My First Experience With The Open University

What are my thoughts about the OU now that I've completed the access module.
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As some of you may know, I enrolled in a course with The Open University early this year. I planned to do a BA (Honours) in Business Management, so I called to The Open University, and they suggested that it would be a good idea to do an access module before I start the degree in business management.

I’ll tell you what the access modules are in just a second, but before that let me just say that the recruitment team at the OU is great. They encouraged me and motivated me since day one.

The Open University

What are the access modules?

Access modules are just like mini-courses to introduce the subjects of the degree and prepare students for higher education. 

Throughout the course, I learned about childhood and youth studies, psychology, social science, health, management and law. I enjoyed the most business and social science.

Doing an access module is a great way to find out what subjects you like and identify with the most.

I didn’t even pay to enroll in the access module. You too can be eligible to do it for free, just call The Open University and ask for details.

Follow The Open University Study Plan

When I started the course, I was worried about having time to study because I work full-time and I also have two little boys that need my attention. I obviously blog too, which requires a lot of time and that’s why I don’t write blog posts as often as I’d like to. 

The access module is a 30 credit module, meaning that you will need to study for 300 hours over a period of about eight months. I started my course in February 2018 and finished it in September 2018. Now I’m waiting for the final results. 

What I want to say here is that The Open University has a study plan that if you follow, you’ll be just fine. By the time you finish the module, you’ll be able to tell if distance learning and higher education is the right thing for you.

The Support

Before I start the access module, I had doubts about the kind of support that The Open University could give me. Since this is a distance learning course, I thought that I’d be all alone in the process. However, things are very different that that.

There’s a tutor assigned to each student that is always available to help. I was lucky enough to get Dr Chris Hill. I loved her approach and her voice. She called me several times to discuss my progress and my difficulties. She emailed me too, and always replied to the emails that I’ve sent her.

Apart from the tutor, there’s also a student forum and a tutor forum where the student can communicate with each other and participate in activities. The same happens on WhatsApp Groups and Facebook Groups, but these are non-official groups, created and organised by The Open University students.


I truly enjoyed doing the access module to Business Management. If you’re considering The Open University as a university to go to and you haven’t studied in a long time, then I recommend that you do an access module first. I did, and now I know that higher education is what I want to do for the next few years. It will require sacrifices but I believe that it will be worth it in the end.

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I was born in Portugal, but now I live in the UK. I'm a father of two boys, a business student and I suffer from Alopecia Areata. I express myself through blogging, and I love it.


  1. I’m glad you’ve had a good experience! All the best for your future with the OU, too!

    • Thanks Ruth. I’ll be writing more posts about my experiences with The Open University. 🙂 Oh, you’re doing a great job at your blog. Keep up.

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