Skip to content

Toggle service links

Student Policies and Regulations

Fitness to Practise

Please read this procedure if you are an applicant, student or learner on a qualification where registration with a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body is required in order to practise your profession, or where you are required to comply with a Code of Ethics and professional standards.

Undergraduate, postgraduate students, students on work-based placements and learners studying for professional apprenticeships are included. The professions include social work, nursing, non-medical prescribing, advanced clinical practice, teaching via PGCE (Wales) and policing.

Fitness to practise describes your ability to meet professional standards. This includes your character, professional competence and health. The Open University is responsible for confirming your professional suitability or fitness to practise for training and education, registration and or employment with a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB).

The Open University’s staff, along with sponsors or employers, are responsible for making decisions about your suitability to enrol on and remain on professional programmes as well as your suitability or fitness to practise as a professional at the end of your training. This policy allows us to consider your fitness to practise in relation to academic and professional competence.

Fitness to Practice Procedure is available in an alternative format, please contact the Student Support Team via (phone +44 (0)300 303 5303), or your dedicated Student Support Team via StudentHome if you are a current Open University student.

Policy Document

For more information about changes to policy, terms and conditions, and curriculum visit the change log.