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Undergraduate study

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Undergraduate study is for those who have not studied in Higher Education before. Undergraduate students are usually working towards an honours degree or similar qualification.


Open University qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment it takes to achieve one. Our flexible and supportive approach to education allows you to study for a qualification with confidence.

Types of qualification

  • Degrees
  • Foundation degrees
  • Diplomas of Higher Education
  • OU Diplomas
  • Certificates of Higher Education
  • OU Certificates

Find out about the types of qualifications we offer.


Most OU qualifications give you a choice of pathways, allowing you to specialise or choose particular topics that interest you. You will need to choose a pathway before registering.

Ways to pay

There are a number of options to pay your fees, making Open University study more affordable than you might think.

Find out more about the ways to pay for a qualification.

Getting started with an Access module

Access Courses

The OU offers a range of Access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study with the OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop your study skills, and build your confidence. They are perfect for new learners with little or no knowledge or experience of studying and use the same top-quality teaching materials and study support we’re famous for. They’re also fascinating and fun to do!

Read more about getting started with an Access module.

Standalone courses

If you’re not yet ready to commit to registering for a qualification you can still study with us. Taking a module as a standalone course can be stimulating and rewarding. It could point you in the right career direction, give you a flavour of OU study before you commit yourself to a longer course or simply give you an insight into a subject that’s always fascinated you. In topics as diverse as human genetics to writing fiction, we can give you a gentle introduction to some very in-depth subjects.

To find out more look at Standalone courses.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

Finding time to study

Finding time for study is one of the biggest challenges our students face. It's not always easy finding time to study around your other commitments, but with 70% of our students working at the same time as studying, OU study is proven to have the flexibility to help you succeed.

Read more about Finding time to study.

Are you already an OU student ? Go to StudentHome for information on choosing your next module.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.

Your questions

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