Now, to get a degree with honors from the OU, you need 120 points at level one, 120 points at level two and 120 points at level 3. As I was pregnant, I decided to bump up my level one points, and not do anything too strenuous. I opted for S151-Maths for Science, SK185-Molecules, Medicines and Drugs. I passed both of these (90 points so far). I started to work towards a BSc in Molecular Science, which the OU decided they were going to finish awarding after December 2014. It was going to be a close call. There are set chemistry course for each level, worth at least 60 points, the other 60 for each level had to come from other science modules.
|Sarah, from SXR205 and SXR344, awesome chemist|
Before these, I decided to tackle SK120-Diabetes Care. I was a recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic, so I thought this course would be of interest to me. It was, but there was too much about the policies and procedures the NHS goes through to treat diabetics. I failed.....
But I kept studying. I began S347-Metals and Life while pregnant with Sebastian. I did ok on the assignments, but fell down in the exam. I was 6% short of passing the exam, so was able to re-sit. Second time round, I was 2% of the required pass mark, such a bummer....
In the mean time I kept busy with SD226-Biological Psychology:Exploring the brain. This was absolutely fantastic. My tutor was an awesome lady with 7, yes 7 children, working towards her PhD. I managed to pass this one, and decided to stick a little with the psychology to get my points requirements up(220 points now).
|What a residential school is all about|
September 2012 the government in the UK decided to allow universities to decide how much they wanted to charge for degrees, with a cap at nine thousand pounds a year. This even applied to the OU. I am lucky...Because I started my degree before 2012, I qualify for transitional fees, which means I pay the old price per module. Good job too, as the current cost for a 60 point course is now upwards of 2500!!!
So in May it was time to get back to the chemistry with S345-Chemical Change and Environmental Applications. I had had a year away from the chemistry, and man has it been hard to get back into. This has been reflected in my assignment scores. I am probably not going to pass this module, and this would make it very tight to re-sit it before the BSc gets removed. I have had a couple of chats with the OU, with Paul and my parents. See, the whole point in me getting a degree was to then go to a brick Uni and get my PGCE and become a chemistry teacher. Seeing as we don't know when we are going to be back in the UK, I can take my time to finish my degree. Listening to both my parents talk, they are both teachers, I am not even sure I want to go into teaching when we return. But to keep my transitional fees, I need to do at least a module a year.
After looking around the OU website, and chatting to them on the phone, I am going to finish this course, attempt the exam (I need 40% on my assignments, then 40% in the exam to pass, not likely at the moment). I have changed my degree for BSc Molecular Science to a BSc Open degree. This is a more 'free' choice, where you are not govern by certain restrictions on the modules you do. All the courses I have done so far count towards this. I need to get another 60 points at level 3, and another 20 points from somewhere else. I cannot do any more level 2 courses, as I have my points requirement (and some) there already.
I plan on doing my next course in February, and taking a slightly different route. U316-The Environmental Web, is my next intended course. It looks very interesting, and I am sure my chemistry background will come very much in handy. It is a 60 pointer, so the work load will be high, but I think I will manage it. I will however be using my free time to read up through the OU online library, the topics from the precursor level 2 course S216-Environmental Science. This will hopefully be good enough to assist me in passing my final level 3. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I was really starting to not enjoy the chemistry, it has been so hard, and I have lost interest. I am looking forward to studying something I find interesting again.
Best get on with my final assignment for S345. Sorry for the waffle, my degree is so important to me....