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Where to take your learning next

Updated Wednesday, 26 July 2023
By now you will already know all about the amazing learning opportunities available on OpenLearn. You may have completed many OpenLearn courses or perhaps just one or two. However much you’ve done so far, your experience on OpenLearn means you already know what it is like to study online and at a distance.

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Screenshot from animation - Why Access modules are a great place to start


As you think about where your learning will take you next, we wanted to let you know about two possible routes into studying an Open University qualification. 

Our Access Modules

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An Access module is a great place to start if you want a gentle introduction to Open University study. Designed specifically for OU students, it can also help you to find out more about your interests and where you want your learning to take you.

There are three Access modules to choose from, and they start each February, May, and October. You might even qualify for a free place. 

Designed to inspire you, you’ll explore a range of broadly related subjects within one module. That means you’ll have the time and space to discover where your natural interests lie before settling on your ultimate qualification goal.

We’re different to other universities because we’re open to people based on their potential rather than their prior qualifications. Most of our courses have no formal entry requirements and our students come from a diverse range of educational backgrounds. So, we offer a choice of starting points depending on how confident you are in your study skills.

Click here to find out more about the Access modules.


Making your learning count

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Our flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count previous or current study from OpenLearn, or other types of previous learning towards OU qualifications. Through a series of assessment tasks, you will explore what you have learned already whilst developing the skills you need to be a successful student.

The blend of subjects that you choose to cover is up to you, making this learning experience an entirely personal one.

Your tutor will help you plan your study and identify what you are hoping to achieve through this module and your future study plans.


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