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All the key areas of personal finance are covered, so that you can master your money decisions


MSE’S ‘Academoney’ support discussion thread

edited 21 May at 10:20AM in Student Money Saving
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MSE_MollyMSE_Molly
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edited 21 May at 10:20AM in Student Money Saving

Hello MoneySavers!

If you haven’t already heard, the MoneySavingExpert.com team has some exciting news! We’ve teamed up with world-leading learning institution, The Open University (OU) to launch a new, completely free and independent academic course, to help give the nation the skills and knowledge to truly master their finances. You can read the full news story here.

The course – MSE’s Academy of Money – is prepared and written by The Open University, with support and guidance from MSE. It’s made up of six two-hour sessions of study covering all the key aspects of personal finance.

It’s a major project that we, Martin and the OU are all extremely proud of, so we wanted to create a dedicated space on the Forum for those of you taking part.

This thread is designed especially for those of you choosing to enrol on the course, aka ‘Academoney students’, as an area for you to chat freely about how you’re getting on, any grey areas where you may need a helping hand, or words of encouragement.

You can sign up to the course here, but before that, we’ve included a brief overview below so you know what to expect:

  • MSE’s Academy of Money is written by The OU, with support and guidance from MSE.
  • It is made up of six two-hour study sessions, packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities, covering all the key aspects of personal finance, including spending, borrowing, mortgages, saving, investing and retirement. So it should take you around 12 hours in all to complete.
  • It’s hosted on the OU’s OpenLearn platform, and is a flexible course, allowing you to study at your own pace. You can even choose to complete just one topic to brush up – but to get the OpenLearn Badge, you’ll have to complete all six.
  • It is available to anyone, for free.
  • Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an OU digital badge and a statement of participation once you’ve completed all six parts and an end-of-course quiz. You can share your badge with friends, family and employers, as well as with others here on the Forum!

What is a badged course?

Badged courses from The OU provide another way of helping you to progress from informal to formal learning, as well as educating communities remotely. They are available on the OU’s OpenLearn website and do not cost anything to study. They differ from OU courses because you do not receive support from a tutor, but you do get useful feedback from the interactive quizzes.

So there you have it – will you be joining the ‘Academoney’? Let us know and post below!

MSE Molly


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  • HettaHetta Forumite
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    I have enrolled onto the course and it’s very timely as I was thinking of investments and retirement funds. 
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  • fatbellyfatbelly Forumite
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    I've signed up to it. So far it's more OU than mse but let's see how it goes.
  • GabiBGabiB Forumite
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    Do you need an account to do it?
    13 year old MoneySaving geek who loves reading MSE and who’s dream came true appearing on Martin’s show 😃
  • HettaHetta Forumite
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    You do need to set an account to do it @GabiB
    MFW 2020 #141 - £4169.22 / £6000
    MFit T5 #57
    Mortgage (30yrs): Feb 2019: £280k, May 2020: £267k
    Goal: Mortgage free in 15 years – 2035
  • claremyloveclaremylove Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Xmas Saver!
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    All enrolled  :)  Looking forward to seeing what the course is like!
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  • DianicDianic Forumite
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    I'm signing up and have told my daughter about it too - saw it on Martin's show the other night. Any help for someone whose late hubby took all the responsibility for bills previously, has got to be a good thing.
  • GabiBGabiB Forumite
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    Will be signing up!
    13 year old MoneySaving geek who loves reading MSE and who’s dream came true appearing on Martin’s show 😃
  • Karen0007Karen0007 Forumite
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    I've just enrolled.  Hoping I can enthuse my teenagers to do it after me while keeping my brain ticking over while in furlough. 
  • edited 27 May at 1:42PM
    MollyRMollyR Forumite
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    edited 27 May at 1:42PM
    It should be interesting;  all my financial knowledge has simply been accumulated over the years, I have never actually learned it as an education subject, so I am sure this will fill in gaps in my knowledge.  And it is a new little hobby for lockdown!
    I wonder whether, when we complete the course, MSE will make it possible for us to add the OU badge to the collection in our profiles?
  • GabiBGabiB Forumite
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    MollyR said:
    It should be interesting;  all my financial knowledge has simply been accumulated over the years, I have never actually learned it as an education subject, so I am sure this will fill in gaps in my knowledge.  And it is a new little hobby for lockdown!
    I wonder whether, when we complete the course, MSE will make it possible for us to add the OU badge to the collection in our profiles?
    I was thinking that too! Not sure if they could if the OU use a different system, but would be brilliant if they did.
    13 year old MoneySaving geek who loves reading MSE and who’s dream came true appearing on Martin’s show 😃
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