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With an Open qualification –a Cert HE, DipHE or degree – you choose what you want to study.

It's one of the most flexible programmes of study in the UK, letting you build a qualification that’s unique for you.

You can:

  • tailor a qualification around your interests and career needs
  • get a qualification that focuses on one main subject, with the freedom to mix in modules from other areas
  • use credit from previous university-level studies successfully completed elsewhere (for example, from a foundation degree or partially completed studies)
  • easily change direction if you start out studying a particular subject but change your mind at a later date.

Highly regarded by employers for its breadth and valued by students for its flexibility, an Open qualification equips you with a wide range of expertise, skills and capabilities that are much sought after in today’s highly competitive job market.

Study modules that interest you

You’ve got hundreds of undergraduate modules to choose from, and each module is designed to stretch your mind and fire your imagination.

For an Open degree, there is nothing to stop you doing some psychology modules then studying modules in the humanities, or combining mathematics and science. Many Open degree students complete a broadly-based arts or sciences qualification. You could concentrate on literature, but do some science. Or you might combine, say, French and geography – the choice is yours.

Get credit for previous study

Any previous higher-education study you’ve successfully completed elsewhere could count towards your Open qualification. Through credit transfer you could reduce the number of modules you’ll need to take, lessen the time needed to complete your qualification and also make a saving in terms of the cost.

Qualifications in our Open programme

We also offer you the choice of an Open degree without honours. It can take less time to study because you only need 300 credits (as opposed to 360 credits for an honours degree). However, you are likely to need a degree with honours to pursue further study and for many career paths.

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

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