In capable hands

Whether it’s for a promotion, a pay rise, passion or a change of career, take the first step on a life-changing journey with the OU today.

The OU have been practising distance learning for decades, so it really is a no-brainer.

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Explore what’s possible

Join over 170,000 students currently studying a range of subjects and qualifications to help realise their goals and follow their dreams – and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way, whatever your ambition.

Respected qualifications

Our qualifications are underpinned by research of international excellence and our innovative teaching methods are world-leading. That’s why thousands of students in the UK trust us to deliver their education.

Innovative teaching

We’re the only UK university dedicated to distance learning. Our research into teaching strategies and educational technologies ensures that our materials are effective, engaging and thoughtfully designed with distance-learning students in mind.

Expert tutors

You’ll have a dedicated tutor for each module. As well as marking your assignments and providing feedback, your tutor will guide you through your studies and help with any specific study challenges you’re facing.

Pioneering spirit

Over 50 years ago we opened up a new world of learning to people who didn’t have access to university education. That pioneering approach is why we remain the best at delivering distance education, and have helped over two million students achieve their ambitions.

Supported distance learning

You’re never alone when you’re studying with us. Your community of expert tutors and fellow students will support you every step of the way. Your learning will either be online, or a mix of online and printed materials. Wherever you can get online, you’ll be able to study.


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