Friday 28 September 2012

Open University Low cost modules

Access to Success Route

The Access to Success Route is our unique access provision designed for people on low incomes, who are new to higher education, and who do not have the qualifications traditionally required for university entry.

Will I be eligible for a place?

If you’re new to the OU, have an annual household income of less than £25,000 and live in England you may be eligible for a place.
Places are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
If your household income is higher than £25,000 and you’re still looking for an introduction to higher education you may be interested in one of our short introductory Openings modules as a standalone course.

What can I study?

The Access to Success Route is a two-step process:
  1. In Step 1 you'll start with one of our short introductory Openings modules. With lots of support and no examinations, these modules are specifically designed to give you a gentle introduction to a subject and to study with The Open University.
  2. On successful completion of Step 1 you will then be prepared to move on to Step 2. This involves studying a more in-depth subject module in the area of your choice.

How much will it cost?

All we'll ask you to pay is a £25 contribution towards the cost of Step 1 (normal price £625) and a £50 contribution towards the cost of Step 2 (normal price £2,500). So, in total, you will be asked to pay just £75 for modules that would normally cost in excess of £3,000.

How to apply

Please note that you are unable to register for this route online. To ensure a place in this provision you will need to get in touch with us either by phone or email. Our team of advisers are here to help you and make sure you get on the right study path.
You may also wish to take a look at our online tool to try some of our activities to help you decide whether you're ready and if the Access to Success Route is the right starting point for you.

BFE Social Media Sites

BFE Social Media Sites

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Jobs Alert

Hi All

Please find below links to jobs for this week. Click on the link for more information and how to apply:  Age concern looking for Care workers  St Anthony's looking for care workers  Care assistant for people with autism spectrum 
Female care workers in Gateshead- no experience necessary

Monday 24 September 2012

Email address if you want to send work accross

Here is my email if you want to send your work  to me  in the coming weeks

24th September 2012- Unit 1 Communication

Hi All 

Hope that you found the session ok? 
 Different ,I know to the way most of you are used to learning- but feedback from previous groups show that learners prefer this style of delivery at this higher level. 
But please let me know your feedback. 

Well done for all your positive contributions.. nice to see the knowledge from previous Level 2 courses flowing back, and being used in this level 3 work. I am, of course expecting great things from you all!! 

I have posted below links to the 2 clips we had planned to view.... based on Telecare technology, which is becoming common in the health and social care area.

Don't forget your handouts next week as we will be starting assignment work.

Look forward to seeing you then.  


Article about cost of Elderly Bed Blockers

Friday 21 September 2012

Event for jobseekers at Durham Cricket Club

Free event at Durham cricket club- but you MUST register to join.  Let me know and I will register you.

Free E-learning in Social Care

Link to free on-line learning for health and social care wokers

First session

Hi All
Looking forward to Monday and getting the First Unit-Communication under way!!

See you all then


Appeals Procedure -All Courses


Step 1:
If you disagree with an assessment decision, in the first instance you should discuss this with your assessor.

Step 2:
Having discussed your concern if you are not satisfied with the assessment decision you may then appeal to your internal verifier.  You should complete a candidate’s appeal form and submit it to Admin Services.

The I.V. will within one month of the assessment review the details of your appeal and then give feedback within fourteen days.

Step 3:
If you still do not agree with the decision then you may appeal with your Centre Manager.  You should do this in writing to outlining your concern.  The Centre Manager will respond within 14 days of receipt of your appeal.

Step 4:
If you are not satisfied with your Centre Manager’s decision then you may make a final appeal to the External Verifier of the Awarding Body.

Assessor:                              Tracy Woollett

Internal Verifier:                   Diane Pringle

External Verifier:                 Jennifer Woods

Monday 17 September 2012

17th September 2012

Well done to everyone for completing the Literacy assessments today.
Enjoyed the discussion around the health service -lots of interesting viewpoints.

Remember to look at your command words.


Monday 10 September 2012

Monday 10th September

Big thanks go out to :

Tracey and Pauline Nealings
Lucy Wallis
Caroline Fitzpatrick
Stephanie Carse
Donna McDonald
Claire McCann
Ewelina Pawlak
Michael Cooke

For coming along to the session today- and for taking on board everything that was said.

Any queries or worries... you know where I am!!