Over 100,000 OU students will be starting courses this autumn, on their way to a brighter future.
To start studying in October choose a course and register now. You'll then have time to choose your first module and get your funding in place.
Among the most flexible qualifications in the UK, our Open certificate, diploma and degree courses let you mix and match any subjects you like. Find out more about our Open qualifications.
We hold events all over the country where you can meet tutors and talk over your study options with our friendly team. If you are thinking about studying, or just want to find out more about the courses we offer, find out more about OU events.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try our wider OU search.
Get professional skills for your staff with our unique learning method.
Learn more about employers at the OU
Join the OU postgraduate programme to extend your qualifications.
Learn more about postgraduate degrees
Our unique method of ‘Supported Open Learning’ combines more one to one contact than distance learning with more flexibility than campus-based learning.
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Whether you need help with finding the time, an Access module to ease you into university study, support with a disability or need to test your English or computing skills, we can help.
Find out how the OU can help you reach your goals
Working out how you’ll pay is a big part of deciding to study with us – we can help, with flexible ways to pay and bring the costs down.
Get the facts about different funding options
These nationally recognised qualifications are a great way to prove that you have the work-related skills you need for your job and are usually completed whilst in work.
Find out more about Vocational qualifications
We do everything we can to help you succeed, even if it's years since you did any studying. Access modules will bring you up to speed which you may even be able to study for free.
Find out how our Access modules can help
Among the most flexible qualifications in the UK, our Open certificate, diploma and degree courses let you mix and match any subjects you like.
Find out more about our Open qualifications
"All those people that told me I can't – I've turned around and told them 'I can'." Anyone can study with the OU.
"They will always try to help you...it's not as expensive as you think." Students discuss different ways to pay.
If you’ve already completed some study at another university, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification.
Learn more about credit transfer
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