My own BA ( Hons )' In the field of English Language Studies', has that exact information on the certificate paper along with my name and the year of graduation - it was the 'Open University' logo that prompted the reaction that spawned this thread.
Barry has not yet finished his OU course so I would imagine he has no idea what information will be displayed on his certificate.
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Hi Phil. I can't post a pm. In answer to that. I realised that yes. Better not to feed the fat cat. After thinking about it I'm more confident about the degree now. Any problems with attitudes I will just correct them, it is a bonafide degree and that's all that matters. For me paying tens of thousands to go to a a physical university for a job in Thailand that pays £700 a month is insane. I love the ou for allowing me to get degreed basically for free. Good luck with your job and be proud!
I have a degree through the Open University and have never had an issue. (English language and literature by the way)
TC, he is talking about an "Open Degree" and that is what is prinited on the certificate. It looks almost exactly like any other degree but instead of a specific subject it states "Open Degree" Open degrees are a way of having higher education at a certian level and quantity recognised. It is a BA in every sense of the word. (Not an Honours)
To the OP: When I have had interviews I alway carried along a folder with all the relevent information. My BA original certificate along with associated transcripts. (As you know you get a completed document for each course done and a final one issued with the degree detailing if you have a 1st or 2nd etc.) My TEFL cert, professional, personal and academic references as well as my CV detailing experience and a photo.
I would say that there is no need to try and justify your degree. Leave out all the crap. Giving extra information on your degree and trying to back it up will make people sceptical. Dont go into details about how it is done through distance learning and costs less, blah blah blah. Just.
"Its a very good University in the United Kingdom"
This is it... The apocalypse.
You can get an open degree with honours (360 credits), 120 at level 3 which is what I'm doing.
You can but it is madness to do so. If you are going to put the time and effort into getting a Hons degree pick a subject or just cash out at 300 points for the BA.
I know what you're saying but the reason I'm doing the extra 60 credits is for more options and to avoid forking out money later on before the higher fees kick in. As I would need the Honours bit for a masters and PGCE if I ever wish to do either of them. I don't think doing a named degree is worth the hassle and time personally. I will have done more than half of the degree in English language courses, (180 credits) and 120 of them are at Level 3. That to me is better than a named degree in an unrelated subject.
Why dont you do a named degree in a related subject?
A lot more time basically and due to the fact I have already transferred credit from another uni. It would mean taking courses I already have credit for and add another year or 2 when I am eager to get cracking and live abroad.
My former school based its check on the way the original certificale looked like. It better looks valuable
I made a derogatory remark and that was most unwise. Facts be damned! A Google search would settle this in a minute. All the time, this elderly Thai teacher proclaiming having completed an in-depth investigation bla bla.
The colleague showed an unusual spirit for a clergy man, I mean "priest": "sock your flock"! He threatened violence...
A lot of desperate people take huge risks with fake degrees and criminal background. There will be scandals and tougher checks for all of us, no doubt!
Talk about timing ....
Now Harvard and MIT are going online. Sure they are - this is the future of education ... digital classrooms
Online education: A ‘tsunami' is coming
May 6, 2012
Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007.
But, over the past few months, something has changed. The elite, pace-setting universities have embraced the Internet. Not long ago, online courses were interesting experiments. Now online activity is at the core of how these schools envision their futures.
This week, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology committed $60 million to offer free online courses from both universities. Two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, have formed a company, Coursera, which offers interactive courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and engineering. Their partners include Stanford, Michigan, Penn and Princeton. Many other elite universities, including Yale and Carnegie Mellon, are moving aggressively online.
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