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How events student Athina kickstarted her career

“For me, distance learning has changed everything. Open Study College made me realise that you can learn anything and everything at any age and if you work for it, you can make it in life. It shaped me as a person and made me see that everything is possible!” – Athina, 30, Denmark Athina discovered […]

Why Linda chose to study a GCSE later in life

“I am enjoying the course at Open Study College and I’m lucky to have been able to choose, for the first time, what it is I study.” – Linda, 75, Worcestershire Linda lives in a Worcestershire village with her husband Dougie and is currently studying GCSE Psychology at Open Study College. Linda nearly completed this […]

Why Rosanne studied a weight management course

“I received amazing support from my tutor that was invaluable during my time at Open Study College – they provided the help whenever I needed it.” Rosanne, Bromley Rosanne is a self-employed personal trainer and singing teacher and has only recently embarked on this new career path. Rosanne explains: “I was an opera singer up […]

How Madison advanced her career with a health and social care course

“I volunteer during my spare time and also had quite a few other things on my plate, but I knew I needed to obtain this knowledge, and Open Study College enabled me to fit my studies around everything else.” Madison, Buckinghamshire Madison works part-time at an NHS GP surgery as a health care assistant and […]

Nutrition student Jamie's distance learning experience

“Tutor support is invaluable when studying via distance learning, my tutor helped me achieve a distinction!” Jamie, 25, Isle of Man Nutrition student Jamie recently completed his first course with Open Study College and achieved a distinction in Nutrition Consultant Level 3. During his studies, Jamie worked at a charity helping children and young people […]

Returning to education: Anneka's story

“I never thought I’d be able to get back into education after a 15-year absence, but OSC gave me the confidence within myself to start learning again.” Anneka, 31 Juggling studying and being a mum Having completed two courses at Open Study College, Anneka enjoys the fact that her studies fit perfectly around her family […]

Why retiree student, Marilyn, loves online learning

“I am 70 going on 29 years old. This is my tenth course with Open Study College, and I hope there will be more. To retirees thinking about taking a course online, I would say go for it” Marilyn, 70 In the last seven years, Marilyn has completed ten online courses with Open Study College […]

Studying in your seventies: John's story

“It’s important to keep the intellect alive in later years and completing a course and receiving the accreditation acts as a tremendous boost to one’s mental health.” John, 74, South Gloucestershire John has studied a number of courses over a period of five years with Open Study College. Several of his other courses were based […]

How Debbie changed career to become a personal fitness trainer

“Distance learning has always appealed to me as the convenience of learning at home, at times that fit around my schedule, is the only method of continued learning I can dedicate myself to as a busy parent.” Debbie, 40, Personal Fitness Trainer & Nutrition student Debbie is a self-employed fitness instructor, but she didn’t begin […]

How HR student Katie's studying benefited her career

“I secured a job in HR in part because I was already studying with OSC, and therefore showing that I was willing to engage in personal development and career advancement in the area.” HR student, Katie, 34 As a business development and assurance officer in the HR department of her local county council, Katie was […]

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