Use your previous HE study to help you gain an OU qualification
If you have previously studied elsewhere and your studies were completed at the same academic level as OU modules, we may be able to award you credit transfer towards an OU qualification. This will allow you to use your previous study instead of completing some of the modules required through the OU.
If you have successfully completed, in full or in part, study that appears on our list of approved qualifications you may wish to apply to transfer credit from this previous study into your OU qualification.
For example you may have completed the first year of a degree at another university and want to transfer this credit to your degree at the OU. Or you may have completed a professional or vocational qualification listed on the Ofqual register (the QCF), and want to transfer this credit to the OU.
If you think you may be eligible for credit transfer then you must arrange this before you register for an OU qualification or start studying with us. Once you have begun your studies you will not be able to apply for credit transfer. If you are awarded credit transfer then you will usually join the qualification at a later point than other students. Some qualifications require students to make choices that determine their specialist route through a qualification. In order that you can make best use of your previous study you will make your choices when your credit transfer has been awarded before you start your OU study.
There is no fee for applications for credit transfer but you must make sure that you allow enough time for your application to be considered. Applications for credit transfer normally take around 6 weeks to be finalised.
This website provides information for those students who start studying with us for the first time in October 2012 or later. If you studied with the OU before August 2012 please make sure that you have logged in with your OU computer user name and password for more accurate credit transfer advice.