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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Rip off England

I apologise in advance for the rant, but I feel it's necessary to highlight the fact that those of us who live in England are getting right royally ripped off yet no one seems to protest about it.

The Open University has always been extremely good at helping those less fortunate to gain a qualification on an equal platform with the better off.  Following the OU route to a degree or post-grad qualification is also a very good way for students to study part-time while working, and for home educated children to gain a university degree via an alternative route to a traditional university place.

I've been looking at the OU website following the recent changes to the fee structure.  I was aware that funding for people on low incomes was set to change as of 2012,  but I wasn't aware of just how huge the difference in fees was going to be, dependant on where you lived.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the fee structure for a level 3 science course, S339 "Understanding the Continents".

So much for the United Kingdom, or Great Britain.

Students who live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are expected to pay £420.00 for the S339 course, yet students who live in ENGLAND, are expected to pay almost three times this amount - the fee for an English student being £1250.00 for courses taken 2012/13.


Why the hell is England constantly being ripped off, while the other three countries that make up Britain pay so much less?  Why should English based students have to pay almost three times what their Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish counterparts pay for a degree level education, and presumably, finish their degree with three times the debt of their counterparts?

And when it comes to home-educated children who choose to pursue an OU-based degree and whose parents are helping pay for said degree, why should they have to pay three times as much to help their child gain his degree, just because they're English?

I for one, protest.


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