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What is distance learning?

Accessible study resources and expert tutor instruction mean you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where you want. Whatever your circumstances, gain a recognised university qualification.

Achieve your goals through part- or full-time study with The Open University.
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Distance learning is going to be different to the study you’ve done before – school, college. Even university. But it’ll also be similar in many ways as well.

With OU distance learning, you’ll have study materials, an online study portal, a dedicated tutor, student forums, learning events and more.

As the only UK university dedicated to distance learning, we want to make sure you know what to expect as an OU student. So we’ve put together a series of short guides on some of the aspects of studying with us.

Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got a question about what it’s like to study at the OU, we’ve got the answer.

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