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BeckyMx

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Nov 17, 2016
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I am looking to do an online Honours Degree course with Open University. Computing and IT, of course. I eventually want to make a career working in Cyber Crime (Forensic Analyst) and I wanted to ask you guys if this is a good starting point? Open University also do Criminology courses but I read online that it is best to take the Computing courses instead. I cannot attend a particular University as I have young children, so it is ideal for me to study at home. I already have a lot of experience with the Deep Web, as I enjoy researching how it works and what it is etc. I also have A grade GCSEs from when I was at school years ago. Could anyone help me out please? Thank you.
 

SgtJackie

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Nov 30, 2015
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OU is hard, very hard, and the standards are higher than at a lot of traditional "brick" universities. But they are very good at what they do and as you say, it's ideal for people with family committments, etc.

I don't know whether they still do an "open" Degree where you can mix and match the modules, that is good if you later decide that forensics is not for you after all (Computer Forensics degrees have a very high drop-out rate) and it's easy to switch to something else, you will not have wasted your time, effort and money on something that you have to later discard. (The OU is not a cheap business!)

The Computing and IT is your best bet IMO; you can supplement it with general Criminology/Forensics courses from other places, there are even some free ones you can get on line, eg Futurelearn. In fact it might be an idea to check out some of the free ones first to get a "feel" for the subject, but make sure it's from a reputable place like Futurelearn, Coursera, Edexcel, OfCourse. There are a lot of courses out there that are basically written by chancers and the quality/accuracy is questionable.

Pros of the OU - flexibility, can take as much time as you want, can pay in stages, very high quality teaching, good support.
Cons - expensive, and there is still a stigma out there that it's all hippies with long hair and cord jackets doing telly programs at three in the morning; as so consequently it's not a "real" degree, or not as good as a "proper" degree. I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth!

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 

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