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Learning solutions for your employees

From microcredentials and free short courses, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, our fully flexible qualifications let you build bespoke staff training programmes to meet your needs.

Through accessible online and blended learning, we cater for learners at every stage of their career, to unlock their potential and advance your organisation’s ambitions.

Whether you need quick interventions or advanced qualifications, our range of flexible solutions will upskill your staff and future proof your workforce.

Flexibility and choice

Our mission is to be open, so we offer unrivalled flexibility to build L&D solutions that work for your business, helping you access the right training at the right time.

  • Access and exit training as needed – Enjoy unrivalled flexibility to jump on and jump off courses and modules as individual and business needs require, from a bite-sized short course up to a Master’s degree
  • Adapt and advance with credit transfer – Carry forward credits from previous study to build to the next level of qualification and respond with agility to changing business needs
  • Build bespoke pathways – Build a bespoke programme to meet your unique needs - spanning different disciplines such as engineering, IT and management – with our flexible Open degree
  • Widen participation – Provide accessible opportunities for a diverse workforce thanks to OU inclusivity-by-design, including distance learning and no entry requirements on most courses

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Qualifications available

Staff can study from a single module up to a postgraduate degree, all aligned with their career goals and the needs of the organisation. And thanks to our 50 years of experience in distance learning, we have an exceptional range of courses and resources on offer.

Bite-sized learning

Assess learner commitment, address immediate skills gaps and upskill at speed:

  • Degree and graduate apprenticeships – make your apprenticeship levy work for your staff development needs with our UK-leading degree and graduate apprenticeships 

Unlock staff potential with distance and blended learning up to undergraduate degree level:

  • Access courses and foundation degrees – prepare staff for undergraduate study with preparatory courses to develop their skills and confidence
  • Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education – use as standalone qualifications or stepping stones to an Honours degree
  • Honours degree – select from over 120 Honours degrees to equip your staff with an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification
  • Open degree – choose modules from any undergraduate degree to build an Honours degree tailored to the unique needs of your business and staff

Bring specialist knowledge and advanced learning to bear on your business:

  • Master’s degree – advance degree holders to the next professional level
  • Integrated Master’s degree – prepare staff for specialist roles with a degree combining undergraduate and postgraduate-level learning

The Open University has got a proven track record in delivering skills and knowledge to a business environment. We find the OU incredibly easy to work with. One of its real strengths is flexibility.”

Paul Milner, Senior Early Professional Manager, IBM

How it works

  • Identify your staff member’s L&D needs
  • Contact our experienced advisers
  • Choose from over 200 courses to build your tailored training solution
  • Support your learner to apply their learning to the workplace
  • Watch your organisation blossom with new skills, energy and ideas

Get in touch with our experienced account management team to discuss your needs today.




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