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Take the next step with an Open University short course

Updated Monday, 4 December 2023

Are you ready to supercharge your learning? Whether you’ve taken one or two OpenLearn courses or delved into many more, you may be thinking about the next step in your learning journey. Whatever your starting point or background, our range of short courses and microcredentials can help you level up your skills, propel your career and explore your personal passion.

Find out more about The Open University's short courses.

Our short courses are open to all and are delivered entirely online, giving you the flexibility to fit learning around your life. 

Our courses cover a wide range of subjects, from business management and computing to creative arts and languages. Created by our leading OU academics, and with many courses endorsed by leading industry partners, you can be confident in getting world-class learning and practical skills that you can immediately apply in the real world.

Julia Pennacchia, who studied a short course with the OU, said:

From the very start of the course, I was learning things that I could put into practice straight away. As a result, my manager started to give me more responsibility which in turn improved my confidence. This was a huge benefit to me in my work. 

How will I study?

All learning is 100% online. Our courses are designed to fit around your busy life and commitments, so you don’t need to be online at set times. You can learn from anywhere, at a time that suits you.

How much do short courses cost?

Our short courses start at £99. Prices vary by course, so for more detailed information, check the relevant course page.

Some of our courses are available to study for free through government-funded schemes.

Next steps

Explore our full range of short courses and take the next step in your learning journey.

Tommy Breslin has studied a number of OU short courses, and commented:

My line manager said that while these courses have greatly enabled my personal and professional development, they have also prepared me for taking on senior management responsibilities, and that the skills I have developed will be invaluable in driving our organisation through a process of digital transformation.

Why study with The Open University?

The Open University offers high-quality qualifications and courses created by world-class academics. We’ve been the experts in distance learning for over 50 years, allowing you to fit study around your life. Our world-leading teaching strategies and educational technologies mean you’ll get an immersive and interactive learning experience every step of the way.

You can find out more about our courses and qualifications on our website. Whatever your study goals, we can help you develop your knowledge and skills, and open up your future.


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