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How to apply

You apply directly to The Open University in three easy steps – no need to go via UCAS.

Find a course

Find a course

For most courses, there are no formal entry requirements.

Register for a course


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.

Arrange payment

Arrange payment

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.

Course start Registration closing date
September 201513/08/2015
October 201510/09/2015
February 201607/01/2016
April 201610/03/2016

Credit transfer

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.