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★☆☆☆☆

“Awful service, rude staff, disabiltiy discrimation”

Written on: 28/07/2014 by BrianErickson (1 review written)

I had advice over the phone in regards to how my disabiltiy would effect my courses and they helped me find a course which was suitable. I was enrolled but later found out that the course wasn't what they said it would be. I asked to change, and that involved switching 1 module. They took me off the module before checking if they could enrol me for the correct one! They couldn't.. So I was left a year waiting before I could enrol. I was also doing a maths module. I was told over the phone… Read Full Review

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“waste of money,time and effort”

Written on: 20/07/2014 by Whitedv1976 (1 review written)

I have been studying with the Open University for seven years now. In September I will be doing my sixth and final module which will cost me €1,500 but is worth nothing when the O.U. give me my Degree results, since it is a free choice module. Out of the five modules I have already completed, I mostly received a Grade 3 Pass. I was disgusted by this, since I always averaged 65-80% in each TMA, and out of the five modules I only needed to sit two exams. One exam significantly reduced my Grade… Read Full Review

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Worn_Out's Comment

Written on: 21/07/2014

Your free choice can count depending on the rules for the degree you are doing. It's only if all the credits at L3 used for classification are specified modules.
People usually get a lower score in the final assessment (especially exams) compared to TMAs as you are under time constraint without access to the course material. I understand this but I still find it annoying when always get Dist. in TMAs but drop due to the exams. It does seem a bit unfair how you can't get EMA back especially when the grade differs so much.
As for your novel, your friends are likely to be more biased than your tutor and writing I imagine is a hard one to mark as it is subjective and somewhat depends on the tastes of the reader. Most OU tutors are ok, sounds like you got a bad one, did you put in complaint or request a new tutor?
Workload wise it is hard but you knew it was going to be a big commitment and assignments are going to have to be due in at some point, I've always found I struggle if keep eye off the ball and have multiple assignments due at similar times. Takes some hell of time management. If you went to more traditional uni I think you would face the same problems, you'd be limited to a set timetable rather than flexibility of working around work/child responsibilities and still have to get work in.
Just think though, nearly over and you will end up with something :)

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“only 1 star because couldnt give a minus!”

Written on: 25/06/2014 by Murray25 (1 review written)

I have studied with the OU for 13 years. All the time i was paying they were great. Once i became government funded for past 2 years... Abysmal! Studying psychology degree and due to mental health problems i was unable to attend an exam. They failed me of the whole course!!! A psychology course completely unsympathetic to mental health issues! avoid like the plague unless plenty of money and no threat of any health issues! plus over the years the materials have deteriorated drastically along… Read Full Review

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“only want your money”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by CrystalHewitt (1 review written)

Dont bother! signed up for a masters course to find volume of reading was way too much with us being expected to know medical terminology despite never studying anything medical previously. Was told that it would be fine before paying them though. inadequate support from tutors and a care less attitude from others you raise your issues with. if you want to defer then you have to pay the rest of the fees. absolute rubbish… Read Full Review

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“Student Support is Lacking”

Written on: 29/05/2014 by Isaac201 (1 review written)

I started off in my first year (which I finished), really thinking that I made the right choice by studying with the OU. However, when I needed there support in my second year, they have been nothing but a stumbling block and they have been very disappointing in there service. Be very careful when thinking of studying with them as the doors close as soon as you challenge them and noone seems to want to take responsibility and assist you. Lesson learned... and as soon as I have finished my… Read Full Review

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“Too expensive, tutors unreliable but good marketing ”

Written on: 22/05/2014 by Lifelonglearner (1 review written)

Have just completed one year at the OU and decided not to continue. Let me be clear: I completed the course 'with distinction' so I am not a disgruntled student with poor grades. Main points of criticism : 1. Our tutor often did not show up for meetings on the web (we were students in Germany) even though he had announced the planned dates and times, reason given was always the same : IT problems ( He was busy elsewhere - perhaps in his second home in France) 2. No relevant feedback was… Read Full Review

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“So not worth the money”

Written on: 30/04/2014 by Pereira466 (1 review written)

I paid over £2,500 for a 60 credit module (Sport and Fitness Degree - fitness pathway) and this is what I got: 2 books A DVD Access to the course website, which has a tutor group forum (the only way of getting help from the tutor), a few online activities and not a lot else 5 online group tutorials which didn't do much more than go over information we already had about our assessments 5 assessments marked - no draft submission, you submit your assessment and that's it, the mark counts towards… Read Full Review

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“EMA mark too big of a discrepancy from TMA marks.Shame...”

Written on: 28/04/2014 by Donldonl (1 review written)

Sadly my spouse had the same issue I am continually reading about here. He was averaging 85 on all his TMA's and then plummeted down to 46 on his EMA. This so horrified him that he did challenge the university. Instead of looking into the situation objectively, and logically admitting the discrepancy was a red flag, and that a 2nd re-grade was appropriate to ensure quality marking....they just blew him off. He had to take a year off, and almost quit it was so demeaning and hurtful to be brushed… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I would recommend OU to everyone, it's fantastic.”

Written on: 20/04/2014 by Balle (1 review written)

I would recommend OU to everyone, it's fantastic… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“refusal to return monies paid”

Written on: 16/04/2014 by O'Keefe411 (1 review written)

i need to withdraw from my degree with the view that i will probably never return. i have paid up front for my courses through Ousba but they now say i cannot have a refund, i can only have a credit torwards future study. So i have paid for something that i will not receive. that in my book is stealing… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Brilliant university, but needs your personal commitment”

Written on: 11/04/2014 by Samanthac1962 (1 review written)

I was studying business and ICT with Open university and my experience was brilliant. Its truly open to ideas and students from divers backgrounds. Its distant learning experience in my view is the best in the industry. I hope that they will be able to lower the prices in the future, so to allow more people to join this institution. I know that I will study further with them for msc after I will finish my other professional qualification. Personally, I'm someone who truly stands for equal… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Save your money, time and sanity.”

Written on: 17/02/2014

Do NOT study there its a joke. After receiving good grades all year, I got a low grade for my final assignment which means that my overall grade. They dont use averages, just the lowest grade. The feedback provided is utter rubbish. As my partner is a university lecturer herself I got her to check my assignment, she says it was well done worth a B if not an A but without a marking key it is just her opinion. I then asked some of four friends (all academics with PhD's) and they agreed. I… Read Full Review

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“Withdrawl of CORE modules whilst on degree!!!! ”

Written on: 14/01/2014 by HateTheOU (1 review written)

I am halfway through my final (4th) academic year with the OU on a Computing and Mathematical sciences degree. I tried to sign up for my final core module to find it has been discontinued with no replacement. This has left me unable to complete a named degree unless I do an extra 150 points (at least 2 years of study) and pay an extra £6000. I'm in absolute shock. I've spent the last week on the phone in disbelief that the OU could nevermind would do such a thing to me. I feel absolutely sick… Read Full Review

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Worn_Out's Response to HateTheOU's Review

Written on: 14/01/2014

Is it the B14 degree? Which module is it that you wanted to do?

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Maxp68's Response to HateTheOU's Review

Written on: 11/04/2014

Although the OU has recommended pathways for tackling the degrees there are always some folk who do them out of order for some reason. I assume this is what has happened here. If it's a core module at L3 then they can't have just removed it or everyone would get hammered, and they always provide a replacement although it may be a few months down the line.

If they remove a core L2 while you're doing L3 then they assume that you have all the pre-requisites already. I'm nearly finished my Mathematics degree with them and have seen three L3 courses retired recently but replaced with a single 60 pointer. One L2 course retired but also replaced.

I've never been caught out by these changes as everybody is well warned in advance when courses will run out. OU students have to be very self-sufficient when it comes to studying but also when checking regularly if any changes are being made to the course.

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Worn_Out's Response to HateTheOU's Review

Written on: 15/01/2014

If it is I've been doing the same but you need to finish it by Dec 2014 and those L3 modules phasing out have their last runs Feb-Oct2014. The only modules that have discontinued already are the L2 computing ones but if you're on your last year surely you'll be doing L3? As you need L2 to be ready for L3? Did you not plan ahead and look at when modules run? I don't like the phase out but we were warned and made sure everything was done before they went.

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★★★★★

“High quality study materials and good support..”

Written on: 09/01/2014 by Greenspangle (1 review written)

Having also attended a 'physical' bricks & mortar university so I can compare the two. First the personal element - In both cases a sizeable part of the experience is dependant upon the tutor/lecturer assigned for each module you study and as that's an interpersonal thing it can vary quite a lot. If you're a relatively self-contained sort of person maybe less so but I've usually found that when you need advice/help from your tutor you 'really' need it. So best make sure that relatinship… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Totally patronizing and unsupportive”

Written on: 17/12/2013

I began a post-graduate degree with OU last year and it all began well. I had studied with OU before and had previously good experiences but this was totally different. Some months into the course I became ill and got behind. Despite my asking explicitly, my tutor gave me poor advice and by the time I realised, it was too late. The admin staff were completely unsympathetic and VERY PATRONISING. I lost over £3,000 AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. As a previous review stated, if you are ill, you… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“The Open University will build you up, then totally...”

Written on: 17/12/2013

The Open University will build you up, then totally demolish you. Their exam marking depends on the marker. If they feel mean, you will get low marks, otherwise you may have a chance. Assignment marks also vary according to the tutor; there is no consistency and remember: they will refuse to re-mark an exam, so be careful not to offend a tutor, or you will get no marks at all. They generally detest older students, so if you are ill or old - don't go there!! … Read Full Review

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Sambrook7's Comment

Written on: 06/01/2014

It would be interesting to know what grade you came out with, because it sounds like you have a massive chip on your shoulder!

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Mistymoo233's Comment

Written on: 21/02/2014

I totally agree with you I'm just over halfway through a module, and my tutor is beyond awful! There is no support, the feedback is contradictory within the assignment, it looks as though the tutor has only skimmed it because quite often the tutor gas missed vital points! I feel as though I'm throwing money away and am not at all confident I am going yo pass, despite having academics read and give me advice on my assignments and structure! I would not recommend OU.

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Worn_Out's Comment

Written on: 08/01/2014

How do you it depends on the marker? You never see your exam scripts after the exam or compare to other students scripts. Same with assignments you're not supposed to discuss TMA answers so how would you know that people with other tutors got different marking?
Most people do worse on the exam than TMAs as for the assignments you have access to resources and more time whereas exam it's all on you in 2or3hrs.

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★★★★★

“Brilliant way to study whilst working”

Written on: 27/11/2013 by debjg (1 review written)

I have just completed my degree. I began ten years ago, and had to stop after four years when I found myself on my own, working and with two young children. After a four-year gap I decided to finish my degree doing a 30 point course each year and I am really proud of myself. You get out of it what you put in. Materials are well presented, library resources are huge & the tutors support you well. Sometimes completing the assignments on time was a real challenge, but I thrived on the pressure and… Read Full Review

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Worn_Out's Response to debjg's Review

Written on: 08/01/2014

Congratulations well done!
The OU isn't perfect, the materials sometime vary in standard (or readability!) between courses but you get out what you put in. I think some people think it's meant to be easy............
In fact it's harder juggling around other commitments and the sense of achievement when its over must be nice! Hopefully I'll be getting that feeling sometime this year!!

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★☆☆☆☆

“poor disability support in Scotland”

Written on: 20/11/2013

I started an OU course. My assessment for my disability was carried out 1 day before the course started. I am now almost two months into my course and no support has been offered by OU even though the report that was commissioned states I require support. I would suggest if you have a disability OU Scotland is not the place to study. I was advised to wait till I heard back . IT appears that the system is there to tick boxes and not actually assist students into parity. I have asked to be… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Study that can fit in with your other commitments”

Written on: 24/10/2013 by janesmith1975 (36 reviews written)

I have done a couple of basic introductory courses with the Open University and like the fact you can fit your study around your other commitments. It was probably easier for me as my courses were just for fun but I still needed to keep to the planned study weeks to be able to interact with fellow students. I found the course material interesting and easy to understand. I have heard a lot of negative comments about more advanced courses but I do think the Open University offers courses to… Read Full Review

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“STAY AWAY!”

Written on: 23/10/2013 by sammyjjackson (1 review written)

i have just become a student to the ou and am so glad i qualified for the tuition fees is i had paid for this i would be livid and demanding a refund! on one of my courses sk143 there is no tutor (no tutor when learning cardiology! the hardest part of the body to learn!) no help whatsoever theirs a student adviser and i seriously don't know why he is there the one time i asked him for help he just sent me an email address to ask someone else!! he also deletes posts just for stating the truth… Read Full Review

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Worn_Out's Response to sammyjjackson's Review

Written on: 08/01/2014

It does say there is no tutor for SK143 in the module description which you should read thoroughly before registering. Also the hardest past of the body to learn is a bit subjective. ;)
Just sounds like you've had a bad experience but there are good tutors out there. Most my forums have been rich with students explaining things to each other but being level 1 module guess most people are new and just muddling along because they don't know. But the OU isn't for everyone as it's distance/part time learning it is isolating and there isn't as much support as physically attending education and everyone works differently. Sometimes I've missed having a 'proper' tutor to explain concepts and others they're only there to mark my assignments and post them back. There is a lot more responsibility on yourself to teach yourself the subject :( and that's not for everyone. However I do think the support should be more accessible and the rude weeded out.

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