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Study flexibly around your life with the experts in supported distance learning.

For over 50 years, we've supported millions of learners to transform their lives through our career-boosting, respected qualifications. With dedicated tutor support and the latest in learning technology, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

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Studying with the OU

The future is yours for the taking. Study with the OU, and you’ll get a qualification that’s recognised by employers around the globe. No wonder 87% of qualified students say the OU helped them achieve their goals.

You’ll find answers to the most popular questions below, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, you can speak to one of our advisors or request a prospectus.

Do I have the qualifications?

Where you start in life shouldn't limit where you go. That's why most OU courses don't come with formal entry requirements. All you need is that hunger to learn.

How much will it cost?

Studying from home could save you money. Find out how our fees compare to other universities and discover the range of funding options available to you.

How will I find time to study?

Wherever you are and wherever you want to go, our flexible approach to study means you can learn from home around your job, family, friends, and life.

Where could my degree take me?

Employers know the value of our courses – and our graduates. Get closer to that dream job with career-boosting courses designed to help you get ahead.

Will I have a tutor?

At the OU, there’s always someone in your corner. Get support from your dedicated tutor and take part in immersive group sessions.

Will I be part of a student community?

The UK’s biggest. That’s right, you’ll study alongside and connect with like-minded learners every step of the way. So, if you think distance learning means studying alone, think again.

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Want to know more about what it’s like to study with the OU? Our friendly student ambassadors are here to help, and you can send them a message directly.

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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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