Am I ready?
The Open College of the Arts is an Open Access organisation. This means that your can study our courses, including those at Higher Education level, without having to meet any academic requirements, e.g. Further Education qualifications, before commencing study. However, distance learning study isn’t for everyone. Distance learners need to be able to manage their time effectively, and be adequately fluent in the use of modern IT technologies in order to access the educational resources required for success at a higher level of education to be possible.
To assist you in finding out whether you will be able to meet the needs of distance learning study, we have prepared the following self-diagnostic tests to help you decide if our courses are right for you.
Our undergraduate courses are each accredited with a number of HE credits. At level 1 (HE4), our courses each carry 40 Credits. At level 2 (HE5) they carry 60 each, and at level three, the credits vary between units, but at each of these levels the credits you need in order to progress along your degree pathway must add up to 120 credits. Each credit represents 10 hours of study. Therefore, 40 credits (one level 1(HE4) unit) requires 400 hours of learning. Therefore, as an example, to complete one level 1 unit in a year, you would need to study for just under 8 hours per week, every week of the year. To help you work out how if you have enough time in your average week to study our courses, please use the interactive planner below. Click on the hours you think you’ll tend to be free to study, and an answer will pop up to let you know if you’ll have enough time.
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As an OCA student you will be required to use certain IT technologies in order to study the courses. For example, you will use Email (through an allocated Google G-suite account – similar to Gmail) to communicate with your tutor, the college and fellow students. You will also have access to online facilities that contain resources that are critical to your studies, e.g. Journal articles, course material PDFs, videos, and other types of files. You will also need to be comfortable with uploading and downloading various file types, for submission of work to your tutor, and for submitting documents required for the Summative Assessment process at the end of each course unit. Answering the questions in the forms below will give you an idea of how well suited you are to studying OCA courses.
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