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Student Policies and Regulations

Changing Your Study Plans: Deferrals, Withdrawals and Cancellation

An explanation of the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies, or want to change your choice of module or qualification.

The Changing Your Study Plans Policy sets out the options that you have as a student if you want to change the modules and/or qualification that you are studying, take a break from study, or withdraw from your studies with the Open University. It also explains the rules and procedures for each option and indicates whether there might be potential financial or academic consequences.


Policy Documents

Effective for modules starting from 1 August 2019

Previous document versions

Effective for modules starting from 1 August 2018

Effective for modules starting from 1 August 2016

Effective for modules starting from 1 August 2012

  • Cancellation Procedure (PDF, 73KB)

    This document explained the procedure you had to follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification while this version of the policy was in force.

  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (PDF, 152KB)

    Please note this policy also applied in the 2016/17 academic year for students resident in England or outside of the UK who were receiving transitional fee arrangements, and also in the 2017/18 academic year for students eligible for an additional year of discounted fees.