Where will new skills take you?

The right qualification will make sure you’re all set for a successful career in the future. 

From short courses to degrees, if you want to stay ahead in today’s competitive job market, we can help make it happen.

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Boost your business, computing and IT skills with the OU

It’s never been so important to have the right skills to make sure you stand out from the crowd. The OU is a leading provider of courses that address the UK’s skills shortage. Having the right set of skills won’t just give you the edge over every other candidate, it will open doors to bigger and better opportunities. 
Choose from a range of free courses and short courses, or a wide variety of certificates, diplomas and degrees at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Develop new skills, update existing ones, and showcase your value to prospective employers.
Find your course today and discover where new skills will take you.

Reasons to choose the OU

  • Triple accredited business school.
  • 95% of OU Computing and IT graduates are in employment six months after they graduate.
  • 75 of FTSE 100 companies train their staff with us.

My OU Business Studies degree let me turn my passion for video games into a career. It’s gone so well I even got a BAFTA nomination.

Antonio Grasso

The OU’s flexibility meant I could gain the computing and IT skills I needed for a career in cyber security. All while working part-time and bringing up 3 children.

Daniela Waugh

Update your skills in these areas

Business and Management

A competitive global economy means a good grounding in business is becoming more and more useful if you want to get ahead in life.

Whatever your starting point or background, The Open University offers high quality qualifications and courses to help you fulfil your ambition.

Computing and IT

Computing and IT professionals with a strong skill set are very much in demand. It’s not only the IT sector looking to benefit, areas such as retail, finance and manufacturing also value these skills.

OU study ensures you remain at the cutting edge, a vital competitive advantage to progress your career.


Study a broad range of real world topics in economics related to policy, international trade, business decision making, work and climate change.

The analytical skills and statistical techniques that this degree develops are highly valued by employers, which is why economics graduates are amongst the highest-paid in the UK.

Bringing business and management skills to life

Check out the highlights from the CEO Challenge we hosted LIVE on our YouTube channel, bringing to life the skills you need to manage or run a business. BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney is guided through a series of lively challenges by our ‘OU-riginals’; an expert line-up of alumni, academics and students who share valuable tips throughout the episodes.

Watch each episode replay here in full on our YouTube channel.