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Credit transfer

If you’ve studied before you could use your previous study, even if you didn’t complete it, towards an Open University qualification.

Over 6,000 people are awarded credit transfer each year. Applying is free and doesn't commit you to study.

What is credit transfer?

Whether you’ve studied some modules or courses at higher education level, completed part of a degree, diploma or certificate, you may be able to use it towards an Open University qualification.

We call this credit transfer, and it allows you to reach your qualification goals sooner, saving you time and money.

Why should I apply?

Save time and cost – If you're awarded credit you'll have less modules to study, so you'll pay less and finish sooner.

Avoid repetition – You won't have to repeat previously completed learning.

Lose nothing – You won't lose any credit from your previous study. Many of our qualifications allow you to transfer credits achieved up to 16 years ago.


How to apply for credit transfer

1: Check and apply

Use our previous study checker to see if you could be eligible for credit transfer. Applying is free and doesn't commit you to study.

2: Register

When you're awarded credit you'll receive an email inviting you to login, view credit awarded and register for your chosen qualification.

3: Enrol

Choose a module, enrol and get ready to study!

If you’re thinking of starting your studies in February 2022, you’ll need to apply for credit transfer by 09/12/2021.

Want to check your eligibility?

Find out whether your existing credit can be transferred into an OU qualification by using our previous study finder.

Staff at the OU office in Cardiff guided me through the credit transfer procedure and I was able to start studying at Stage 2 instead of Stage 1. The OU website is very clearly laid out and easy to navigate, so I had no problems registering for all my modules online.

Rhys Jenkins, BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences