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OfS Transparency Information Return

The information published on these pages shows: 

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It shows these numbers by the reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socioeconomic background.

Widening access to, and enhancing success in higher education is at the heart of the Open University’s mission. The OU’s Access, Participation and Success Strategy and Access and Participation plan can be found here

The number of Open University qualifications awarded reported is lower in 19/20 than in 18/19. Timetabling of June exams resulted in a significant number of qualifications being awarded later than in previous years and will be reported in 20/21. 

Table 1a: Percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2019-20 qualifiers.

Characteristics Characteristic split Percentage
Ethnicity BAME 30%
White 54%
EIMD 2019 1 and 2 46%
3 and 5 56%
Gender Female 49%
Male 55%
Other N

EIMD stands for the ‘English Index of Multiple Deprivation’. It is a Government measure of the levels of deprivation in local areas. EIMD 1 or 2 areas are considered to be the most deprived. Students outside of England are recorded as N/A

Table 1b: Detailed information on attainment for 2019-20 qualifiers.

Mode of Study Characteristic Characteristic split Headcount of classified First Degrees awarded Percentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first class Percentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second class Percentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second class Percentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / pass Headcount of unclassified First Degrees awarded Headcount of other undergraduate awards
Full Time Ethnicity Asian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Black N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mixed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
White N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gender Female N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Male N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Part Time Ethnicity Asian 90 10% 35% 30% 25% N 30
Black 70 DP 5% 30% 65% N 30
Mixed 30 10% 25% 35% 30% N N
Other N N N N N N N
White 1840 15% 35% 30% 15% 80 920
Unknown 30 30% 35% 20% 15% N N
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 260 12% 27% 31% 30% N 130
2 320 15% 36% 29% 20% N 150
3 350 16% 36% 29% 19% N 160
4 380 17% 40% 28% 15% N 150
5 310 18% 39% 30% 12% N 120
N/A 460 16% 34% 31% 20% N 340
Unknown N N N N N N N
Gender Female 1080 16% 33% 30% 21% 50 650
Male 990 15% 39% 29% 16% 50 390
Other N N N N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Asian N N N N N N/A N
Black N N N N N N/A N
Mixed N N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N N/A N
White N N N N N N/A N
Unknown N N N N N N/A N
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 N N N N N N/A N
2 N N N N N N/A N
3 N N N N N N/A N
4 N N N N N N/A N
5 N N N N N N/A N
N/A N N N N N N/A N
Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Gender Female N N N N N N/A N
Male N N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N N/A N

 

Transparency 2021 information: Rounding and suppression

The data contained in the tables in this page have been rounded and suppressed as follows: 

Numerators and denominators have been rounded to the nearest 10. Where the numerator or denominator rounds to 20 or less, the data are suppressed with an “N”.

Percentages are rounded according to the smallest, unsuppressed denominator in a given mode and characteristic. If the denominator rounds to: 

  • 50 or less: percentages are rounded to 5% 
  • 1000 or less: percentages are rounded to 1% 
  • More than 1000: percentages are rounded to 0.1%

"N/A" is displayed where there is no provision in a given mode or level

"DP" indicates suppression for data protection reasons. This is applied where the numerator is two or less, or differs from the denominator by no more than two students.