What is it?

These introductory-level courses have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study at a higher level, get a taste of a subject area, develop your learning skills and build your confidence. They are aimed at new learners with little or no knowledge or experience of studying.

There are there are three different modules to choose from:

Where could I study?

These are offered by the Open University so you study in your own time and in your own space, but throughout you’ll be supported by experienced tutors and a range of learning materials.

How long will it take me?

Modules start in October and February each year. Places are limited – so to guarantee your place you need to apply early. These modules are studied over a period of 30 weeks and during that time you should expect to spend approximately nine hours per week on your studies.

Options after the course?

The Access Modules earn 30 credits but these cannot be used to gain access to an OU course, as the modules are designed to be stand-alone tasters to help adults find out what HE is like. However, when you have completed the modules you will be well prepared to apply for a higher education course either with the OU or at a college or university.