Important Information About Past Papers

OU Students Shop is the only authorised vendor of Open University past examination papers.
 
Formats available
We offer all the past exam papers in our database as a PDF attachment. The University would like us to remind you that the content of past papers may be different in format to the exam you will sit as part of your module- if in doubt please consult your tutor or Student Support Team. Please note that model answers are NOT supplied with the exam paper, as it is not the University's policy to provide these. 
Your one stop shop for question papers used in previous Open University examinations. Please note that  model answers are NOT supplied with the exam paper, as it is not the University's policy to provide these. The University would like us to remind you that past papers may be slightly different in format to the exam you will sit as part of your module. These papers are will be posted to you. A wider range of papers is also available to purchase for instant download. COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The Open University holds the copyright for all past exam papers and the OU Students Shop is permitted to sell any unrestricted past exam papers. Such papers are made available for students' and tutors' personal use only. They should not be copied and distributed to third parties as this represents an infringement of copyright law. This copyright covers all past exam papers, irrespective of the date of the exam.
 
Examples of breaches of the copyright would include:
 
• Producing copies of a hard copy past exam paper and distributing to others.
• Sharing an electronic copy of a past exam paper by email.
• Sharing an electronic copy of a past exam paper by posting it into a public area i.e. a module forum, OUSA forum, Facebook group or any other social media or internet site.
• Offering for sale a copy of a past exam paper (either hard copy or an electronic copy) through eBay or any other means.
• Replicating the full content of a past exam paper in another format.    
 
Model answers
Please note that  model answers are not supplied with the exam paper in any instance, as it is not the University's policy to provide these.
 
Why are past papers unavailble for some modules?
OU Students Shop can only offer those papers released to us by the module teams within the University faculties. Not all module teams release all or any past papers for sale: this can be because they plan to re-use questions, because some of the question paper contains copyrighted material, or any other academic reason. If the paper you are looking for is not on OU Students Shop, then it is unfortunately not available to buy. We recommend you speak to your tutor and/or your Student Support team about alternative revision methods. 

Please note in particular that Language modules are not available.

Copyright notice
The Open University holds the copyright for all past exam papers and the OU Students Shop is permitted to offer any unrestricted past exam papers. Such papers are made available for students' and tutors' personal use only. They should not be copied and distributed to third parties as this represents an infringement of copyright law. This copyright covers all past exam papers, irrespective of the date of the exam.
 
Examples of breaches of the copyright would include:
• Producing copies of a hard copy past exam paper and distributing to others.
• Sharing an electronic copy of a past exam paper by email.
• Sharing an electronic copy of a past exam paper by posting it into a public area i.e. a module forum, OUSA forum, Facebook group or any other social media or internet site.
• Offering for sale a copy of a past exam paper (either hard copy or an electronic copy) through eBay or any other means.
• Replicating the full content of a past exam paper in another format.    
 
If you become aware of any unathorised third party distributing or selling OU past exam papers online (for example in a Facebook module group or a tutor group forum) then please contact ousa-services@open.ac.uk. Your personal details will be treated confidentially. 
 
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