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What is distance learning?

Accessible study resources and expert tutor instruction mean you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where you want. Whatever your circumstances, gain a recognised and respected university qualification.

Achieve your goals through part-time or full-time study with The Open University.

How we make distance learning work for you

Distance learning is going to be different to the study you’ve done before – school, college, even university. But it’ll be similar in many ways as well.

With OU distance learning, you’ll have study materials, an online study portal, a dedicated tutor, student forums, learning events and more.

As the only UK university dedicated to distance learning, we want to make sure you know what to expect as an OU student. So we’ve put together a series of short guides on some of the aspects of studying with us.

A guide to our qualifications

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll give you an idea of what qualifications we offer and how they’re structured.

How will I study?

Learn more about how you’ll learn and the materials and resources unique to OU students.

Tutors and tutorials

Our expert tutors provide support and guidance throughout your module studies. Find out more about their role, tutorials and other learning events.
TEF 2023 Gold Award
TEF 2023 Gold Award

Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got a question about what it’s like to study at the OU, we’ve got the answer.

Check out some of our frequently asked questions