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at the OU
Is what you’re
at the OU
Is what you’re
With The Open University, you can study at home or at work, on the move or on the beach - reading, watching and listening, doing activities and assignments, taking part in debates and discussions.
You get regular support from your tutor and Student Support Team, and you’ll be able to get together with other students online, at group tutorials and through informal study groups.
to help you
Why Open University
Improve your career prospects
Today’s job market is tougher than it has been for a long time, the OU can help you get into it, with a respected qualification that employers really value.
The qualities it takes to get an OU qualification are exactly what employers are looking for and a degree is always valuable, no matter what you study with around 70% of graduate jobs open to graduates of any discipline.
OU qualifications help people get into a wide range of sectors, including IT, social care, finance, nursing, law, engineering, teaching and lots more.
Around 175,000 students are studying OU courses right now.
There are no entry requirements with the OU - the only qualifications that matter are the ones you leave with. So if you have the commitment it takes to study, the OU does everything it can to help you succeed.
Here is a selection of video testimonials and interviews with past students describing their experience of The OU and how it has changed their lives.
your future is
than you think
Funding to suit your circumstances
There’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay. That’s why the OU keeps fees as low as possible and offers a wide range of flexible payment and funding options to make study even more affordable than you might think.
Fees and funding options available vary according to your personal circumstances and where you live. For many people a part-time tuition fee Loan ( student loan) is the best way to fund study, regardless of age or income. Not only can many OU students qualify for financial assistance from different schemes, but they also offer an OU student budget account which lets you spread the cost of study across monthly instalments. And you could ask your employer to sponsor you
Can I do It?
See what it’s like to study at the OU and the impact it has had on some of its students
Arts & Humanities
Business & Management
Computing & IT
Childhood & Youth
Environment & Development
Health & Social Care
Health & Wellbeing
Mathematics & Statistics
Nursing & Healthcare Practice
Psychology & Counselling
OU students demonstrate commitment, time management and prioritising skills, all valued by employers.
There are no formal entry requirements to study, the only qualifications that matter are the ones you leave with.
Unsure about study? Free taster courses are there to help you prove you can do it. There are over 800 to choose from.
Many of our modules and qualifications are professionally accredited.
You pay for each module separately
You don’t pay for a whole qualification up front
If your study is work related your employer may be willing to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees
Fees include OU course materials, tutor support, assessments, and exams
Part-time tuition loans are the most popular method of payment for first time undergraduate students