How to apply
You apply directly to The Open University in three easy steps – no need to go via UCAS.
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For most courses, there are no formal entry requirements.
There's nothing to pay at this point. Register as soon as you can, so you have plenty of time to sort out payment, credit transfer if you've studied before, and support if you have a disability. And you'll be off to a flying start with preparing for study.
Flexible payment options help to make study affordable. We’ll guide you through the whole process, which needs to be completed by the registration closing date.
More about payment options
When to apply
Registration is now open for the following start dates.
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If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. It’s not just study completed at a university that can be considered, you can transfer study from a wide range of professional qualifications as well. A full list of the qualifications and institutions we can consider for credit transfer can be found on our credit transfer website.
You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide original evidence of your previous study. We will compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen qualification and inform you of any award.
For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
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