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 on OpenLearn only
  • 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.

Hundreds of courses - something for everyone

See the full list of all the free OpenLearn courses on offer


Don't know where to start?

Below is a selection of popular free courses from across all of our subject areas or you can view our complete list. If you find you are enjoying your study experience on OpenLearn and want to keep a personal track of your progress, sign up for a free OU account.

Subject area Introductory



Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing Social Work Practice Factors that Influence Health Infants' Understanding of their Social World


Numbers, Units and Arithmetic Working with young people in sport and exercise The 'Why' and 'What' of Educational Leadership and Management

History & The Arts

Start Writing Fiction Continuing Classical Latin Voice-leading Analysis of Music: The Foreground


Beginners Chinese: Introducing Yourself Intermediate Italian: La Famiglia Learning a Second Language

Money & Management

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills How to Frame a Business Case Understanding Operations Management

Nature & Environment

Studying Darwin Understanding the Environment: A systems approach Introducing Environmental Decision Making

Science, Maths & Technology

Galaxies, Stars & Planets Computers & Computer Systems Invention and Innovation: An Introduction

People, Politics & Law

Starting with the Law: An overview of the Law Social Problems: Who makes them? Young People's Wellbeing

Looking to brush up on your study skills? Check out this list of skills-related courses.


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.