costs incurred as a          of up to a year. With this
and/or loan to help towards the          result of your disability.                 option interest does apply.
cost of your tuition fees.
                                         Disabled Veterans’                       The interest rate is fixed for
Part‑Time Tuition Fee Grant              Scholarships Fund                        the duration of the course
You could be eligible for up to          If you’ve been injured in, or due        (representative APR 5.1%).
£1,230 a year. The money you             to, military service, you could be       If you’re worried about
receive isn’t a loan – you won’t         eligible for funding to complete a       affordability or a poor credit
need to pay any of it back. The          full Open University qualification.      history, you can apply for a
amount you’ll be awarded is                                                       joint loan application with
determined by your household             Employer sponsorship                     a third party. This could be
income and the rate at which             Your employer could partially            with a partner, sibling or
you study.                               or fully pay your module fees.           friend, for example.
Part‑Time Tuition Fee Loan               Study related costs                      As a responsible lender,
If you’re not eligible for the grant,    If you’re on a low household             OUSBA carries out
or if it doesn’t cover the full cost     income or receive certain                affordability checks as part
of your tuition fees, you can pay in     benefits, you might be eligible          of the application process.
full or in part using an alternative     for additional funding for study-
payment method, such as a Part-          related costs, such as travel,           To find out more about
Time Tuition Fee Loan.                   childcare and internet access.           OUSBA, visit openuniversity.
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Course Grant                             Self‑funded study
You may also be eligible for a
non-repayable Course Grant of up         If you’re not eligible for student
to a maximum of £265 a year. It’s        loan or grant funding, we offer
intended to help with course-            a range of other funding options.
related costs, such as a computer,       OUSBA loan
internet access, stationery or
travel to tutorials.
                                         Pay your fees in instalments
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SCOTLAND                                                                        undergraduate fees and funding.
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FIND A COURSE

You may be looking for        UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
a flexible approach to
                              Open qualifications                     20
getting a qualification,
in which case you’ll find     Arts and humanities                     21

our Open qualifications       Business and management                 22

provide you with a unique     Computing and IT                        23
way to tailor study to your
                              Education, childhood, youth and sport   24
needs and interests.
                              Engineering, design and technology      25
Or, if you’d like to focus
                              Environment and development             26
on a subject but are
unsure of which one,          Health and social care                  27

the introductions to the      Languages and applied linguistics       29
subjects we offer on the      Law                                     30
following pages may help
                              Mathematics and statistics              31
you decide.
                              Psychology and counselling              32

                              Science                                 33

                              Social sciences                         34

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OPEN
     QUALIFICATIONS

     Do you want the freedom to study a
     range of subjects that interest you?
     Then our Open qualifications are ideal.

     What is an Open                       Open qualifications                 Degrees
     qualification?                        and your career                     ― BA/BSc (Hons) Open
     Put simply, an Open qualification     Achieving an Open qualification       degree (QD)
     means choice. It allows you           demonstrates your exposure          ― BSc (Hons) Combined
     the freedom to choose from            to different subjects and             STEM (R28)
     a variety of modules across           disciplines, affording you the
     subject areas and design a            opportunity to develop a rich       Diploma of
     qualification that reflects your      world-view in the process.          higher education
     interests and aspirations.            You’ll also have a highly
                                           employable set of skills and        ― Diploma of Higher Education
     You can:                              attributes, including:                Open (W34)
     ― Tailor your qualification to suit   ― adaptability                      Certificate of
       your needs.
                                           ― critical thinking                 higher education
     ― Choose modules from a wide
       range of subject areas.             ― analysis and problem solving.     ― Certificate of Higher
                                                                                 Education Open (T09)
     ― Study to fit your evolving career   Research shows that almost
       ambitions or personal interests.    86% of graduate job vacancies
                                           are open to graduates of any
     ― Open up your career prospects.      subject (Institute of Student
     ― Count previous study towards        Employers, 2019). Employers
       your qualification.                 also value the personal qualities
                                           needed to achieve a degree
     You can even choose which             through distance learning.
     level of qualification suits your
     ambitions. Study towards an
     honours degree with a BA/
     BSc (Hons) Open; Diploma of
     Higher Education Open; or
     Certificate of Higher Education
     Open. All with the option to
     create a bespoke qualification
     that’s individual to you.

     And, if you want to focus on                                              NEXT STEPS
     science, technology, engineering
                                                                               Request a copy of our Open
     or mathematics, we offer a BSc
                                                                               Qualifications Prospectus –
     (Hons) Combined STEM that allows
                                                                               see page 37.
     you to build your own degree from
     a wide range of modules and study                                                    Visit
     routes in these specialisms.                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/qd

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ARTS AND

                                                                                                                       UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
HUMANITIES

Explore human culture and history, from                                       Diplomas of
ancient civilisations to the twenty-first                                     higher education
century. In doing so, gain a deeper insight                                   ― Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                in Arts and Humanities (W59)
into the world we live in and how we got here.
                                                                              ― Diploma of Higher Education
Maybe you’re intrigued by ideas       Degrees                                   in Art History and Visual
about human existence, or the                                                   Cultures (W72)
world’s religions, societies and      ― BA (Hons) Arts and
                                        Humanities (R14)                      ― Diploma of Higher Education
their histories. Perhaps you’d like
                                                                                in Classical Studies (W62)
to explore literary and artistic      ― BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities
cultures and objects. It might be       (Art History); (Classical Studies);   ― Diploma of Higher Education
you want to develop your creative       (Creative Writing); (English            in English (W61)
practice as a writer or musician.       Language); (English Literature);      ― Diploma of Higher Education
Studying arts and humanities            (History); (Music); (Philosophy);       in English Language (W85)
with the OU will give you an            (Religious Studies); (French);
                                        (German); or (Spanish) (R14)          ― Diploma of Higher Education
adaptable set of skills that can
                                                                                in History (W66)
lead to a vast range of career        ― BA (Hons) Art History and
opportunities. That’s whether           Visual Cultures (R27)                 ― Diploma of Higher Education
you’re developing your current                                                  in History and Politics (W64)
role, retraining, or starting in a    ― BA (Hons) Classical
new direction.                          Studies (Q85)                         ― Diploma of Higher Education
                                                                                in Music (W65)
You’ll learn to work                  ― BA (Hons) English
independently, think critically         Language (R54)                        ― Diploma of Higher
and read analytically, organise                                                 Education in Philosophy and
                                      ― BA (Hons) English Language              Psychological Studies (W63)
information, and write clearly
                                        and Literature (Q39)
and coherently. You’ll become                                                 ― Diploma of Higher Education
an effective communicator,            ― BA (Hons) English                       in Religion, Philosophy and
enhancing your career prospects         Literature (Q66)                        Ethics (W79)
as well as gaining confidence in
                                      ― BA (Hons) English Literature
other areas of your life.                                                     Certificates of
                                        and Creative Writing (Q86)
Arts and humanities graduates                                                 higher education
                                      ― BA (Hons) History (Q01)
are particularly good at using                                                ― Certificate of Higher Education
creative problem-solving abilities    ― BA (Hons) History and                   in Arts and Humanities (T32)
to connect different ideas              Politics (Q97)
and concepts.                                                                 ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                      ― BA (Hons) Music (R25)                   in English Language (T44)
Such skills are valued by potential
employers and can be put to           ― BA (Hons) Philosophy and
                                        Psychological Studies (Q43)
use in virtually any organisation,                                            NEXT STEPS
across many different areas of        ― BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy
employment. You could work in                                                 Request a copy of our Arts
                                        and Economics (Q45)
the public or private sectors, from                                           and Humanities Prospectus –
administration, local government,     ― BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy        see page 37.
the civil service, and social           and Ethics (R45)
                                                                                         Visit
services, to arts institutions,                                                          openuniversity.co.uk/arts
education, journalism, publishing
or public relations.
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BUSINESS AND
     MANAGEMENT

     It’s easy to see why business and
     management is such a popular study choice.
     And why hundreds of leading employers each
     year sponsor their staff to study with the OU.
     A competitive global economy      You’ll learn about the way             Diplomas of
     means a good grounding in         businesses operate, how they
                                                                              higher education
     business is becoming more and     develop strategies, make
     more useful if you want to get    decisions and manage risk. You’ll      ― Diploma of Higher
     ahead in life. Whether you’re     also gain valuable insight into          Education in Business
     running your own company or       key business functions such              Management (W51)
     focusing on a corporate career,   as finance, human resources,
                                                                              ― Diploma of Higher Education
     get the skills to get ahead.      information technology, and
                                                                                in Business Management
                                       sales and marketing. In acquiring
     Whatever your starting                                                     and French; German; or
                                       this real-world knowledge, which
     point or background, The                                                   Spanish (W86)
                                       you can apply immediately
     Open University Business
                                       in your professional life, you’ll      ― Diploma of Higher Education
     School offers high quality
                                       also develop a wide range of             in Computing & IT and
     qualifications. Each year we
                                       general business skills. Skills like     Business (W42)
     help over 25,000 students
                                       communication, numeracy and
     across 86 countries acquire the
                                       presentation, which are valued         Certificates of
     capabilities and confidence to
     achieve business goals in both
                                       by employers.                          higher education
     the private and public/not-for-   Degrees                                ― Certificate of Higher Education
     profit sectors.                                                            in Business Management (T27)
                                       ― BA (Hons) Business
                                         Management (Q91)                     ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                in Business Management
                                       ― BA (Hons) Business                     and French; German; or
                                         Management (Accounting);               Spanish (T45)
                                         (Economics); (Innovation
                                         and Enterprise); (Leadership         ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                         Practice); or (Marketing) (Q91)        in Computing & IT and
                                                                                Business (T13)
                                       ― BA (Hons) Business
                                         Management and French;
                                         German; or Spanish (R55)

                                       ― BSc (Hons) Computing & IT
                                         and Business (Q67)

                                                                              NEXT STEPS
                                                                              Request a copy of our Business
                                                                              and Management Prospectus –
                                                                              see page 37.

                                                                                         Visit
                                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                         business‑management

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COMPUTING

                                                                                                                 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
AND IT

Virtually everything we do involves computing
and IT – online shopping, messaging friends,
even using household gadgets.

At the heart of digital devices     ― BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and       Design; Mathematics;
are computers. These can              Business; Design; Mathematics;      Psychology; or Statistics (T13)
be anything from the small,           Psychology; or Statistics (Q67)
                                                                        ― Certificate of Higher
embedded processor in your
                                    ― BSc (Hons) Computing with           Education in Computing
mobile phone, to ecommerce
                                      Electronic Engineering (R62)        and Engineering (T47)
and internet servers. Most of
us take this technology for         ― BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (R60)   ― Certificate of Higher Education
granted, yet understanding                                                in Data Analysis (T42)
it is fascinating.                  ― Top-up BSc (Hons) Computing
                                      and IT Practice (Q68)             Apprenticeships
Whether you have an enquiring
mind, or are looking to improve     ― BSc (Hons) Data Science (R38)     The Open University is listed on
your career, the OU offers a        ― BSc (Hons) Combined               the Education and Skills Funding
wide choice of study options          STEM (R28)                        Agency’s register of approved
to suit you.                                                            apprenticeship providers. We
                                    Diplomas of                         offer degree and graduate digital
In such a fast-growing field,
computing and IT professionals
                                    higher education/                   apprenticeships in England,
                                                                        Wales and Scotland. Employers
with a strong skill set are very    Foundation degree                   who want to find out more
much in demand. It’s not only       ― Diploma of Higher Education in    should contact us by email at
the IT sector looking to benefit,     Computing and IT (W36)            apprenticeships@open.ac.uk.
areas such as retail, finance
and manufacturing also value        ― Diploma of Higher Education       Please note apprenticeships are
these skills.                         in Computing & IT and             only available via employers;
                                      Business; Design; Mathematics;    students cannot register directly
Get where you want to be with         Psychology; or Statistics (W42)   with the OU.
an OU qualification, whether
that’s in development or            ― Diploma of Higher Education       For more information, go
operations, technical support         in Computing and IT Practice      to openuniversity.co.uk/
or consultancy. If you’re already     (W15) or Foundation Degree in     apprenticeships.
working in a computing or             Computing and IT Practice (X15)
IT role, OU study ensures you
                                    ― Diploma of Higher Education
remain at the cutting edge,
                                      in Computing with Electronic
a vital competitive advantage
                                      Engineering (W92)
to progress your career.
                                    ― Diploma of Higher Education in
Degrees                               Data Analysis (W77)               NEXT STEPS
― BSc (Hons) Computing                                                  Request a copy of our
                                    Certificates of                     Computing and IT Prospectus –
  and IT (Q62)
                                    higher education                    see page 37.
― BSc (Hons) Computing
  and IT (Communications            ― Certificate of Higher Education               Visit
  and Networking);                    in Computing and IT (T12)                     openuniversity.co.uk/
  (Communications and               ― Certificate of Higher Education               computing
  Software); or (Software) (Q62)      in Computing & IT and Business;
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EDUCATION, CHILDHOOD,
     YOUTH AND SPORT

     In today’s rapidly changing world, what it means to grow
     up, learn and start work is changing too. Increase your
     awareness and appreciation of the factors affecting
     children, young people and families in today’s society.
     If you’re working with – or plan       Degrees                           Certificates of
     to work with – children, young
                                            ― BA (Hons) Childhood and         higher education
     people, families or learners, you
     want to know you’ll gain the right       Youth Studies (Q23)             ― Certificate of Higher Education
     qualifications to help you fulfil      ― BA (Hons) Early                   in Childhood and Youth
     your ambitions. We offer flexible,       Childhood (Q89)                   Studies (T43)
     varied qualifications that allow
                                            ― Top-up BA (Hons) Early          ― Certificate of Higher Education
     you to study at a pace that suits
                                              Childhood (Q90)                   in Early Childhood (T26)
     you. From entry-level certificates
     through to honours degrees.                                              ― Certificate of Higher
                                            ― BA (Hons) Education Studies
                                              (Primary) (Q94)                   Education in Education
     High-quality content and teaching
                                                                                Studies (Primary) (T29)
     build directly on our research to
                                            ― BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and
     give you the best materials to                                           ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                              Coaching (Q76)
     work with through your studies.                                            in Sport, Fitness and
     Along with the new knowledge,          Diplomas of                         Management (T05)
     skills and confidence you’ll gain,     higher education
     OU study opens up many career
                                            ― Diploma of Higher Education
     and personal opportunities.
                                              in Childhood and Youth
     There’s a demand for qualified
                                              Studies (W78)
     people in education; childcare;
     sport and fitness; youth and           ― Diploma of Higher Education
     community work; research;                in Early Childhood (W50)
     the voluntary sector; as well as
                                            ― Diploma of Higher
     local, national and international
                                              Education in Education
     policy development.
                                              Studies (Primary) (W54)
     Education, childhood, youth
                                            ― Diploma of Higher Education
     and sport are high-profile areas
                                              in Sport and Fitness (W07)
     of social policy, where radical
     changes in practice, service
     provision and training take place.
     Our cutting-edge technology
     will put you ahead of the crowd,
     bringing you up-to-date with the
     latest thinking, ideas and research.                                     NEXT STEPS
                                                                              Request a copy of our Education,
                                                                              Childhood, Youth and Sport
                                                                              Prospectus – see page 37.

                                                                                         Visit
                                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                         education‑youth

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ENGINEERING, DESIGN

                                                                                                                             UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
AND TECHNOLOGY

Creative and challenging – engineering,
design and technology is not only stimulating,
but can open up new opportunities.

A qualification in any one of the      Degrees                                      Certificates of
subject areas we offer can bring
                                       ― Bachelor of Engineering                    higher education
real benefits in your professional
life, such as:                           (Hons) (Q65)                               ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                       ― Top-up Bachelor of                           in Engineering (T48)
― exciting employment
  opportunities in business and          Engineering (Hons) (Q78)                   ― Certificate of Higher
  industry, as well as in the public   ― BSc (Hons) Computing with                    Education in Computing
  and voluntary sectors                  Electronic Engineering (R62)                 and Engineering (T47)

― knowledge and expertise              ― BSc (Hons) Computing & IT                  ― Certificate of Higher
  valued in the UK, Europe and           and Design (Q67)                             Education in Computing
  around the world                                                                    & IT and Design (T13)
                                       ― BA/BSc (Hons) Design and
― higher than average earnings,          Innovation (Q61)                           ― Certificate of Higher Education
  particularly if you go on                                                           in Design and Innovation (T37)
  to become a Chartered or             ― Master of Engineering (M04)1
  Incorporated Engineer
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Combined
― a skill set that’s in high demand.     STEM (R28)
                                       1
                                           This is an integrated masters, which
Employers in many sectors seek             starts with undergraduate study before
people with the numerical skills,          progressing to postgraduate.
creativity, scientific knowledge
and team-working experience            Diplomas of
that engineering, technology and
                                       higher education/
design graduates have.
                                       Foundation degree
Explore how to design, engineer
and manage situations where            ― Diploma of Higher Education
technology and people interact.          in Engineering (W93)

You’ll benefit from the highest        ― Foundation Degree in
quality teaching, supported              Engineering (X11)
by our active research in              ― Diploma of Higher Education
design, technology and                   in Computing with Electronic
structural integrity.                    Engineering (W92)

                                       ― Diploma of Higher Education                NEXT STEPS
                                         in Computing & IT and                      Request a copy of our Engineering,
                                         Design (W42)                               Design and Technology Prospectus
                                                                                    – see page 37.
                                       ― Diploma of Higher
                                         Education in Design                                   Visit
                                         and Innovation (W73)                                  openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                               engineering

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ENVIRONMENT AND
     DEVELOPMENT

     Climate change, global trade, energy supply, pollution,
     cultural conflict, biodiversity loss and poverty are
     defining issues in society today. These issues all share
     a common focus in environment and development.
     More than ever, governments,      Degrees                                      Diplomas of
     organisations and individuals
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Environmental                   higher education
     are being challenged to think
     about the impact of their           Science (Q52)                              ― Diploma of Higher
     actions. Through studying                                                        Education in Environmental
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Environmental
     with us, you’ll have the                                                         Science (W47)
                                         Science (Environmental
     opportunity to explore the
                                         Management) (Q52)                          ― Diploma of Higher
     trends and developments
                                       ― Master of Environmental                      Education in Environmental
     shaping our world.
                                         Science (M05)1                               Studies (W58)
     On a personal level, you’ll
                                       ― BA (Hons) Environmental                    ― Diploma of Higher Education
     become a more enlightened
                                         Studies (Q99)                                in Geography (W81)
     and engaged global citizen
     – with a clear appreciation
                                       ― BA (Hons) Geography (R44)                  Certificate of
     of how these issues are seen
     around the world.
                                                                                    higher education
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Geography and
                                         Environmental Science (R16)                ― Certificate of Higher Education
     On a professional level, you’ll
                                                                                      in Environment (T16)
     gain skills and knowledge         ― BA (Hons) International
     that are increasingly               Studies (Q11)
     valued in environment and
     development careers. These        ― BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences
     can be within the voluntary,        (Environmental Science) (Q64)
     public and private sectors.       ― BSc (Hons) Combined
                                         STEM (R28)
                                       1
                                           This is an integrated masters, which
                                           starts with undergraduate study before
                                           progressing to postgraduate.

                                                                                    NEXT STEPS
                                                                                    Request a copy of our Environment
                                                                                    and Development Prospectus –
                                                                                    see page 37.

                                                                                               Visit
                                                                                               openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                                               environment

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HEALTH AND

                                                                                                                      UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
SOCIAL CARE

Health and social care is a vast service sector
undergoing radical and rapid change. The focus
in frontline health and social care is on giving more
independence, choice and control to service users.
This means there’s greater            Degrees                           Diplomas of
demand for well-trained and
                                      ― BA (Hons) Health and Social     higher education/
multi-skilled people across a
range of rewarding employment           Care (R26)                      Foundation degree
opportunities.                                                          ― Diploma of Higher
                                      ― BSc (Hons) Healthcare and
Providing help and care for those       Health Science (Q96)              Education in Health
in need offers a unique sense of                                          and Social Care (W69)
                                      ― BSc (Hons) Health
personal and career fulfilment.                                         ― Diploma of Higher Education
                                        Sciences (Q71)
Through OU study you can                                                  in Health Sciences (W44)
become part of this essential and     ― BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult);
valuable sector or build on your        (Children and Young People);    ― Diploma of Higher Education
existing workplace experience           (Learning Disabilities); or       in Social Care (Scotland) (W31)
and progress your career in a           (Mental Health) (R39)
                                                                        ― Diploma of Higher Education
particular area.                                                          in Sport and Fitness (W07)
                                      ― BA (Hons) Social Work
Our qualifications cover                (England) (Q32)
                                                                        ― Foundation Degree in Nursing
today’s most important issues                                             Associate Practice (X20)1
                                      ― BA (Hons) Social Work
and topics, such as health
                                        (Northern Ireland) (R61)        1
                                                                            Subject to approval by the Nursing
pandemics, mental health,                                                   and Midwifery Council (NMC)
children and families and end-        ― BA (Hons) Social Work
of-life care. They’re designed          (Scotland) (Q41)
to inspire and challenge you.
Some explore broad principles         ― BA (Hons) Social Work
and approaches to caring,               (Scotland) (graduate entry)
while others offer a route to a         (Q50)
professional qualification. All       ― BA (Hons) Social Work
draw on the latest research and         (Wales) (Q42)
the experience of practitioners to
provide you with valuable insight,    ― BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and
skills and knowledge, enabling          Coaching (Q76)                                  Continued on page 28
employment in a range of health,
care and integrated settings.

Our students are a mix of those
employed in a wide range of
settings and levels across the
sector. They’re also service users,
and friends and families involved
in their care.

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Certificates of                     OU certificates
     higher education                    ― Certificate in Health and
     ― Certificate of Higher               Social Care (S33)
       Education in Adult Health         ― Certificate in Health
       and Social Care (T23)               Sciences (S19)
     ― Certificate of Higher Education
       in Children and Families (T24)
                                         Apprenticeships
                                         The OU is listed on the
     ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                         Education and Skills Funding
       in Healthcare Practice (T01)
                                         Agency’s register of approved
     ― Certificate of Higher Education   apprenticeship providers. We
       in Healthcare with Health         currently offer apprenticeships
       Science (T28)                     for registered nurses, nursing
                                         associates and social workers.
     ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                         Employers who want to find out
       in Health Sciences (T18)
                                         more should contact us by email
     ― Certificate of Higher Education   at apprenticeships@open.ac.uk.
       in Social Care (T39)
                                         Please note apprenticeships
     ― Certificate of Higher Education   are only available via
       in Social Care (Scotland) (T03)   employers; students cannot
                                         register directly with the OU.
     ― Certificate of Higher Education   For more information, go to
       in Social Care Practice           openuniversity.co.uk/hsc‑
       (Wales) (T34)                     apprenticeships.
     ― Certificate of Higher Education
       in Sport, Fitness and
       Management (T05)

                                                                           NEXT STEPS
                                                                           Request a copy of our Health
                                                                           and Social Care Prospectus –
                                                                           see page 37.

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                                                                                      health‑social‑care

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LANGUAGES AND

                                                                                                               UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Language is at the heart of cultures and community.
Whether for general interest or to further your
career, learning a new language or about the
English language is both enjoyable and rewarding.
With step-by-step learning in      Degrees                            ― Diploma of Higher Education
French, German or Spanish,                                              in Business Management
whether you’re a beginner or       ― BA (Hons) Language Studies         and French; German; or
want to develop your existing        (English and French); (English     Spanish (W86)
skills, you’ll gain a recognised     and German); (English
                                     and Spanish); (French and        ― Diploma of Higher Education
qualification. You can also
                                     German); (French and               in Law and French; German; or
learn about the English
                                     Spanish); or (German and           Spanish (W87)
language – its history, impact
                                     Spanish) (Q30)
on the world today and role                                           Certificates of
in communication – from            ― BA (Hons) English Language       higher education
Shakespeare to social media.         and Literature (Q39)
                                                                      ― Certificate of Higher Education
Learning a language, and           ― BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities      in Language Studies (T21)
how languages work, opens            (English Language); (French);
doors to other cultures and          (German); or (Spanish) (R14)     ― Certificate of Higher Education
communities. Experience a                                               in Arts and Humanities (T32)
world that goes deeper than        ― BA (Hons) English
                                     Language (R54)                   ― Certificate of Higher Education
any tourist trip ever could.
                                                                        in English Language (T44)
Language learning can also
                                   ― BA (Hons) Business
provide opportunities in the                                          ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                     Management and French;
global workplace.                                                       in Business Management and
                                     German; or Spanish (R55)
                                                                        French; German; or Spanish (T45)
You’ll have expertly designed
                                   ― BA (Hons) Law and French;
printed materials, interactive                                        ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                     German; or Spanish (R56)
online resources and tutorials                                          in Law and French; German; or
with other students. You’ll        Diplomas of                          Spanish (T46)
develop proficiency in four
                                   higher education
key language skills: reading,
writing, listening and speaking.   ― Diploma of Higher Education
                                     in Language Studies (W41)
Studying languages will also
help you to gather, assess and     ― Diploma of Higher Education
interpret information, as well       in English (W61)
as develop your confidence.
                                   ― Diploma of Higher Education
These skills are highly valued
                                     in Arts and Humanities (W59)
by employers, whatever career
you enter.                         ― Diploma of Higher Education      NEXT STEPS
                                     in English Language (W85)        Request a copy of our Languages
                                                                      and Applied Linguistics
                                                                      Prospectus – see page 37.

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                                                                                 languages

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LAW

     Law is a foundation stone of society and plays
     an increasingly important and visible role in all
     areas of modern life.

     It’s a subject with a great           You can tailor our Bachelor        Diplomas of
     tradition and a dynamic future.       of Laws (Hons) (LLB) (R81)
                                                                              higher education
     Social and environmental              according to whether
     responsibilities, the way             you wish to:                       ― Diploma of Higher Education
     businesses operate, and                                                    in Law (W94)
                                           ― gain an academic degree,
     international codes of conduct
                                                                              ― Diploma of Higher Education
     are all determined and upheld         ― gain a Qualifying Law Degree
                                                                                in Criminology and Law (W52)
     by legal systems.                       to become a barrister in
                                             England and Wales,               ― Diploma of Higher Education
     Studying law is stimulating in its
                                                                                in Law and French; German; or
     own right, but it’s also a smart      ― progress to take Part 1 of the
                                                                                Spanish (W87)
     career move. A law degree is a          national Solicitors Qualifying
     good foundation for many legal          Examination to become            Certificates of
     careers and is a necessary step         a solicitor in England
     if you want to practise law as a
                                                                              higher education
                                             and Wales, or
     barrister in England, Wales or                                           ― Certificate of Higher Education
     Northern Ireland, or as a solicitor   ― become either a solicitor or
                                                                                in Law (T49)
     in Northern Ireland. It’s also an       barrister in Northern Ireland.
     asset for many careers that are                                          ― Certificate of Higher Education
     not directly related to law. For      Degrees                              in Law and French; German; or
     instance, roles in finance, human                                          Spanish (T46)
                                           ― Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
     resources, local government             (LLB) (R81)
     or general management all
     benefit from a legal background,      ― Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
     whether in corporate business,          (graduate entry) (LLB) (Q80)
     local and central government,
                                           ― BA (Hons) Criminology and
     or the voluntary sector.
                                             Law (Q92)

                                           ― BA (Hons) Law and French;
                                             German; or Spanish (R56)

                                                                              NEXT STEPS
                                                                              Request a copy of our Law
                                                                              Prospectus – see page 37.

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                                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/law

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MATHEMATICS

                                                                                                                  UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
AND STATISTICS

Mathematics and statistics play a part in almost all
human endeavours. They help drive advances in science
and technology. They’re also indispensable for problem
solving and decision making in many aspects of life.
Forecasting the weather, breaking      Degrees                           Certificates of
codes, air traffic control, sending
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Computing & IT       higher education
rockets into space, weighing up
evidence in court, or predicting         and Mathematics (Q67)           ― Certificate of Higher Education
natural disasters. They all rely on                                        in Computing & IT and
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Computing & IT
mathematics and/or statistics.                                             Mathematics (T13)
                                         and Statistics (Q67)
Do you:                                                                  ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Data Science (R38)
                                                                           in Computing & IT and
― need numerical and
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Economics and          Statistics (T13)
  analytical skills to enhance
                                         Mathematical Sciences (Q15)
  your job prospects?                                                    ― Certificate of Higher Education
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Q31)      in Data Analysis (T42)
― enjoy an intellectual
  challenge and learning               ― BSc (Hons) Mathematics and      ― Certificate of Higher Education
  new professional methods?              its Learning (Q46)                in Mathematical Sciences (T14)

― want to study a transferable         ― BSc (Hons) Mathematics and      OU certificates
  and practical subject?                 Physics (Q77)
                                                                         ― Professional Certificate in
Whatever your reasons for              ― BSc (Hons) Mathematics and        Practical Statistics (S03)
studying, the OU offers a great          Statistics (Q36)
choice. We’re the UK’s largest                                           ― Graduate Certificate in
                                       ― BSc (Hons) Combined               Theoretical Statistics and
provider of higher education
                                         STEM (R28)                        Probability (S04)
teaching in mathematics
and statistics.                        Diplomas of
A qualification in mathematics         higher education
or statistics will always count in
                                       ― Diploma of Higher Education
your favour, whatever you want
                                         in Computing & IT and
to do in your career. There’s strong
                                         Mathematics (W42)
demand in teaching, finance,
ICT and data science for people        ― Diploma of Higher Education
with expertise in these subjects.        in Computing & IT and
There’s also plenty of scope to          Statistics (W42)
use your skills in other sectors,
                                       ― Diploma of Higher Education
with health, psychology,
                                         in Data Analysis (W77)
commerce and marketing                                                   NEXT STEPS
being popular options.                 ― Diploma of Higher
                                                                         Request a copy of our
                                         Education in Mathematical
                                                                         Mathematics and Statistics
                                         Sciences (W43)
                                                                         Prospectus – see page 37.

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