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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, 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.

We publish courses, games, videos, podcasts, ebooks and much more on OpenLearn and other sites around the web. Everything is free, no matter where you are - all you need is an internet connection.


Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're already passionate about a subject. For a five minute exploration or a 50 hour expedition into learning, head to OpenLearn where you’ll find over 700 free courses, totalling over 8,500 hours of learning. It’s all free. Go to OpenLearn.

OpenLearn Wales and OpenLearn Cymru: free bilingual resources from The Open University in Wales

On OpenLearn Wales you’ll find courses and other resources in Welsh and English, ranging from management, teaching, health and social work plus content that’s all about Wales – society, history and politics. You can also find Welsh language content on our OpenLearn Cymru page. 


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. Visit the OU’s ouLearn channel on YouTube

The Open University in Wales also has a YouTube playlist where you can find videos of our events.

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. Visit the OU on iTunes U


Want another way to listen and learn? Visit Audioboom, where we have over 900 free audio extracts across 15 different subject areas. Visit the OU on audioBoom

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’.

Open Research Online (ORO)

If you want to dig deeper into a subject with our expert researchers, visit ORO: one of the largest university research collections in the UK, with more than 15,000 research publications available online. Visit ORO


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. Visit FutureLearn

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