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Welcome to OpenLearn: free learning from The Open University

Updated Tuesday 5th February 2019

Our vision is to break down barriers to education by reaching millions of learners each year, through free educational resources.

Why choose OpenLearn?

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 statement of participation as evidence of your learning

Explore OpenLearn

Accessing the internet on a cliff Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Tom Wang | 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.


Hundreds of free online courses to try

A woman uses a laptop to update her OpenLearn course Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sheftsoff | OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from university study. With almost 1,000 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

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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 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.

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Explore your world with free learning from The Open University

We've thousand of free learning items across OpenLearn - from games to full free online courses. Need help with where to start? We've a few ideas right here...

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Whether you're looking for a taste of university study, or to expand your skills for work, there's something for you in our free course section.

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Frequently asked questions on OpenLearn

Do you have a question that you'd like to ask the OpenLearn team? The chances are that we may have already answered! Check out the frequently asked questions below.

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Discover a world of learning

Thanks for your response. We’ve put together a selection of free content below to expand your personal knowledge. Let us help you pick up that pen, throw away the phrase book or get the old telescope out...


For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

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