I had a conversation recently with a fellow OU psychology student who told me she’d decided to switch from the (soon to be defunct) conversion diploma in psychology to the degree course. Her rationale was that a degree is more widely recognised by other people than the conversion diploma (and it takes far less time to explain what it is!) and that the credit transfer unit at the OU had awarded her the 75 credits of ‘free choice’ she needed to reach the required 360 credits for the psychology B.Sc. from her first degree.
This conversation has really got me thinking. To complete the conversion diploma you require 255 credits of study, made up from DSE212, ED209, DXR222 (or DZX222), DD303 and DD307. I’ve completed four of these courses already and have a place confirmed on DD307 next year.
To complete the degree requires exactly the same set of courses, plus the 30 credit SD226 – biological psychology course and 75 credits from anywhere else. As I’ve blogged before, I’m really not keen on the idea of taking this course, not because of its legendary status of being a 30 credit course which requires 60 credits of effort, but because I don’t like ‘yukky diagrams of the brain‘. (Yes, I know how wussy that sounds).
I spoke to the credit transfer unit at the OU and on the basis of the information they’ve given me so far, my 1985 degree in Computer Science should give me the additional 75 credits I would need for the B.Sc. In fact, it looks as if any degree from anywhere in the UK and Ireland, started and awarded after January 1971 would do the trick.
So, for an additional 30 credits (and £390) it looks as if I could obtain a second degree. What’s even more attractive is that I would only need to gain a pass on SD226, as I already have 120 credits from level 2 at distinction. So even if I put almost no effort into it, my SD226 mark wouldn’t affect my overall degree classification, so long as I passed. With no final examination at the end of SD226 (it’s assessed on 4 TMAs and an end of course assignment (ECA)), I’m now very tempted to change track.
If I do decide to, I have to make a decision before 22nd December if I’m going to take SD226 next year. Given the huge uncertainty over fees from 2012 at the OU, I also think it’s a case of it being now or never for me. Taking SD226 next year would also mean I could still start my masters in 2012!
90 points from SD226 and DD307 in the same year and a (more than) full-time job.
How hard can it be? I think I may be about to find out …