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“The Open University is only in it for profit - full stop.”

Written on: 17/12/2013

I have to agree with other reviews I have read - make no mistake people the OU is a business and they are only interested in taking your money. I was ill during my course and given poor advice by my tutor who clearly did not know the regulations. The faculty staff are not interested in student satisfaction or heaven help us, customer service. Simply in ducking responsibility. This is not the same university I studied with in the 90's and I will never spend any of my hard-earned money on them… Read Full Review

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“I enjoyed studying with the OU to begin with and...”

Written on: 02/07/2013 by shifty13 (3 reviews written)

I enjoyed studying with the OU to begin with and sucessfully completed a module in computing. I then went on to take a module in retail management and was given half the amount of time to complete assignments as I had with the previous module. I passed on the TMAs even though it was a stuggle but failed the EMA failed due to starting a new job and having to travel for it. The OU doesn't give extensions for EMAs so if you fail this you have spent your time and money on nothing. On the plus side… Read Full Review

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“A waste of time”

Written on: 26/03/2013 by Grotty (1 review written)

I have Aspergers syndrome so tend to not get on in the company of others in fact every time i have been to a college women have complained about me even though I never looked or talked to them and kept myself to myself,so I decided to try an OU short course a module as they call it,but clearly this is for very bright people,not me I am way to stupid,they say the course is for people without any qualifications,but they are lying,you need to be an intellectual to understand what to do,the paper… Read Full Review

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“passed all TMA's but failed EMA so waste of time and...”

Written on: 07/07/2012

I have started with the OU 2 years ago and i have passed all my TMA's but failed on the EMA's very little help or comments given and that's it is GAME OVER,all the money gone and the time not to mention the stress.Now i am making a formal appeal but is there anyone with this kind of experience as i feel they have taken my money and do not bother about anything any more. I have a 10 year work experience in the chosen field,my EMA's were checked by a university lecturer prior to sending and i… Read Full Review

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Written on: 02/07/2013

I know exactly how you feel I also passed my TMAs but then started a new job with more hours and couldn't complete the EMA so failed the whole module. Felt my time and money has been wasted. The tutor couldn't care less and didn't really give me any support even though I emailed him a few times saying I was struggling. I've now had enough of the OU and am going to study at Birkbeck. The module I was studying also had too large a workload, I was given half the amount of time to comlete assignments as a module I had previously studied.

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“Waste of time and money”

Written on: 28/02/2012 by DylanJS (1 review written)

My first OU course was great. The tutor was very helpful and accessible and the OU admin process worked well enough. There were a few errors in the materials that made life difficult (being told afterwards "yes, those were mistakes and catch everyone out" didn't really help), but generally things went along okay. Unfortunately the subsequent courses have been terrible and I've now given up on the OU completely. I've had a tutor that would only meet me on Friday nights in trendy pubs (I… Read Full Review

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Abbigail1987's Response to DylanJS's Review

Written on: 20/05/2013

I am absolutely sick to death of small minded idiots. Im so sorry you have to put up with people who make your life harder. Every person is entitled to an education. You have aspergers not 10 heads 3 arms and 3 legs. I know a few people with aspergers and you guys are no less of a human being than a person withoit a disability if anything your more. Its so easy for people to cast judgement and turn their nose up but really thats where theyre less of a human being. I really hope you find a place that will educate you without prejudice. Fair play to you x x.

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“My experience with the Open University has been very...”

Written on: 29/12/2010

My experience with the Open University has been very good. Throughout the 5 years of study I found the tutors and staff helpful, well organised, supportive and encouraging. They are an excellent value for money too.

Yes, you have to put in a lot of hard work, perhaps that's why there is such a high drop out. But sorry, if you want to have a degree you better stock up on determination… Read Full Review

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“I enjoyed the first couple of years but have now come...”

Written on: 31/03/2010

I enjoyed the first couple of years but have now come to hate OU. I am doing level 3 and get no help from my Tutor. The course is expensive and I do not think that only ten hours in a year of tutorials is enough. Ou seems to think that the course books are enough but they aren't. My tutor comes to the tutorials unprepared, talks off subject and makes rude and unhelpful remarks when marking assignments. I wish I had never started with OU but now I only have two more years to do it seems as… Read Full Review

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“I passed the law foundation course and found it...”

Written on: 04/12/2009 by JemmaJo (1 review written)

I passed the law foundation course and found it enjoyable, but W201 in the Bristol region wasn't a nice experience. The cost of the course is nearly £2000 and there's very little support. When my tutor was off sick I had a much higher mark than usual, so as I wanted to improve I asked my usual tutor why I had lower marks when he marked my assignments but better marks when another tutor marked my assignments and instead of being helpful, he didn't bother replying and started to be awkward and… Read Full Review

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Rainbowsurfgirl's Response to JemmaJo's Review

Written on: 25/01/2010

I found this review very helpful because it shows what the OU is really like. I can totally relate to this. My business course was just as bad - £4000 for some badly-written course material and a DVD. No tutor support, student support weren't interested and the OU's whole attitude was one of indifference. All they want is your money. Avoid at all costs.

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“good support from tutor. very good materials. good...”

Written on: 04/10/2008

good support from tutor. very good materials. good website. trusted academic institution.

good distance learning institution. qualifications are recognised… Read Full Review

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“I've been very impressed with The Open University. ...”

Written on: 04/07/2008 by Acai (1 review written)

I've been very impressed with The Open University. They are professional when contacted and I have been treated with respect by them. They are helpful when you ask for information, and take you seriously. The courses so far have been excellent. There is a wide choice of courses within subjects with new ones appearing quite often, though I would like to see a wider variety of subjects. I've been interested in a couple of courses that have been discontinued, and no replacement offered in… Read Full Review

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Digs's Response to Acai's Review

Written on: 12/12/2008

Hi there! I've just started receiving my materials from the ou after a year of deciding whether to study with the ou or not. But now that I have I just feel have I made the right decision. Are the degrees recognised and valued? Also what's the quickest way to complete a degree, I really don't think I can do it for SIX years!!
<br/>Please advice me thanks!!!

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“I studied science and arts with the The Open...”

Written on: 12/05/2008 by Legion (1 review written)

I studied science and arts with the The Open University. The experience was fantastic, but the level is not for those who are easily distracted or bored with life… Read Full Review

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“I passed first time doing social work with the Open...”

Written on: 04/01/2008

I passed first time doing social work with the Open University. I loved the course and I loved doing it in my own time at my own pace. However, distance learning is not for those that are easily distracted, you need to keep getting yourself in gear to be disciplined, but then you can do it!… Read Full Review

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