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, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.
With a commitment to delivering life-changing learning that meets learner 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.
“Learners and organisations are demanding new ways to develop knowledge, skills and competencies, and want to do so quickly and from bite-sized quality assured courses. Responding to the changing needs of learners and organisations is central to the mission of The Open University and upskilling through our short courses is a great way to continue professional development while gaining in-demand, specialist knowledge.”
Tim Plyming, Managing Director – Paid Short Courses & Microcredentials, The Open University
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 prime-time programmes. OU academics provide expert input to around 35 programmes per year, including popular programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.
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