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  4. Registering for a qualification

Registering for a qualification

It takes just 4 simple steps

Begin the process to secure your place. Here's how easy it is.

1. Register now

You'll need to:

  • Decide on a subject area
    e.g. Arts and Humanities
  • Choose a qualification
    e.g. BA (Hons) English Literature
  • Choose your pathway
    e.g. Creative Writing pathway
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Made your choices?

Register online or call +44(0)845 300 60 90.

Don't worry, you don't need to pay anything at this stage - there's plenty of time to consider the options before you have to decide (at step 3).

As soon as you have made your choice you'll get an email to confirm you've registered. This contains your login to enable you to move to step 2.

2. Choose your first module(s)

Review the modules in your pathway. Some are compulsory, some are optional.

We'll give you all the help you need to make up your mind. There is a range of tools available to help you choose your module online or you could talk to a member of our knowledgeable Student Services team on +44 (0)845 300 60 90.

We'll ask you to tell us how you intend to fund your studies at this stage, but you don't need to make a payment at this point. Once again, you'll get an email to confirm the choice you have made.

3. Sort out your funding

Decide how to fund your study by reading about your options. You'll find more information to help you make this decision when you read Ways to pay for a qualification.

4. Complete your enrolment

Finally, we'll need some more personal details, your payment method, or student loan customer reference number (if you live in England). You can do this online or by calling us on +44(0)845 300 60 90.

...and then you're done. Your registration is complete and you're officially an OU student!

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

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