Helping you get the best from your studies
Whether you’re studying for a qualification or a standalone module, make sure you read the description carefully and ask any additional questions you may have about what’s involved. This will ensure that you get the right level of support to make the best of your studies.
Some qualifications may be more accessible than others, depending on your specific needs, but we offer a comprehensive range of services to support you:
Accessible study materials
We provide a variety of formats to make printed texts, audio/visual content, interactive activities, or other online resources accessible.
If you are not eligible for funding, our lending scheme can provide you with specialist equipment or software, enabling you to study at home, in tutorials, at day schools or residential schools.
Access to tutorials and day schools*
We can help you with access and taking part in talking, listening, note-taking and group activities; or provide alternative arrangements if you are unable to participate.
If you're not able to sit an examination under standard conditions or you have difficulties with an assessment, we will make reasonable adjustments to suit your needs.
Residential schools support*
A few courses have residential schools, which can be the highlight of OU study. We’re committed to helping you attend and may be able to provide the support and facilities you need.
If you're in the UK, you may be able to get Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding to help with study costs. You don't have to be registered disabled, and it's not age or income related.
*As a part of our response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we don’t expect to be able to offer face-to-face tuition on modules beginning before 31 August 2021. For any face-to-face events we’re unable to offer, online alternatives will be provided instead.
Find out more about how the OU supports disabled students at our Disability support website. Or, find out how to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.