What are the advantages of studying a free OpenLearn course?

  • Copyrighted image Credit: Cjwhitewine | Dreamstime.com Courses are either adapted extracts from The Open University courses - the same as the ones studied by our students - or complete courses exclusive to OpenLearn
  • If you're interested in taking an Open University course, but not sure it's for you, you can get a feel for what's on offer before signing up
  • Free courses are available now, whenever now is - you can start right away, or whenever suits you
  • You can work through at your own pace - if you want to do a burst of ten hours in one sitting - be our guest. Want to spread studying over a longer period? That's your choice. Just use the 'enrol' button, and we'll remember how far you've got through for you
  • Share what you've learned - build your MyOpenLearn profile, download records of activity and - later this year - earn badges on selected courses

Ready to go? You can...

Browse our guide to free OpenLearn courses

... or, if you already know what you're looking for ...

Make a quick choice from a list of courses

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What are free courses?

Our free courses are study materials either created for OpenLearn or adapted from actual Open University courses. These are materials from the same courses our registered students take – but online and free to the world! With over 650 free courses, spread across a range of subject areas, we hope you'll find something that interests you.

Free courses from OpenLearn can take anything from 1-50 hours to work through and are available from introductory to postgraduate level. Each has clear learning outcomes, and many have activities and sample answers to help you assess your progress. You can even download an activity statement when you have finished. To take advantage of our free courses, sign up for a free OU account and enrol on as many as you like.