Skip to content
You are viewing information for England.  Change country.

Distance learning

A unique approach that sets us apart from other universities

We've taken distance learning to a whole new, incredibly supportive level:

  • The OU comes to you, wherever you are in the world.
  • You don’t have to put your life on hold to get the qualification you want.
  • You choose when and where to study.
  • Plenty of one-to-one contact and social interaction.

Did you know?

Students love us – we're the only UK university to have remained in the top 5 for overall student satisfaction since the National Student Survey began in 2005

How will you study?

With The Open University, you can study at home or at work, on the move or on the beach – reading, watching and listening, doing activities and assignments, taking part in debates and discussions. You get regular support from your tutor and Student Support Team, and you’ll be able to get together with other students online, at group tutorials and through informal study groups.

Studying with others

With others?

Studying with iPad

On your iPad?

Studying when others are out

When everyone else is out?

Support before you begin, and throughout your studies

We make sure that you get the best possible start to your OU journey. Our online induction programme will familiarise you with distance learning and your chosen subject, and show you how to get the best from your time with us.

Then for every module you study, you'll have an expert tutor to offer academic guidance and advice, provide feedback on your coursework, and lead group tutorials. You can contact them online, by email and on the phone.

Once you've registered with us you will be allocated to a specialist Student Support Team for the subject area you have chosen. You'll also have access to a huge range of information and advice online, our computing help desk and careers information.