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Why the OU?

Study that works around you

  • Our established teaching model means that you can continue to earn whilst you learn. 
  • You don't have to put your life on hold. With the OU you can study alongside working, caring, or other commitments.
  • OU students regularly find employment or receive promotions before completing their studies.

Support throughout your study and beyond

  • You'll join the UK's largest student community, there is always someone here to support you.
  • Your expert tutor will provide you with regular academic guidance and feedback.
  • Our online library is there whenever you need it, with 24 hour access.
  • A dedicated Student Support Team will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • You'll have access to other specialist support including computing help and career planning.

World leaders in distance education

  • We are the UK's only university dedicated to distance learning, and the largest academic institution in the UK.
  • Our degree-awarding powers were granted by Royal Charter in 1969 and all our qualifications are fully accredited.
  • Employers including IBM, the NHS and the MOD trust us to train their employees.
  • Our qualifications are outstanding value for a high quality education. Choose from 180 world class qualifications in a range of subjects.
  • Our research is highly regarded across the higher education sector and used by many traditional universities.

Accessibility and support

Experts in their subjects, your tutors will guide you throughout your studies. You'll also have access to our lively online tutorials to enhance your study experience.

Quality, reputation and recognition

Since the OU’s launch in 1969, more than 2 million people worldwide have achieved their learning goals by studying with us.


60% of our students fund their study with a government backed loan. We also have other ways to make study more affordable.

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