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Student at the Open University
Open University
Milton Keynes

Can I transfer from the Open University to a brick university?

My A-Levels are bad. Very bad. I barely have 2 A-Levels. I am studying English literature at the Open University and I'm doing well.

Is it possible for me to transfer to Bristol or Reading after a year of studying independently?

I want so bad to get out of this town.
Reply 1
Best bet, talk to Bristol and Reading and see what they say. There are certainly people who have transferred to brick unis after doing some OU study, but I think some Universities are more receptive to the idea than others.

Would you have completed 120 credits (i.e. a year's worth of full-time study)? If so, it's worth asking whether they would consider you transferring into the second year; if they aren't keen on that, or if you won't have done that much, then it's a conversation about whether if you applied to start in the first year, they'd look on the successful OU study as cancelling out the unsuccesful A-Levels. Only they can tell you how they'll view that.

I think I'm right in saying that the only way to get a (brick) uni place for next year now (if transferring into the second year wasn't an option) would be through Clearing?

I'm not even going to ask what town it is you're in that could make Reading seem like a glorious alternative...:wink:
Student at the Open University
Open University
Milton Keynes
Reply 2
Some universities do take transfers from other university courses (including the OU) but by no means all. They do not advertise it very well - you might find some info on university websites under entry requirements saying that they will accept non-UCAS tariff courses on a discretionary basis. The only way to find out is to ring them and talk to them and see if they will consider your case.

You will almost certainly need 120 points which are relevant to the course you want to join - so they can transfer you directly into year 2 - although it may be possible to use 120 OU points in place of a foundation degree or access course and start a new degree course if that's what you want to do.

You'll find though, that the universities which are most flexible are not the top ones who can pick and choose so look a bit lower down the league tables and ring around.
Reply 3
It really depends on the individual university that you want to go to. Your best bet is contacting the universities directly, letting them know what you have studied and what you'd like to study and ask them to advise you what your options are if you wanted to continue your education with them?

In absence of good A Levels, OU study can be used but as others have said, if it less than 120cr, it will most likely be year 1 study that you can transfer into. More than 120cr may get you into year 2, but I have heard of cases where even 120+cr didn't get students into year 2. I think it really must depend on the individual and the university to which they're applying.

Good luck though - if you're doing well in your OU study and are keen for the subject, I'm sure you'll be able to make the transfer by some means. :smile:
Reply 4
Original post by xChellex
It really depends on the individual university that you want to go to. Your best bet is contacting the universities directly, letting them know what you have studied and what you'd like to study and ask them to advise you what your options are if you wanted to continue your education with them?

In absence of good A Levels, OU study can be used but as others have said, if it less than 120cr, it will most likely be year 1 study that you can transfer into. More than 120cr may get you into year 2, but I have heard of cases where even 120+cr didn't get students into year 2. I think it really must depend on the individual and the university to which they're applying.

Good luck though - if you're doing well in your OU study and are keen for the subject, I'm sure you'll be able to make the transfer by some means. :smile:


Good morning,

I know I’m late to the party here but I’m in a similar situation, at the OU about to sit my second year exams which will be 240 credits completed. Will I be able to transfer to a brick uni for the start of second year. I have no A-Levels and have been studying at a rate of 120 credits a year.

Many thanks for any help.

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