Results day can be a mixed bag of emotions. Did your A-Level results not meet your expectations? Perhaps you can't afford to study at a traditional university during the current cost of living crisis? Don't worry; today doesn't have to be the end of your learning journey.
The Open University (OU) offers a flexible and affordable opportunity for students in Northern Ireland to continue learning and building a career for the future on their own terms, regardless of previous qualifications.
With over 50 years of pioneering supported distance learning, the OU is open to all. It allows you to fit your studies around your life and earn a respected qualification recognized by employers around the globe. No wonder 87% of qualified students say the OU helped them achieve their goals.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Real Stories of Success
Jason from Belfast had only one GCSE and struggled to find a career path. With the help of the OU, he graduated this summer with a Bachelor of Engineering. "I think leaving school with 1 GCSE, growing up in a council estate, and no one in my family having attended university before, people didn't expect much from me. So achieving this degree and the path itself is a massive achievement."
I think leaving school with 1 GCSE, growing up in a council estate, and no one in my family having attended university before, people didn't expect much from me. So achieving this degree and the path itself is a massive achievementJason Brady
Engineering Student Read Jason's story
Jenny from Larne started her higher education journey at a traditional university but quickly found that the course wasn't for her. Over the past few years, she's been on the frontlines of COVID-19 vaccine research thanks to her choice to study with the OU. "Learning with the OU has increased my confidence dramatically, and I now enjoy learning. I don't believe I would have had the skills to do my current job without the OU."
Jordan left school without a clear idea of what she wanted to do and ended up pulling out of her course after only a few months. Then she discovered the OU. "The solution that I needed was all laid out before me. My university experience could finally begin. Now, after many tears, I finally know where my career is heading in life."
These are just some of the stories from people who worried about the future, qualifications, and career prospects. The OU has helped all of them to forge their paths and feel secure in what lies ahead.
Your Journey, Your Questions: Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re wondering if The Open University is the right choice for you then below you’ll find the answers to some of the most common questions we get about OU study.
Where you start in life shouldn't limit where you go. That's why most OU courses don't come with formal entry requirements. So regardless of how your results day went, with the OU all you need is a desire to learn.
Studying from home could save you money, which is more important than ever during the current climate. Find out how our fees compare to other universities and discover the range of funding options available to you.
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. Learn in a way that suits you.
Employers know the value of our courses – and our graduates. Get closer to that dream job with career-boosting courses and dedicated careers support and advisors. It’s all designed around helping you get ahead.
At the OU, there’s always someone in your corner. Get support from your dedicated tutor and take part in immersive group sessions throughout your study journey.
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.
The Future Awaits
Don't let setbacks define your future. The Open University in Northern Ireland is here to help you unlock your potential and achieve your goals. With flexible and supported distance learning, you can embark on a learning journey that fits your life and leads to a respected degree that is recognized worldwide. Embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and discover the path to your dream career with The Open University.