Open University New education initiative

Access to Success Route 2012/13 – for students living in England only

The Access to Success Route is our unique access provision designed for people on low incomes, who are new to higher education, and who do not have the qualifications traditionally required for university entry.

Our Access to Success Route is jointly funded by the Open University and the government’s National Scholarship Programme.

Will I be eligible?

You may be eligible for a place if you:

• Are new to the OU and have no previous higher education qualification
• Live in England
• Have an annual household income that is less than £25,000

If you find you are not eligible but are still interested in an introduction to higher education, you may be interested in studying one of our Openings modules as a standalone course or wish to look at some of our free introductory units available on OpenLearn

How much will it cost?

The Access to Success Route offers you a low-cost, low-risk entry route to higher education. All we’ll ask you to pay is a £25 contribution towards the cost of Step 1 (normal price £625) and a £50 contribution towards the cost of Step 2 (normal price £2500). So in total, you will be asked to pay just £75 for modules that would normally cost in excess of £3000. The Open University and the government’s National Scholarship Programme is covering all of the fees except these small contributions.

How long does it take?

The Step 1 Openings module will take a maximum of 20 weeks and the Step 2 30 or 60 credit modules take either 6 or 9 months.

When can I start?

Step 1 Openings module – you can start on either 1 September 2012, 1 November 2012, 1 March 2013 or 1 June 2013

Step 2 30 or 60 credit modules – these courses normally start in February and/or October each year. We recommend you start Step 2 at the next available start date once you’ve completed Step 1. Please ensure you chose the appropriate module in line with your chosen qualification.

So for example, if you start Step 1 in September 2012, you will start Step 2 on a module that starts from February 2013-July 2013. And if you start Step 1 in November 2012, March or June 2013, you will start Step 2 on a module which starts between August 2013-July 2014.

How do I find out more?

Request or download the Access to Success brochure
You can speak to an adviser on 0845 300 60 90
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