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Hello, I am new here so sorry if I am not doing this correctly.
I am moving to Spain in a few months for reasons and thanks to an inheritance I would like to educate myself. The problem is I only have GCSEs and I would like to get into higher education (university if possible) I was thinking of studying A Level exams online for 2 years (and I would sit for the exams on one of the British Council centers in Spain) and in that way get into higher education. But I don't know if that is the best option since I don't know what other possibilities I would have there.
I would like to get into engineering. Do you have any advice on what would be the best and quickest way to do it?
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Have you considered that The Open University does Engineering degrees?

You would have no need to obtain A levels first as you could start with a foundation course and then work up from there.

Course enrolment closes on 12 September to begin studies in February next year, you could be in Spain or wherever you like and still study.

The system has been working well for 50 years and helped me change from modern language teaching to honours degree then post-graduate diploma in IT and management. However many of my fellow students had no post-16 education but coped well because the concepts are explained so well. Tutor help is easily available, including remedial help if need be.

Link is: https://www.open.ac.uk/
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Have you considered that The Open University does Engineering degrees?

You would have no need to obtain A levels first as you could start with a foundation course and then work up from there.

Course enrolment closes on 12 September to begin studies in February next year, you could be in Spain or wherever you like and still study.

The system has been working well for 50 years and helped me change from modern language teaching to honours degree then post-graduate diploma in IT and management. However many of my fellow students had no post-16 education but coped well because the concepts are explained so well. Tutor help is easily available, including remedial help if need be.

Link is: https://www.open.ac.uk/
Absolutely, the OU is a wonderful institution. My brother left school at 16 with no A-levels, and two years ago completed an Honours degree course in Quantum Physics.

It's much more expensive than it used to be, however.

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Absolutely, the OU is a wonderful institution. My brother left school at 16 with no A-levels, and two years ago completed an Honours degree course in Quantum Physics.

It's much more expensive than it used to be, however.

It’s so very expensive now, I would love to continue with some of the degree courses but totally out of my budget and I would have thought out of many other people’s budget, particularly the very people it’s aimed at
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Have you considered that The Open University does Engineering degrees?

You would have no need to obtain A levels first as you could start with a foundation course and then work up from there.

Course enrolment closes on 12 September to begin studies in February next year, you could be in Spain or wherever you like and still study.

The system has been working well for 50 years and helped me change from modern language teaching to honours degree then post-graduate diploma in IT and management. However many of my fellow students had no post-16 education but coped well because the concepts are explained so well. Tutor help is easily available, including remedial help if need be.

Link is: https://www.open.ac.uk/
Totally agree that distance or remote learning like the OU is the way to go - to reduce University costs, tuition fees
and you could base yourself anywhere including Spain to do so, if you have set your heart on Spain.
On top of that you could earn while your learning with the OU by becoming a Digital Nomad at the same time.

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There are also loads of courses that one can do online in Spain.

My son is currently doing his masters, but online with a university in Barcelona (we're in Valencia)

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Yes I also did a few courses with the OU but stopped when they hiked the prices.

Another factor is whether the op would count as a home student after Brexit. My understanding is that you need to have been resident for 3 years in the UK in order to qualify as a home student, if not you need to pay overseas prices, which are astronomical. Of course this may change, but as things stand it seems even being a UK citizen won't help you qualify if you haven't been living in th UK.
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It’s so very expensive now, I would love to continue with some of the degree courses but totally out of my budget and I would have thought out of many other people’s budget, particularly the very people it’s aimed at
So no longer really an "Open" University - just retained the name.
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Yes I also did a few courses with the OU but stopped when they hiked the prices.

Another factor is whether the op would count as a home student after Brexit. My understanding is that you need to have been resident for 3 years in the UK in order to qualify as a home student, if not you need to pay overseas prices, which are astronomical. Of course this may change, but as things stand it seems even being a UK citizen won't help you qualify if you haven't been living in th UK.
That is what I found, and I was born and raised in the UK.

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Future Learn is the new Open University, but more short courses, not degrees I think. Still worth looking at

https://www.futurelearn.com/

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