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Ayrshire College extends partnership with Open University

Ayrshire College extends partnership with Open University

Ayrshire College has reached agreement with the Open University to deliver a BA (Hons) Combined Social Science. Students who have successfully completed an HND in Social Sciences are now being offered the opportunity to achieve an honours degree, studying over an additional two years.

The flexible degree programme offers extensive material and online study resources. To help students gain a clear understanding of course material weekly tutored classes are provided by an associate university lecturer.

Rebecca Brown from Kilmarnock is currently studying' Criminal Justice Studies' and it suits her lifestyle perfectly. After successfully completing HNC and HND Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, she progressed into the second year of a Social Sciences degree at a traditional university but found the support was not what it could be. She has now returned to college to complete her honours degree.

Rebecca said, "The flexibility of the Open University degree means I can work two part-time jobs, as well as study and attend class once a week. The support I've received has been very good and I can contact my tutor by email which is very helpful, especially coming up to essay submissions. The weekly classes provide time with the tutor to understand the course better, and the format of the classes means we are given the best advantage possible when it comes to submitting our essays. We also have access to all the college facilities which helps with online research and group chats."

Associate lecturer and course tutor Andy Sinclair said, "'We are delighted to work with the Open University on this initiative. It is a wonderful opportunity to nurture our own talent and enable students to progress to an honours level degree while remaining in an environment they know.

A major benefit is the flexibility the Open University offers in allowing students to study in a blended learning environment that suits their lifestyle. We offer weekly tutorials to support students, discuss course content and prepare for essay submissions."

If you are interested in the prospect of an honours degree from a highly respected university, consistently top of student polls in Scotland for satisfaction, Ayrshire College may be the perfect starting point for you

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