Can you study an Access module for free?
In order to qualify, you must:
- be resident in England
- have a personal income of less than £25,000 (or receive qualifying benefits)
- have not completed one year or more on any full-time undergraduate programme at FHEQ level 4 or above, or completed 30 credits or more of OU study
How to apply to study an Access module for free
Once you've started the registration process, either online or over the phone, we'll contact you about your payment options. This will include instructions on how you can apply to study for free if you are eligible.
If you're unsure if you meet the criteria to study for free, you can check with one of our friendly advisers on +44 (0)300 303 0069 or you can request a call back.
Not eligible to study for free?
Don't worry! We offer a choice of flexible ways to help spread the cost of your Access module. The most popular options include:
- monthly payments through OUSBA
- part-time tuition fee loan (you'll need to be registered on a qualification for this option)
To explore all the options available to you, visit Fees and Funding.
An Access module is a great place to start if you want a gentle introduction to Open University study – you may even be able to study for free.
Designed specifically for OU students, an Access module can help you to find out more about your interests and where you want your learning to take you.
There are several Access modules to choose from, and they start in February, May and October. They’re usually 30 weeks long, and most students study for about nine hours a week.
If a fast track option is available, you can complete your Access module in just 18 weeks by increasing your study time. We recommend that you apply early to guarantee your place.
You’ll explore a range of broadly related subjects within one module. That means you’ll have the time and space to discover where your natural interests lie before settling on your ultimate qualification goal.