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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but it's very important you:

  • are well prepared to study mathematics at this level;
  • are a competent user of the English language – explained on our website;
  • have access to a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics, during Stage 3 of this qualification.

You need some experience in mathematics – you must be comfortable with the following topics:

  • arithmetic of numbers, including negative numbers and fractions;
  • scientific notation for numbers (sometimes known as standard form);
  • powers of numbers including square roots;
  • using your scientific calculator effectively for the above topics, and for working with brackets and π;
  • using simple word formulas;
  • drawing and interpreting simple charts and graphs.

Check you’re ready with our self-assessed quiz. We’ve study resources to help you prepare.

If you score very highly in that self-assessed quiz, consider starting at a higher level and at a faster pace – check you’ve the necessary experience and confidence for the intensive start, with this self-assessed quiz.

There’s lots more advice and guidance at our MathsChoices website.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing normally 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

Preparing for study with an Access module

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:

  • a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend:
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In this section:
How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,012*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £18,072*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a computer, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you start studying.

Residential schools

This qualification includes science modules that include or are associated with an optional residential/laboratory school. For each school you choose to attend, you must pay an additional charge to cover costs such as tuition, accommodation and meals (see individual module descriptions for more information). You must also pay for your travel to and from the venue.

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