You are here

  1. Home
  2. Rethink your future this A-Level results day

Rethink your future this A-Level results day

Didn’t get the A-level results you were hoping for? Or perhaps you can’t afford to study with a traditional university.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be the end of your learning journey. The Open University offers students in Northern Ireland a flexible and affordable way to continue learning and building career options for the future.

Get a respected degree from the university that’s open to all.  The Open University (OU) has pioneered supported distance learning for over 50 years and brings study to you.  Flex learning around your life and get expert tutor support, every step of the way.

The future is yours for the taking.  Study with the OU and you’ll get a qualification that’s recognised by employers around the globe.  No wonder 87% of qualified students say the OU helped them achieve their goals.


Some of the popular questions we are asked are;

Do I have the qualifications?

Where you start in life shouldn't limit where you go.  That's why most OU courses don't come with formal entry requirements.  All you need is that hunger to learn.

How much will it cost?

Studying from home could save you money. Find out how our fees compare to other universities and discover the range of funding options available to you.

How will I find time to study?

Wherever you are and wherever you want to go, our flexible approach to study means you can learn from home around your job, family, friends, and life.

Where could my degree take me?

Employers know the value of our courses – and our graduates. Get closer to that dream job with career-boosting courses designed to help you get ahead.

Will I have a tutor?

At the OU, there’s always someone in your corner. Get support from your dedicated tutor and take part in immersive group sessions.

Will I be part of a student community?

The UK’s biggest. That’s right, you’ll study alongside and connect with like-minded learners every step of the way. So, if you think distance learning means studying alone, think again.

Here’s what’s Jordan Rosborough from Bangor had to say about her learning experience with The Open University:

‘Finding out about The Open University could not have come at a better time, especially when I thought University would never be something I would be able to experience. My friend Alex told me how she was applying to study a Degree in Primary Education with the OU. I was so excited for her and intrigued at the same time. She explained that she would be able to study at home and fit her studies around her job without having to compromise on either. I couldn’t believe it. The solution that I needed was all laid out before me. I looked into the OU and all the degrees they had to offer, and quickly set my mind to the mathematics degree. My university experience could finally begin.’ 

“Starting the BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning degree has really put my career path into perspective now. Once I complete my degree, I am hoping to complete a PGCE in teaching. I still have to decide whether that will be in Primary or Secondary, but one step at a time.”  

“If you are thinking about studying with the OU, I would say you would have no regrets. Take the time to research what qualification you think is right for you or your career path and don’t be afraid to talk to someone who is already studying with the OU, because since my registration I have opened the idea to two other people who thought they would never fit university studies in around their lives.” 

If you're interested in OU study, find out more here

For media enquiries:

Contact Christine Murphy

Communications Officer
Tel +44 (0) 28 9053 6219