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Study: Become a student

Updated Thursday, 11th September 2014

Thinking of studying with The Open University? You’re not alone. Thousands of visitors to the OpenLearn website have gone on to study at the OU having experienced the quality of the free learning we offer on OpenLearn. Find out more.

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The Open University offers around 250 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, including certificates, diplomas, honours degrees and masters.

If you want to reap the benefits of being a student at The Open University – including tutorial support and the opportunity to gain a qualification – you can find more information on the Study at the OU website.

Join more than 2 million people, who over the past 40 years, have been inspired to achieve their ambitions and follow their passions with The Open University. We're open to everyone and strive to be accessible to all, whatever your circumstance or ability.

You can study in a flexible way that is designed around you and our innovative learning materials bring learning to life. And what's more, you'll get unrivalled support from your tutor and join our vibrant student community.

Don't know where to start?

An Open University Access module is the ideal way to prepare for Higher Education study. These are introductory-level courses that have been specially designed to help you find out what it's like to study with The Open University, get a taste of a subject area, and develop your study skills and confidence.

You may be able to study an Access module for FREE. On successful completion, you’ll gain an Access Module Certificate, and you’ll be ready to continue with your OU studies towards a qualification such as a degree.

Outside the UK?

Many of our courses are available wherever you are on the planet - visit, tell us where you are, and see what's available in your territory.




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