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Free online learning

The Open University's vision is to break down barriers to education by reaching millions of learners each year, through free educational resources.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to upskill or learn more about a particular interest, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion or need.

You can access any of these materials from your home (as long as you have internet access), your local library, or alternatively call into our Belfast office and a member of staff can guide you through how to access them.

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Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're already passionate about a subject. You’ll find over 950 free courses, totalling over 8,500 hours of learning. It’s all free

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FutureLearn inspires learning for life. Take a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

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Furloughed workers scheme

The Open University has partnered with the Department for the Economy to offer a range of free training to help you improve your skills and wellbeing.

Support for Local Business

Free courses for local SMEs

The Open University has partnered with Invest Northern Ireland to offer a range of free training and learning resources to re-power businesses.

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Join nearly 100,000 others by subscribing to ouLearn, the home for our free learning videos on YouTube. With over 1,300 uploads you’ll easily find a video or playlist to explore, whatever subject you’re interested in

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iTunes U

We have a huge range of podcasts to listen to on the move. Choose from over 3,500 free audio and video tracks across all subject areas, or download one of over 400 free ebooks to your iPhone, iPad or iPod using the iTunes U app

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Google Play

Read one of more than 80 free ebooks on your Android phone or tablet. Visit the Google Play store and search for ‘The Open University’.