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OU Validated Awards Duplicate Certificates

Important note: This page is for holders of an OU-validated award only.
WE CANNOT VERIFY AWARDS GAINED THROUGH STUDY DIRECTLY WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY.  For verification of an Open University direct (distance learning) award, please contact the Qualifications Centre via
For third party requests (e.g. employers and agencies), please refer to the menu to the right of the page.

OU validation is a stamp of quality that guarantees the value of your qualification. It responds to stringent quality assurance processes, such as external examiner scrutiny and the systematic application of the Quality Assurance Agency defined standards. This means that OU-validated programmes are equivalent in level and standard to similar awards offered throughout UK Higher Education. They offer exactly the same opportunities as OU direct awards in terms of employment and application for postgraduate study.

Duplicate certificates have precisely the same standing as the original which they replace, but they are produced in the format currently in use and may not be a facsimile copy of the original.

If you wish to apply for a duplicate certificate, please do so by post or online by selecting one of the links below. We charge a £58 fee for this service.

Important notes: 

  • Do not apply if you have a BTEC, HND, HNC, ONC, City and Guilds award, Polytechnic diploma or any other university award (including Open University direct awards)
  • If we are unable to locate your award record, we will refund 50% of the fee you have paid. We will confirm this by email.
  • Student transcripts: We cannot provide student transcripts. If you wish to obtain a transcript relating to all or any part of the programme you undertook as a student, please apply directly to the institution at which you studied.
  • Please read the OU-Validated Awards Privacy Notice before making an application.

The usual turnaround time for Duplicate Certificates of OU-validated awards is 5-7 working days.