Distance learning, it's come a long way

If you don't have the time, or can't afford, a full time course at college or university then a course with a distance learning school or the Open University could be just right for you.

Open University logoThe Open University leads the way
Now that you are on your own again in your post divorce life you may want to spread your education wings a little.

If you want to do a degree but cannot afford the full time commitment of going to university then the Open University may be the answer.

Born, idealogically speaking, in the 1960s the OU accepted its first applications to study in 1970. There are currently around 150,000 undergraduates and more than 30,000 post graduates.

Nearly all members of the OU study part-time and around 70% are in full-time employment with more than 50,000 students being sponsored by their employers for their studies. 
 
No previous qualifications are required
You need no qualifications before entering to study at the Open University and there is no upper age limit although you must be aged 18 when your course starts.  Subjects covered are practically endless including business and management, law and criminology and information technology and computing.

Costs vary depending on subjects studied and can be from less than £400 for a nine month course in Beginner’s Spanish to as much as £20,000 for a two year course for an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Financial help may be available
If you can fulfil certain criteria you may also be able to get help with costs such as childcare or buying a new computer.  If your course relates to your current job your employer may sponsor you for some or all of your fees. 

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