The Open University

The Open University


As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning.

With a commitment to delivering life-changing learning that meets learner & employer needs and enriches society, the OU has pioneered distance learning for over 50 years. This pioneering spirit is what makes them experts in delivering distance education, both in the UK and across 157 countries worldwide, and why they lead the way for innovative teaching and research.

The OU’s range of short courses on FutureLearn are being created in direct response to learner and employer needs worldwide. Designed and delivered by world-class academics and leading industry experts, they provide a perfect balance of academic excellence and workplace relevance, supporting learners and businesses to upskill quickly, stay up to date and get ahead.

Did you know?

  • An Open University qualification is widely respected by businesses. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, with 77% of FTSE 100 companies sponsoring staff to study OU courses.
  • More CEOs and Managing Directors of UK companies have studied with them than any other UK university.
  • The Open University is rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
  • The OU has partnered with the BBC for 50 years, moving from late-night lectures in the 1970s to award-winning, prime-time programmes. OU academics provide expert input to around 35 programmes per year.

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