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Study at the OU

Want to get a qualification that will help you develop or change your career? Learn a subject in depth? The Open University could provide the flexibility, the qualifications and the top-class teaching you’re after. For most courses you don't need any previous qualifications. And with our world-leading blend of distance learning and innovative study materials, you’ll get an exceptional learning experience.

Explore the prospectus

Explore the prospectus

Around 600 courses can count towards more than 250 qualifications. With specially designed introductory courses, you can gradually build towards your first university-level qualification, towards a degree and even beyond.

Access Courses

Getting started with an Access module

The OU offers a range of Access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study with the OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop your study skills, and build your confidence. They are perfect for new learners with little or no knowledge or experience of studying and use the same top-quality teaching materials and study support we’re famous for. They’re also fascinating and fun to do!

Read more about getting started with an Access module.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.

Support for your study

Support for your study

The OU will support you all the way: with financial help, with the study skills you need to succeed in higher education, or advice to help you develop or maybe change your career. And there is a wide range of services for disabled students.

Support for your study

Open qualifications

With an Open qualification – a CertHE, DipHE or degree – you choose what you want to study. This is one of the most flexible programmes of study in the UK, letting you build a qualification that’s unique for you.

Are you already an OU student ? Go to StudentHome for information on choosing your next module.

Your questions

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