Studying with the OU may involve
Some of these activities may be quite demanding for some students; the support you need will depend on your circumstances. We provide a range of services and resources to help make your studies easier. It is important to think carefully about the ones you choose.
Find out if you are eligible by taking this short DSA eligibility quiz. DSAs can help pay for the costs of services and equipment to assist you in your studies. If you are DSA eligible the University will only provide study support that cannot be provided by a DSA.
Choose what you'd like to study - registered students go to StudentHome, enquirers go to Study at the OU and read the details in the individual module description. This will give you an idea of what type of work you will be doing, and under the heading 'If you have a disability or additional requirements' there's information about the types of study materials used and the alternative formats in which they are offered, which may suit your needs. Also mentioned are any aspects of the study that might be difficult for students with particular disabilities: for example students may need to access audio or visual material, attend a residential school, or take an examination.
If you do need a different type of format for your study material, go to accessible study materials and enter the module code to see the additional formats that are available. If what you need is not listed there, contact us to find out about your options.
Find out whether you are able to get financial support for your studies to help pay for study costs or personal assistance, or perhaps you can get equipment on loan from the OU. If your module includes an examination or a residential school, find out what is available.
once you are registered on an OU module you can request services using the relevant form below.
Choose the relevant form