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Welcome to The Open University!

You have joined a community of over 45,000 students studying on programmes validated by The Open University and delivered by our network of partner institutions worldwide. When you're studying on a OU Validated programme your primary relationship is with the institution you have registered with, which means you have access to their resources and facilities.

The Student's Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by The Open University has been developed to introduce you to The Open University (OU) and explain what being registered on a programme validated by the OU means to you. It sets out what our relationship with the institution you are registered with is, our relationship and responsibilities to you, and what will happen if our relationship with your institution comes to an end. 

Did you know that in addition to this you can use the Open University's free online resources and tools?  


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Free OU Resources 

The Open University has a great range of free online resources that you can use. 

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What next?

Did you know that if you've previously studied at Higher Education level you may be able to count your study towards an Open University qualification, for more information visit our credit transfer website. Check out our Distance and online courses.


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Complaints and appeals

What to do if you need to make a complaint


Student Protection
In addition to the Student Protection Plan your institution will have, The Open University’s Student Protection Plan sets out the measures in place to protect students on validated awards in the unlikely situation where a risk to the continuation of their studies arises from the ending of that relationship.