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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?
For information on how to apply click here

What is the deadline for applications?
You can apply at any time but Open University modules start at set times during the year. You will need to apply to your partner university in plenty of time to allow you to register on the scheme and for your first OU module.  For example, we recommend that you apply to the partner no later than early August for OU modules starting in October and early November for OU modules starting in February.

What subjects can I study and where?
For information on degrees available and at which universities click here.

What qualification will I get and who will award it?
Your degree will be awarded by your full time partner university, just as if you had studied the whole course with the full time partner, for example a BSc (Hons) Chemistry or BSc (Hons) Physics. See the subjects available page for all the different degree options available. 

Will I mix with other students while studying with the OU?
The extent to which you keep in touch with other students is entirely up to you.  Some students make full use of the range of activities available, which include: attending tutorial support sessions organised by your tutor; organising a self-help study group (online or face to face); contacting your local Open University Students Association (OUSA). Others students opt to have very little contact with others.

Many of the full time partners are planning events and opportunities for you to meet other students.

Can I get a student loan or other financial support?
Please see our fees and financial support page for the most up to date information.

 Do I need Maths and English GCSE?
Speak to your chosen partner university to find out their requirements. If you do need to gain a Maths or English GCSE qualification you may be able to do this for free by contacting Learndirect (Telephone 0800 101 901).

Is the Open University a 'proper' University?
Yes. The Open University (OU) is Britain’s largest university.  More than 200,000 people study with the OU every year. We are also an active researching university, meet some of our science academics and find out about their research.

Seventy-five per cent of the FTSE top-100 companies are sponsoring, or have sponsored, their staff on Open University modules and qualifications.

The OU has an excellent reputation for Student Satisfaction. It has been at the forefront of the National Student Survey rankings since they were introduced in 2005 (see more).

Can I study with OpenPlus from outside of the UK?
Depending on which subject you want to study you may be able to join OpenPlus. See our international page for details.  

Can I study for a whole degree with the Open University?
Yes, the Open University offers undergradtuate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and other qualifications as well as individual modules. See the Open University home page for details.