Our 230 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications deliver in-demand, in-depth expertise to help organisations face the future with confidence.
If your business could benefit from an injection of new ideas and fresh thinking, join the 2,800 employers who work with the OU to upskill their staff and invigorate their business.
Undergraduate study builds on what your employees learnt at school or college.
The most well-known undergraduate qualification is an Honour’s degree. However, each stage (year) of a degree is actually a qualification in its own right.
This means our undergraduate programmes can be studied as standalone qualifications or used as stepping stones to progress from one to the next.
|Qualification||Standalone modules||Certificate of Higher Education||Diploma of Higher Education||Honour’s degree|
|Good for developing||Focused knowledge||A firm foundation||In-depth insights||Comprehensive expertise|
|Stage / Level||N/A
Can be chosen from selection at any degree stage
Level 4 - Equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree
Level 5 - Equivalent to the first two years of a full-time undergraduate degree
Level 6 - A full undergraduate degree
|Total credits||15 to 60 credits||120 credits||240 credits||360 credits|
|Typical duration||6 months to one year part-time||2 years part-time||4 years part-time||6 years part-time|
So that you can upskill your staff, regardless of their prior educational attainment, most of our undergraduate programmes have no formal entry requirements.
If your employee has an undergraduate degree already, the next step could be postgraduate study.
Postgraduate qualifications allow learners to deepen their understanding of topics they’ve already studied or study a new specialism in their field.
As an employer – developing your leading talent with The Open University - you’ll benefit from the application of cutting-edge, research-informed thinking to your business challenges.
|Qualification||Standalone modules||Postgraduate Certificate||Postgraduate Diploma||Master’s degree|
|Ideal for||Focused knowledge||Career development||Deeper professional insights||In-depth professional expertise|
|Level||N/A||Level 7||Level 7||Level 7|
|Total credits||15 to 120 credits||60 credits||120 credits||180 credits|
|Typical duration||3 months to one year part-time||1 year part-time||2 years part-time||3 years part-time|
Postgraduate degrees build on undergraduate study, so applicants need to have an Honour’s degree to apply. This will make sure they get the most out of their modules and are confident applying the learning in the workplace.
Our Open qualifications (Ba/BSc Open and Ma/MSc Open) are highly flexible courses that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your sector, organisation or learner.
Offering an unrivalled choice of modules across different disciplines, these programmes can flex as your needs change.
For example, start your employee with sector-specific modules – such as Java programming or health and social care – then progress to strategy and management modules as they advance in their career.
Access Modules let you and your employee test their appetite for distance learning and future study.
They’re ideal for learners who want to improve their confidence and study skills before committing to a degree. Especially people who haven’t studied formally for a while.
They may be free to people who fit specific criteria. Speak to us for more details.
They introduce learners to our teaching methods and help them develop the discipline for self-directed learning. Maybe that’s why students who complete an access module are more likely to succeed in Stage 1…
If you’re interested in sponsoring an employee on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you may need to write a business case to secure budget and buy-in. To help communicate the benefits to your business:
Boost your business with study options that suit your needs:
If you need assistance with finding out how we can help your organisation, then speak to our business team by phone or email.