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Preparing for study with an Access module

It doesn’t matter where you start from, it’s where you want to be and how determined you are to get there that counts.

  • Will this be your first taste of university?
  • Do you want to improve your confidence and brush up on your study skills?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then an Access module could be right for you, and you could be eligible to study for free!

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What is an Access module?

Access modules provide the perfect introduction to distance learning and university-level study. Our study materials are designed to help refresh your learning skills and build your self-confidence.

You'll complete your Access module over 30 weeks, studying for around nine hours a week. You'll get:

  • personal tutor support with one-to-one telephone tutorials.
  • a dedicated team to support you through your studies.
  • detailed written feedback.
  • an OU Access Module Certificate when you complete your course.

I studied an Access module because I wanted to get a taste of what studying with the OU was like. It equipped me with the necessary skills, which in turn gave me the confidence to study at degree level.

Tim Walker, LLB (Hons)

Why study an Access module?

Our Access modules can be studied in preparation for an OU qualification or, if you're not ready to commit to a qualification yet you can study an Access module on a "standalone" basis. An Access module could be right for you if you want to:

  • study a degree but haven't completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • build your confidence and develop your study skills.
  • increase your chance of success in future study.
  • try out the OU's style of learning before starting a qualification.
  • get back into study after a long break.

Studying with the OU has really boosted my confidence. I now feel able to go forward and carry on studying.

Deborah Butler, Access student

Our Access modules

You can choose from three Access modules which start in October and February each year.

Did you know?

Students who prepare by taking an Access module are more likely to be successful in their future studies.

Registering for an Access module

Booking your place is easy:

  1. Choose your qualification or access module.
  2. Call us on +44 (0)1908 659253 or book a call back to secure your place. There’s nothing to pay at this stage. We’ll check if your chosen module is the right starting point for you, answer your questions and guide you through the next steps.
  3. Decide how to pay (you may be able to study for free).
  4. Complete your registration.

Study for free

You could be eligible to study your module for free.

In order to qualify you must:

  • be resident in England
  • be registered on a qualification
  • have a household income of less than £25,000 (or be in receipt of qualifying benefits)
  • have not completed one year or more on any full-time undergraduate programme at NQF Level 4 or above, or completed 30 credits or more of OU study.

If you are unsure if you meet these criteria why not speak to one of our friendly advisers on +44 (0)1908 659253 or book a call back.

Paying for your study

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria to study for free, there are flexible ways to pay including spreading the cost through monthly payments or, if you are registered on a qualification, a part-time tuition fee loan.

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