The Open University

4.3 (32 reviews)
(32 reviews)

About us

The Open University, established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969, is the leading university for flexible, innovative learning and research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.

OpenLearn was launched by The Open University in 2006 and is the University's multi-award-winning platform for free learning materials.  OpenLearn breaks the barriers to education and reaches millions of learners around the world each year.

Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Want to brush up on your employability skills before applying for a new job? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject and keen to learn more. Whether it’s a five-minute exploration or a 50-hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn for free, so dive in and start learning!

Why choose us

  • With additional skills becoming increasingly valued by employers, The Open University has developed a range of options for those who may need to enhance their work skills but can’t commit to full-time study.
  • All courses are highly engaging and cover a range of core subjects and professional competencies essential for the modern workplace.
  • Completing a free course demonstrates interest in a subject, evidence of professional development or a commitment to studying.
  • OpenLearn courses provide learners with a free Statement of Participation that can be downloaded and used as evidence of independent learning.
  • With some courses you can also earn a free digital badge as evidence of your learning to share with employers, friends and family on social media and display on LinkedIn.

From 1 to 100 hours of learning – discover hundreds of free courses to inspire and inform everyone. Enrol today and join the 7 million new learners who study with OpenLearn every year!


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