The information published on these pages shows:
It also shows these numbers by reference to:
It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances
With regard to information that is split by the three characteristics of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background you will see that some figures may be highlighted. This is because those differences between groups of students with particular characteristics are notable.
The Open University has a different application, offer and acceptance process than other universities. This is because, in most cases, our students do not have to meet a set of entry requirements, we are an open-entry university. For the purpose of this Transparency return the Office for Students has approved Open University specific definitions for applications, offers, accepted offers and registrations. These are explained in the notes accompanying the tables.
Different rounding strategies are used depending on the number of students included in the calculation, if the denominator rounds to:
|Number of applications||Percentage of applications that received an offer||Percentage of applications that accepted an offer||Percentage of applications that led to a registration|
|EIMD quintile||1 and 2||40||60%||60%||60%|
|3 to 5||30||55%||55%||55%|
|EIMD quintile||1 and 2||19360||99.4%||73.6%||63.6%|
|3 to 5||21390||99.1%||78.9%||70.4%|
|EIMD quintile||1 and 2||280||67%||67%||67%|
|3 to 5||460||75%||74%||74%|
Read the detailed information on applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants to the Open University.
|EIMD quintile||1 and 2||42.3%|
|3 to 5||54.9%|
Read the detailed information about the number of students who achieved a degree or other academic award on completion of their course with the Open University.