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Entry requirements and prior knowledge

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Many degree programmes in distance education have no specific entry requirements, others have the same requirements as face to face programmes on that level.

Most open universities don't have specific entry requirements, as they are open to all students, especially to these, who need a second chance to follow higher education. Hence, open universities are accessible for you, even when you might not have a certificate from secondary school.

The open Universities - opening access to education

In Europe, the Open University of the UK (1970) was the first established to organize open and distance education for a broad range of curricula, especially to widen the participation for students who don't fulfill all usual admission criteria. Consequently, in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey open universities were established, using the same model with an open admission. Millions of students have successfully followed open university education in the meantime and still do so.

Because of the open admission, teaching and learning is especially conceived to adapt to the needs of students and to make them successful in their study. The courses are student-centred and therefore developed according to a model which supports independent learning, as most of the students are employed and study at home. The content is well explained and structured around learning activities and assessments. Special course units are aimed at remedying eventual knowledge gaps. Multiple learning media are used. Learning is supported by face to face tutorials in study centres and/or by learning communities on line. Students get personal study guidance and attention. All this should enable students, who don't fulfill all entry requirements to study degree programmes at the university level

For master degree programmes, also open universities might require entry requirements.

Requirements to enrol at other DL institutes

Some distance teaching universities apply strict entry requirements as conventional universities do. (e.g. in Germany). In this sense, they are not always open. Then, the same entry requirements apply as for on campus programmes, even at the bachelor level.

Like in conventional universities, for many courses entry requirements are not applicable, when you want to follow a course to obtain some credits. In this case, you enrol for a specific course only. These credits count when you would register at a later stage for an entire degree programme. Often, credits are taken in a framework of professional development or continuing education.

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As open and distance higher education is primarily meant for mature students, usual entry requirements can be replaced by an assessment of prior knowledge. Of course, this is important to students, who already got a lot of knowledge and skills through their work experience.

In other distance programmes, prior knowledge gained from work experience or through another way is valorised. In this case, the university will recognize this as meeting a requirement for some courses or programmes.

Increasing choice, diversity of models

In order to widen the participation in higher education, the Bologna process has stimulated the accreditation of prior (experiential) knowledge and competences for accessing degree programmes. This is especially meant for mature students in a context of lifelong learning and it is one of the factors to enhance the flexibility of higher education. Universities apply specific procedures or domain-specific tests for the recognition of prior learning. When you apply for a degree programme and you don fulfill all entry requirements, it is useful to inform yourself about this at the university of your choice.

Universities in the spotlight

University of Essex

Colchester, United Kingdom

Founded nearly fifty years ago, the University of Essex is ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for the quality of our research and second among mainstream UK universities for overall student satisfaction. We are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in Britain, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK.

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University of Macerata

Macerata, Italy

The University of Macerata has a centuries- long tradition of excellence which goes back to the 13th C. The University has a quite unique feature of the exclusive focus on Humanities an Social Sciences and has been repeatedly awarded as one of the best Italian universities for both its Research and Teaching activities. In the university of Macerata you will enjoy a lively and highly international environment within the peaceful and enjoyable heart of Italy.

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University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a world-class research university and is ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide.* The University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation, and is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities. Its pioneering reputation attracts students, experts and partners from around the world. Through its research, teaching and collaborations, the University seeks to be life changing and world shaping.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education

Glion, Switzerland

Glion Institute of Higher education offers a unique, global approach to hospitality and services management education to prepare students for careers around the world. We combine 50 years of Swiss hotel management expertise, including hands on learning and professional internships, with modern international business courses. Students develop a strong foundation of cultural awareness, plus people and project management skills that will take their career to the world stage.

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Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria)

Leiria, Portugal

IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education that began its activity in 1980 and is present in the region of Leiria and West through its five schools of higher education, located in Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health), Caldas da Rainha (School of Arts and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Sea Technology).

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