One of my biggest achievements in 2018 was completing my Degree with the Open University. Studying with the Open University has to be one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Completing a full time University course whilst working full time is hard.
I first decided to study with the OU when my friend had just finished her degree and my other friend was just starting herself. This made it a lot easier as I had people there to guide me through the sign up and choosing the right course.
What course did I do?
I completed a BA Honors in Childhood and Youth Studies. In order to be able to complete the course you need to complete 6 modules. If you want you can complete the course over six years and complete one module a year. However, I decided that I wanted to complete the course over three years. This can be done by completing two modules a year.
Choosing your modules.
This is actually one of the easy parts, each year I had a module that I had to complete and then I have a choice of three modules to choose from. I always ended up doing a psychology module for my chosen one but there were others to choose from. Completing two modules at once can be very difficult because there were many times that assignment dates would cross each other. This would lead you to having to complete assignments on two completely different things at once. Although it is challenging, I would recommend doing it over three years instead of six.
How to complete assignments
Throughout the three years all of my assignments were to be completed and emailed off to my tutor. Apart from one which was an exam. The exam took place in a local place where a number of different people from the OU also took exams. There was someone next to me doing accounts and someone the other side of me doing science. I completed my exam during my second year, this was along with a number of TMA’s. The other two years, I didn’t complete an exam but a EMA which would be 50% of my mark that year.
After Completing your degree
Just like after completing your studies with any university, the OU invites you to one of their Ceremonies. I graduated from the OU at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. It was a very relaxed ceremony and it was incredible to see many other people from around Birmingham who had also completed their studies with the OU. I did not originally want to go to the OU graduation ceremony but I was convinced by family members to go and I am happy to have experienced it.
Would I do it again?
I am very proud of what I have achieved with the OU but I am not sure I would do it again. If I decided I wanted to take a different career path then I would definitely give it another go. Yet, I am happy with what I have achieved and all the hard work I put into completing what I did and do not feel like I need to take it further.