Opportunity - It’s in your hands

Explore what’s possible when you learn with us.

We’ve pioneered distance learning for over 50 years. Whatever you want to achieve, we’re here to help make it happen, with the freedom to learn around your life.

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Find a course that’s right for you

There are hundreds to choose from, whatever your interest. Open up a world of opportunity, from business to psychology, science to social care and there's our unique Open degree, which lets you study any subjects in any combination.

Boost your confidence with an OU Access module

If you’ve been away from education for a while, our Access modules will help you prepare for further study. Designed as an introduction to distance learning, they are a great way to refresh your study skills. Many OU students say studying one of our Access modules helped them feel better prepared for a full qualification and built their confidence. You may even be able to study for free!

Investing in your future is more affordable than you might think

While the qualification you achieve is the same as one from a campus-based university, the cost is over 30% less with us. And it’s all made even more affordable with loans, bursaries or pay-as-you-learn instalments. We’ll do our best to help you find a way of paying that suits your circumstances.

We bring university to you

Our flexible approach means you can study at your own pace and learn around your job, your family, your life.  Decide when and where you study with online access to all your materials and tutorials to connect with tutors and fellow students, wherever you are.

No previous qualifications, no problem

For most courses, our only entry requirement is a desire to learn. That means whatever your starting point, there are no limits to what you can achieve with us. Our mission is to make learning accessible to all and we’ve helped over two million students reach their goals.

We'll support you every step of the way

With a dedicated tutor for every module, you’ll receive expert advice and regular feedback. Our courses are designed to equip you with key skills, preparing you for an ever-changing world and making you more employable than ever.

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I’m the first person in my family to get a degree. I came out of it as a person with higher aspirations who believed in himself.

Martyn Stanley, Open Degree