How you could make your UCAS application stand out with an Open University course

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This week, The Open University tells us how you can make sure your university application stands out from the rest by studying one of their courses.

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Although this academic year is almost over and your mind is already on the summer holidays, next September will come around faster than you think, and those of you in year 12 and year 13 will be thinking about your university applications.

With so many students competing for places at the top universities, it’s important to think of ways to make your application stand out from the rest.

One way to do this is to take advantage of a new programme introduced by The Open University for Seren students in Wales.

Studying an Open University module alongside AS and A2 courses can help you in several ways, including:

  • Achieving greater exam success
  • Evidencing your strengths and aptitude on UCAS applications
  • Standing out when competing for a place on a competitive university course by studying a degree level course alongside your A Level study

There are a range of courses available across a variety of subject areas, from languages and social sciences, to science, mathematics, and business and management.

Studying with the OU is very different from school or a traditional campus university; the courses are online and you study in your free time when it suits you, so you have the flexibility to prioritise your AS and A level studies.


If you’re worried it’s going to be too difficult, don’t be! Yes, the module will challenge you, but we’ve selected some of our level one modules that are short and have built in support for you.  We call this Supported Open Learning, making sure that you have the help you need to learn in the best possible way.  You get regular support from our tutors and access to all the learning materials and resources essential to your course.

What’s more, as a Seren student you may be able to study an OU module for free with Welsh Government bursary funding, which will cover the cost of the Open University module fees.

The Seren coordinator in your school can help you find out more, plus you can have a look at our website for a full list of courses starting this October and details of how to apply.

If you can’t wait until October, why not have a look at some of the OU’s free courses, interactives, videos and more on our free Openlearn website

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