Welcome to The Open University

You can do it. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. All you need is the will – and the way – and that’s where we come in. Learning with the OU is life changing. You’ll have the flexibility and support to study around your job, family and commitments.

Do something amazing and fulfil your dreams and goals. After all, what’s stopping you?

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The OU and Channel 4

 You may have seen three of our inspiring OU students –  Paul, Barry and Lindsay – on Channel 4. Watch as they tell you their individual stories about how the OU has helped them achieve their goals. Like Barry, Paul and Lindsay, you’ll overcome challenges, push yourself and find out exactly how much you can do.

I was a bricky at 18, then my team leader suggested The Open University…I could work and provide for my family. The OU has helped me change the direction of my life.

Paul Mahoney

Nobody expected me to do anything with my life. I turned to the OU … and ended up getting a better job than I could ever have dreamt of.

Barry Ryan

The thing I was surprised about was the online community. With student forums and tutorials I was never alone… and thanks to the OU’s distance learning… I was still able to grow my business while doing my degree.

Lindsey Williams

What can I study?

We bring together academic experts and world leaders in their field to ensure our qualifications are up to date and commercially focused.
You can study for certificates and diplomas of higher education, foundation and honours degrees or postgraduate qualifications. There are around 150 to choose from, you can even tailor a qualification to suit your needs with our Open Programme. 

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