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Transfer University6th August 2010, 16:11
Every year thousands of students leave University for a number of reasons such as financial worries, home-sicknesses, wrong choice of course etc...in fact almost one in four dropout university, so you're certainly not alone if you're thinking of leaving.
Rather than starting a course from scratch and forget about all the work you've done, The Open University offers an alternative to traditional uni and allows you to transfer taking into account the work you've already done. Here's what they have to say about 'credit transfers'... Tons of students transfer to us each year because we offer a brilliant alternative to campus-based university study.
If you combine all the benefits of a top degree with all the comforts of home, and then add a little dash of career-focused work you'll be pretty close to what we're all about.
Credit transfer If you've already started a course at another university then you may be able to transfer any credits you've achieved over to your new course here. Any assessed work you've done towards an HNC, HND, foundation degree, diploma, or honours degree can be counted towards your OU degree.
How can I apply for credit transfer?
You should start the ball rolling as soon as you've got a pretty good idea of which OU course you want to do. This way, you'll be able to plan out your actual course of study knowing how much credit you can take forward.
How long does it take transfering my course credits?
It can take around eight weeks for a credit transfer claim to be assessed. That's why we always advise you to put in your claim well in advance of the closing date for OU course registrations. If it is near the closing date, however, don't panic. Just make sure you reserve places on the course you're interested in while you wait for the outcome of your claim.
What's the maximum number of credits I could transfer?
That depends on what kind of qualification you want to do with us. The maximum number of credits that you can transfer for an honours degree is 240 and for a degree without honours, it's 200. Masters degrees are a little bit different again, it's usually more like 60 or 90 credits.
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