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Offering a route into higher education for anyone with a desire to learn

John D'Arcy from the OU in Ireland

STUDENTS with "a desire to learn" are this week finding out more about opportunities at the Open University.

The popular institution is holding an open week until November 11 at its headquarters in Belfast.

All this week, a designated team of specialist staff has been available to answer queries about studying with OU as well as providing information on courses, qualifications, fees and financial support options.

The OU offers a route into higher education "for anyone with a desire to learn". Its open access policy means that traditional entry qualifications are not a requirement for the majority of its courses. No other university makes this unique offer, especially across the full range of university subject areas.

John D'Arcy, national director of The Open University, said the institution helped facilitate lifelong learning.

Obtaining a higher level qualification, he said, could open up a whole range of opportunities.

"No-one should feel that the chance to study at university has passed them by. The Open University specialises in giving people the opportunity to study towards a higher level qualification in a way that fits around their job, family and caring commitments," he said.

"Studying with The Open University at undergraduate level requires no prior formal qualifications. All you need is the commitment and the desire to find out what you are capable of. You also don't need to wait until next September to begin your studies as many of our courses start in February 2017.

"If you call into our Belfast office at 110 Victoria Street during Open Week, our team will be able to guide you on how easy it is to make that first step. It could be a moment that changes your life."

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