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New to OU study

If this is the first time you have registered to study with The Open University

This section applies to study that starts during the academic year 2017-2018 (modules starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)

Registering for a qualification

This section applies if you are starting your study towards an Open University taught qualification, such as a certificate (Cert. HE), diploma (Dip. HE), bachelor’s degree (BA, BEd, BSc or LLB) or masters degree (MA, MEd, MEng, MSc).

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a module as a standalone course

This section applies if you are registering to study a credit bearing module and you do not intend, at the moment, to count that credit towards an Open University qualification.

[If you do intend to count your credit towards a qualification and you have not yet registered for or declared that qualification, we recommend that you do so as early as possible so that you will receive all the relevant information and support to help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us if you wish to discuss or change your registration.]

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a short course

This section applies to you if you are studying a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus

Registering for a research degree

This section applies to you if you are studying for an Open University research degree, this will be either a PhD, an MPhil, an EdD or an MRes.

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.

Continuing your studies

If you have studied with us before and you are now continuing your studies, or if you are coming back to study something else

This section applies to study that continues in the academic year 2017-2018 (modules starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)

Studying a further module towards your current qualification

This section applies to you if you are continuing your study towards an existing Open University taught qualification that you are currently registered for or have declared, such as a certificate (Cert. HE), diploma (Dip. HE), bachelor’s degree (BA, BEd, BSc or LLB) or masters degree (MA, MEd, MEng, MSc).

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Additional Year of Discounted Fees) 2017/18 (243KB) - This document is for students in England, the Republic of Ireland and overseas study areas who have studied with The Open University since before August 2012 who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 and are eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals (show/hide)
    • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
    • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (164KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification, and this version of the document continues to apply in the Academic Year 2016/17 if you are a student in England or outside of the UK receiving transitional fee arrangements and in the Academic Year 2017/18 if you are a student receiving an additional year of discounted fees.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking (show/hide)

    The Assessment banking rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation o fthe same module, and completed the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'.

    • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - Please note that this version of the policy applies to students resident in England or outside of the UK who ARE NOT RECEIVING transitional fee arrangements.
    • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (undergraduate students on transitional fee arrangements only) - Please note that this version of the policy continues to apply in 2016/17 for students resident in England or outside of the UK who ARE RECEIVING transitional fee arrangements and continues to apply in 2017/18 for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.
Registering for a new qualification

This section applies if either:

  • You are starting study towards a new Open University taught qualification.
  • You want to count credit from a previously studied module towards an Open University taught qualification.
  • You want both to count credit from a previously studied module and to take further study towards an Open University taught qualification.
  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (194KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB)- This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a module as a standalone course

This section applies to you if you are registering to study a credit bearing module and you do not intend, at the moment, to count that credit towards an Open University qualification.

[If you do intend to count your credit towards a qualification and you have not yet registered for or declared that qualification, we recommend that you do so as early as possible so that you will receive all the relevant information and support to help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us if you wish to discuss or change your registration.]

  • Conditions of Registration 2017/18 (237KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules (show/hide)
    • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
    • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
Registering for a short course

This section applies to you if you are studying a non-credit bearing module from our Short Courses Prospectus

Continuation registration for a research degree

This section applies to you if you are studying for an Open University research degree and registering for a further year of study.

Our research degrees handbooks tell you about the services available to you; and give advice about what to do at key points in your studies.

While we have done everything possible to ensure accuracy, the information in the handbook may change during the life of an edition due to changes in regulations or policy or because of financial or other constraints. Please note that when regulations and policies are updated, the most current edition will apply to all students irrespective of when you registered, unless special provision is made for particular groups or cohorts of students.

Previous registration policies

If you want to look up policy documents from earlier years’ study

This section applies if you wish to see the rules and regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which began before 1 August 2017, or to a module/qualification you have completed.

To see the regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which started before 1 August 2017, click on the link for 2016/17. If you have not yet completed a module you started before 1 August 2016, you should still use the link for 2016/17.

To see the module regulations for a completed module, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module.

To see the qualification regulations for a qualification which you have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you completed your final module for that qualification. If you completed your qualification with an award of credit transfer click on the link for the academic year in which the credit transfer was awarded.

2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2016/17 (410KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2016/17 (194KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 onwards (34KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Conditions of Registration 2015/16 (299KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2015/16 (351KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee credits you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking (show/hide)

    The Assessment banking rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation o fthe same module, and completed the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
  • Conditions of Registration 2014/15 (205KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2014/15 (708KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2014/15 (231KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2014/15 (251KB) - The Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2013/14 (228KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2012/13 (245KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (undergraduate students only) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.