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Updated Tuesday, 12th October 2021
The Open University offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications. OpenLearn is the home of free online learning offered by the OU. There are hundreds of flexible courses that players can combine with a busy training and match schedule. 

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Free courses for the football community in NI

We're providing a selection of free training courses to enhance your career prospects and opportunities. You can do these short courses at any time and at your own pace. These courses are designed to help you gain new skills and boost your CV. You can gain a digital badge or certificate for completing them.

The athlete's journey

Free courses

Study a degree

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Mental health and wellbeing

Safeguarding in sport

Introduction to English and Maths


Fees and funding

All undergraduate and postgraduate courses with The Open University can be found here and there's information on fees, funding and bursaries here.

Nearly all of our undergraduate courses have no pre-entry requirements. The PFA NI can support you through degree level study, even without the need to have studied or completed GCSEs/A-Levels (or equivalent).


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