Welcome to OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University

OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free!

  • Updated Wednesday 5th November 2014
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What can you do on OpenLearn?

You can use this website to:

  • browse the subject categories to discover articles, watch videos and interact with features and games created by our academic experts and guest contributors
  • explore new topics to build your personal knowledge or look for reference material for a course you are already studying
  • join the debates - hit the Comments area on all our pages to make your voice heard, rate how we're doing and share with your friends
  • find out What's On TV and radio - great Open University programmes on the BBC
  • take one of our free courses
  • earn a digital badge or statment of participation as evidence of your learning

Explore OpenLearn

Accessing the internet on a cliff Copyrighted image Copyright: Tom Wang | Dreamstime.com Interactives, games, video, podcasts and articles to grow your learning; along with details of Open University programmes and opportunities to order posters, booklets and more.

 

Try over 800 free courses online

A woman uses a laptop to update her OpenLearn course Copyrighted image Copyright: Sheftsoff | Dreamstime.com OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from university study. With over 800 free courses, spread across a variety of subject areas, we hope you'll find something that interests you.

 

Study with The OU and make this the year you change your life

A group of younger people studying Copyrighted image Copyright: Konstantin Chagin | Dreamstime.com For most of our undergraduate courses you don’t need any formal qualifications to study with us because we believe anyone keen to succeed should have the opportunity to study. 

 

Don't miss out

There are other initiatives we participate in. Take a look at some free online courses brought to you by the Social Partnership Network – a group of 10 national organisations who collectively aim to create and encourage a more diverse higher education system. 

 

Help us make OpenLearn work for you: The OpenLearn team are conducting a survey to find out more about how people use our free learning content. If you've got a few minutes to spare, please tell us what you think.