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Becoming an OU student

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Becoming an OU student, is not currently available. It was designed as a pilot for students starting the Open degree in February 2018 and is now closed. A new, improved version of this course is currently being developed for all students starting undergraduate study with the Open University. If you’ve registered to start studying with us in October 2018 you will be notified by email when this new course is available.

We're really pleased you have joined us and we hope to help you get off to the best possible start on your journey with the OU. Students who invest a bit of time preparing for their studies are more likely to succeed. So taking time to do this course now will help in the long run.

The course gives a flavour of what OU study is actually like, and you'll learn about how you'll be supported and the technologies you'll use, and you'll start to develop the skills you'll need to succeed.

You'll then move on to focus on the subject you've chosen to study. You'll be introduced to the ideas, resources and content that will be important for your study so you can get a taste of this subject area and make sure you're ready to begin your first module.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

You can start this course right now without signing-up. Click on any of the course content sections below to start at any point in this course.
If you want to be able to track your progress, earn a free Statement of Participation, and access all course quizzes and activities, sign-up.

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