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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 document sets out the Open University’s (OU) policy about 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 OU. It also explains the rules and procedures for each option and indicates potential financial or academic consequences.


Policy Documents

Effective for modules starting from 1st Aug 2018

Effective for modules starting from 1st Aug 2016

Previous document versions

Effective for modules starting from 1st Aug 2012

  • Cancellation Procedure (PDF, 73KB)

    This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.

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

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