Ways to Enrol, Concessions, Costs and Conditions, and more
Methods of Enrolment
You can enrol online for all of our courses. A secure online enrolment form is available. Payment by credit or debit card is included as part of the enrolment process.
We will accept only postal and online enrolments before Monday 5th September 2016. All methods of enrolment, including postal and online, will then be accepted from that date onwards.
Students should complete the enrolment form in the centre of the brochure and can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. If students are enrolling by post for more than one course then separate enrolment forms and cheques are needed for each course.
Students may enrol in person during office hours which are Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. If you enrol in person you may pay in cash, by cheque, credit or debit card.
Students may enrol by telephone during office hours as detailed above, paying by credit or debit card.
Confirmation of Enrolment
If you enrol in person, by post or by telephone, a receipt will be sent out to you in the post. If you have enrolled online, a confirmation of enrolment will be sent to your email address. The Confirmation of Enrolment is your only acknowledgement of enrolment. If you enrol by telephone or post and have not received your Confirmation of Enrolment within ten days then please let us know.
Costs and Conditions
There is no upper age limit, however the minimum age for students attending these adult learning programmes is 18, unless otherwise stated.
The information about each course gives details of the fee that must be paid. For many courses, a concessionary fee is also given. The concession is available for those who are in receipt of State Benefits (including pensions), or are full-time students, or are members of University staff holding a valid staff card.
Over-subscribed and Cancelled Courses
Unfortunately, we are unable to run courses that are under-subscribed so all our courses are offered subject to a certain minimum enrolment (usually 12 students). Occasionally we are forced to cancel a course. If this happens we shall let you know as soon as we can and refund your enrolment fee.
Early Bird - We make the decision on whether or not to run a course seven days before the course start date based on whether we have reached the minimum number of enrolments. So please help us to help you! If we receive your booking at least seven days in advance of the course start date you will help us to ensure that courses are not cancelled.
Be an early bird and enrol well in advance!
When a class is full/cancelled, it will no longer appear in the online enrolment site.
We regret that fees cannot be refunded except when a course does not run or if your application is rejected because the course is full. The University is unable to refund fees when, for whatever reason, the student fails to attend.
The University, via the Open Learning Programme Co-ordinator, reserves the right to exclude any student from its Open Learning courses for behaviour which: (1) is abusive or threatening to other course participants or University staff and/or (2) disrupts the learning of other participants and/or (3) damages or misuses University equipment or property.
Facilities for Disabled Students
We welcome applications from people with disabilities and we will do our best to ensure that your individual requirements are met so you can get the most from your course. The range of services for students with disabilities is being expanded all the time and we can arrange, for example, note-takers or proof-readers or special equipment. Although things are improving, some of the University’s older buildings are still presenting difficulties for students using wheelchairs and for the less mobile. Please let the Open Learning Office know by contacting the office on tel: 9097 3323 as soon as you decide to enrol for a course so that we can make special arrangements to meet your needs. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee to meet your support needs.
Although the Open Learning staff members are always happy to help, you may want to contact the University’s Disability Services unit. The unit is headed by Linda Maguire, the Disability Services
Co-ordinator, and Linda and her team are always delighted to meet prospective students to discuss their needs and the types of support available. Full details of the range of services are contained in the University’s Guide for Students with Disabilities available from:
Student Guidance Centre
Queen’s University Belfast
91a University Road
Telephone: (028) 9097 2727
The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work has also a member of its academic staff to act as its disability adviser. Tess Maginess can discuss your individual requirements and liaise with colleagues to help ensure you get the support you need. Telephone (028) 9097 2512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to assist you in relation to Health and Safety Regulations, the University can prepare a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) so that you can be supported to get out of the buildings in the unlikely event of a fire or other emergency. Please contact Disability Services if this PEEP would be helpful to you.
We regret that there is no parking within the University precinct for students attending day-time classes. For evening classes, limited parking is available from 5.00 pm on the main site.
Access to the Library
You can qualify for a library card if you enrol for a 20-week credit bearing course or 2 x 10-week credit bearing courses (one in the Autumn and one in the New Year) by the end of October. Please contact the office on 028 9097 3323 to request a library card.
Information on Credit Points (CATS)
CATS stands for Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. This is a national scheme which has been established to allow different types of academic courses to be compared and valued and even transferred and traded.
What about the level? The level gives an indication of the difficulty of the course or, in positive terms, the intellectual rigour of the course. Level 1 typically equates to the first year of a traditional three year primary degree. Level 0 indicates the level below the first year of a university course.
If you choose to do a course that offers CATS points then to earn the points you will have to attend at least 75% of classes, and successfully complete the work set by your tutor.
Notes for Completing Assignments
The Open Learning Programme aims to ensure that all students get the most out of their experiences with the University. We have sought, over many years, to develop a model of education that proves learning can be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience. As part of this we have always sought to emphasise the role played by assessments in the learning process and to encourage students to take on the added challenge of completing the assignments set in each course.
It is important to note that this is not the ‘Pass’ and ‘Fail’ exercise many of us think of when we hear the word assessment. Rather, the completion of an Open Learning assignment is an important part of your overall learning experience. The feedback provided by tutors should be seen, not as a judgement of ability, but rather as a very individual record of progress made to date. Importantly, this feedback will also offer advice as to how you can further improve your work and continue on your journey of personal development.
As a university based and accredited programme we are guided by the marking criteria used across the institution. This criteria assesses students’ work based on three key aspects:
- Understanding of topic
- Critical Thinking/Analysis
- Presentation (including correct use of academic format and referencing)
The grades/marks awarded will therefore be based on how each of these are applied within an assignment.
It is important that as you quote or refer to other works in support of an argument, that each one is carefully referenced. It should normally be presented at either the bottom of the page or at the end of the essay and in the following format: Barrell, J., The Dark Side of the Landscape, (Cambridge 1980) p. 16