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How to apply

  • Before you apply to OpenPlus you will need to decide which subject you are interested in studying and see which partner universities offer your chosen subject.  
    The partner universities' websites will give you information on the degree programmes as well as general information on the university and its location. You can also contact partner universities to discuss the scheme and arrange a visit.  You may wish to contact a number of partner universities at this stage.
    We ask that you only apply to one university, which allows partners to make the maximum number of places available to students. If a partner university is unable to accept you on to OpenPlus, you can then apply to a second university.
  • To apply to OpenPlus contact your chosen partner university. Partners will ask you to complete and return a simple application form. 
  • Once accepted by a partner university, they will forward your application to the Open University who will contact you regarding your OU studies.  For more information on OU study click here.

Your Personal Information

  • As an OpenPlus applicant/student, you will have a relationship with both The Open University and your chosen partner university. Both Universities are data controllers, this means that both universities will decide why and how your personal information is processed.
  • The Open University privacy notice sets out how The Open University use your personal data:
  • You can find information on your chosen partner university privacy notice on their website.
  • In addition to these privacy notices, information you provide is shared between The Open University and your chosen partner university for the purposes of managing, monitoring and evaluating the OpenPlus scheme. This will include your application, results and progress on the scheme.
  • We will also share information you provide to support a request in relation to resitting an examination, delaying progression, or changing your agreed study pathway.

Contact us

If you have any questions, prior to applying, not answered in our FAQ's please email

If you are an HE institution and are interested in finding out more about OpenPlus please email