Understanding study intensity change among education studies (primary) concurrent students

Cooke, Carolyn; Peterkin, Anton; Todd-Ellis, Ashleigh; Carden, Catherine; Scott, Chloe; Mogridge, Claire; Buck, Julie; Gallastegi, Lore and Wroe, Stuart (2024). Understanding study intensity change among education studies (primary) concurrent students. PRAXIS, Open University.


Students on The Open University’s (OU) Education Studies (Primary) programme have the option to study two modules concurrently completing the BA (Honours) in 3 years as opposed to 6 (when studying part-time). To adapt to changing circumstances some students choose to defer one or both these modules. Speaking with concurrent students who deferred one module, and Senior/Education Advisors and Associate Lecturers (ALs) who support them, this research explored the reasons why students deferred a module, the support they drew on to take the decision, and the impact deferral had on their wellbeing. The research proposes a number of recommendations for the different stages of a student journey from information and guidance to registration and module presentation, as well as suggestions to improve the support concurrent students deferring a module access at The OU.

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