OU student? Tell us about your study requirements. If you know what you need, or just want to update your information, go straight to the form.
Studying with the OU may involve a number of different activities, some of which might be quite demanding for you: for example
Please think about what you need help with and consider the support you want to ask for. For example, you may need additional facilities at tutorials, such as a radio aid, sign-language interpreter or a wheelchair-accessible room. We can organise support if we know in advance what is needed.
These four steps will help you to identify the support services and facilities that will enable you to succeed in your studies. If you have already read this information elsewhere just skip down to the next step.
As you read, make a note of
You can print an RTF version of this four step checklist (RTF, 105KB) to work through as your time allows.
Read the sections that apply to you, to find out how OU study facilities and services are available to suit your circumstances.
Consider what studying your particular qualification or module involves – this will help you decide what support you may need.
Whether you are studying for a qualification or a standalone module, there may be some potential challenges that you should consider. Read the module description carefully as it will tell you about how you are expected to study and what materials are included.
Please take particular note of the description section 'If you have a disability or additional requirement', which mentions any aspects of study that might be difficult for students with a particular disability. For example, students may need to access audio or visual material, or take part in online tutorials.
Complete the Tell us what you need general services and equipment request form to tell us about your study requirements and the services you need.
Tell us what you need by completing the request form online (or in Word or PDF format). Alternatively, we can take your details over the phone if you can’t complete the form yourself.
Forms will normally be processed within 15 working days, but applications from students who are about to start their study will be prioritised over those starting later.
Some services can take several months to arrange so, whatever you decide, please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make arrangements for you in good time.
You can ask for help or advice at any time. You needn’t worry about any requirements you may have for residential schools or examinations at this stage: we will contact you about these nearer the time.
If you have not already done so, check whether you can get a Disabled Student's Allowance to help with the costs of study
If you are a UK student you may be eligible for a Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA), which is a government grant for disabled students in higher education. We strongly encourage you to apply for it if you are eligible because it can help you to fully participate in your studies by providing support for you at home, in tutorials, and at residential schooI. This is in addition to many of the services and facilities provided by the OU.
A DSA can help pay for
Use the short DSA eligibility quiz to find out if you can apply for a DSA.
If you are eligible for a DSA, The Open University will only provide study support that cannot be provided by a DSA.
Please contact the advisers at your regional or national centre for all initial enquiries about modules, the range of support available and how to get that support.
You should tell your local education centre as early as possible, and prior to registration, if you need support because of a disability. Please liaise with them to discuss the support you feel you will require. Your local education centre will then contact us to explore the type of support which can be provided. We will only use the information you give us to help you in your studies.
You should register your disability with the OU, who may be able to offer additional support relating to your study needs. Your regional or national centre will be able to provide you with more advice.
Please liaise with your employer or supervisor for any adjustments that should be made in your place of work or placement setting in order for you to complete your learning activities.
Use the DSA eligibility quiz to find out if you are eligible for funding. It should take you less than three minutes to complete.
If you are eligible for a DSA, The Open University will only provide study support that cannot be provided by a DSA
If you have any queries about a module, finance or the support you would receive, please contact an adviser.
For DSA, examination arrangements, and some other financial or equipment schemes you will need to provide written evidence of additional needs. This evidence is usually a diagnostic assessment or medical report but will depend on the individual situation. As this can take a considerable period of time to arrange it is advisable to think about this well in advance.