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The Open University provides high-quality distance learning for all, so join our millions of students who have already begun their life-changing journey.

The Open University in the United Kingdom  – voted top for student satisfaction for three years running – can provide the flexibility and the top-class teaching you're looking for. To study with The Open University you don't need any previous qualifications and with our world-leading blend of supported open learning and innovative course materials, you'll get an exceptional learning experience. In addition, we have been delivering Open Educational Resources since 2006 via the OpenLearn platform. We aim to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free.  

Managing my investments

Managing my investments

New

On this free online course, you'll learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You'll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets. And you'll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Basic science: understanding numbers

Basic science: understanding numbers

New

This practical, hands-on free course will help you to start thinking like a scientist, by using numbers to describe and understand the natural world.

Micro course
4 weeks, 1.5 hours
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

New

This free course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing. It provides a practical, hands-on approach, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Introducing the voluntary sector

Introducing the voluntary sector

New

If you feel that you want to learn more about the voluntary sector then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
The Business of football

The Business of football

Current

If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and stimulating free course which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3–5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
9 hours, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with maths - Part 1

Succeed with maths - Part 1

Current

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this eight week free badge course from The Open University is for you. The course will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with maths – Part 2

Succeed with maths – Part 2

Current

This free badged course from The Open University will develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Managing my Money

Managing my Money

Current

The free Open University course Managing my money is a course in personal financial management. It covers financial planning, budgeting, debt management, investments, housing, pension planning and insurance.

In addition to building a household budget and balance sheet and developing other practical skills in financial management, the course explores the social and behavioural drivers of financial decision making and the nature of financial risks households can be exposed to.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
24 hours, 3 hours per week
Certificates of achievement
Introduction to ecosystems

Introduction to ecosystems

Current

This free course from The Open University is designed to help you gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
6 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Moons

Moons

Current

This free course from The Open University explores the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 Weeks, 3 hours per week
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with learning

Succeed with learning

Current

Have you ever had any of the following thoughts?

What do I want to do with my life? How can I reach my goal? Would I cope with studying at college or university? Can I get better at learning? How can I manage the challenges that life keeps throwing my way?

If you are thinking about questions like these, this free badged course from The Open University Succeed with learning is just what you are looking for.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Taking your first steps into higher education

Taking your first steps into higher education

Current

This free badged course from The Open University explores - What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free badged course is for you.

Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities, the social sciences and maths, technology and science.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Facilitating learning in practice

Facilitating learning in practice

Current

Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship?
This free badge course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
 Succeed in the workplace

Succeed in the workplace

Current

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 2 hours
Certificates of achievement
Introduction to cyber security

Introduction to cyber security

Current

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Forensic psychology

Forensic psychology

Current

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Basic science: understanding experiments

Basic science: understanding experiments

Current

This practical, hands-on course aims to help you start thinking like a scientist by carrying out experiments at home and making scientific observations.
You will carry out simple experiments to extract the DNA from fruit or vegetables, observe osmosis in action and bake a potato to destruction! You’ll also investigate how different liquids behave when frozen and how much water an everyday food item contains.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
4 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning

Past

This free badged course from The Open University will help you develop your English reading and writing skills you will need to succeed at university.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Can renewable energy power the world?

Can renewable energy power the world?

Past

This free course from The Open University explores the physical principles underlying the various renewable energies, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects in order for you to answer the question, 'Can renewable energy power the world'?

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement