The Open University in Northern Ireland

The information on this page was last updated on 12 August 2019.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

The Open University is the leading expert in flexible higher education: we make higher education more accessible because your study can fit around you, your needs and your lifestyle.

You won't need to move away to a campus-based university, or pay extra travel expenses. And because you have the flexibility to carry on working, you can earn while you learn.

At the Open University, we believe it doesn't matter where you start from - it's where you want to be and how committed you are to getting there that matters. You don't need any previous academic qualifications to study with us.

We also offer a range of access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it's like to study with the OU, building your confidence and preparing you for further study.

Uniquely, we are a four nations university and there are different fee structures in each nation, so make sure you are looking at the information for your nation. You may be able to study with us for free. 

For information on how we support care leavers, please visit

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

If a student's household income is less than £25,420, or they are in receipt of qualifying benefits, they can apply for a Part-Time Fee Grant to cover up to 100% of course fees, and may also be eligible for Course Grant of £265. For further information visit and

Free online resource on managing money:

Sorry, we don't have information about available courses. Visit their website for more details.