Free course

Becoming an OU student

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Becoming an OU student, is currently only available to students who are new to the OU and starting the Open Degree qualification. Students in this group have received an email with an enrolment key code. The course is a pilot and we hope to roll it out to all new students in the near future.

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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