Academic credit is a measure of the outcomes of a course or other learning process. A Credit Rating is expressed as a 'points value' representing the amount of learning and a 'level' representing the difficulty of learning.
The Open University’s ratings conform to widely recognised European standards.
The OU can credit rate learning programmes from a range of providers, including professional bodies and employers, by comparing their delivery and outcomes with those of higher education awards.
In order to be considered for assessment external courses must meet the following criteria:
Where programmes meet the criteria the procedures for credit rating are designed to be streamlined. The Client Manager will provide information and advice to the organisation at every stage of the process and collect details of the course/s and supporting evidence.
Where programmes do not meet the criteria the OU has trained a number of independent consultants who can be called upon to provide advice and support on a fee paying basis. A list of Consultants can be provided on request.