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Nearly 1000 FREE courses at The Open University

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Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Our courses Read More
Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Our courses
thomasleep Avatar1m, 2d agoFound 1 month, 2 days ago276 Comments
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People need to wake up and realise that degrees mean literally nothing. Our society is brainwashed from a young age into thinking that a degree or higher education guarantees better jobs or a better lifestyle, and it's awful.
Yes certain areas require knowledge and experience, but for the most part if you know what you want to do, you can do it. The wealth of information and free open source courses available online is enough to make a start in most jobs, as long as you put the effort in and have something to show for it.
Sadly most people think the hard part is the learning and that completing it automatically gives them a pass when it comes to actually getting a job. A piece of paper with your name and a grade on means nothing.
You're dead right, but unfortunately graduates are now being given all the lower paid, unskilled jobs over people trying to work their way up without having to study. The not-so-academic kids don't stand a chance now, especially now people can't retire before they die, lol.
striker33
People need to wake up and realise that degrees mean literally nothing. Our society is brainwashed from a young age into thinking that a degree or higher education guarantees better jobs or a better lifestyle, and it's awful.
Yes certain areas require knowledge and experience, but for the most part if you know what you want to do, you can do it. The wealth of information and free open source courses available online is enough to make a start in most jobs, as long as you put the effort in and have something to show for it.
Sadly most people think the hard part is the learning and that completing it automatically gives them a pass when it comes to actually getting a job. A piece of paper with your name and a grade on means nothing.

It meant quite a lot to me. I walked into a job straight out of uni and have had steady payrises ever since. If you don't pick a mickey mouse course you'll walk into a job.
Great for a free resource
I finish my open uni degree tomorrow at 5:30 Open degree with honours!

Few things I thought I would mention to anyone considering the open uni (remember this is only my experience) is that it takes a lot of time, on average it is around an hour a day every day but can jump to 2-3 hours when essays are due and then as many hours as you can devote towards exam revision!

The actual content of the course is good in my opinion there is a bit of variety, and I have never had a course which is read this do activity x, they mix it up with videos puzzles, etc. One piece of advice is always to do the activities included they help!

Also, note the pass marks at the open uni are very high and are so unfair! You need 40% to pass, and 85% is a distinction compared to 70% for a normal uni. With all modules as well you are graded 50% on your essays and 50% on your exam however they take the lowest grade of the two as an example this current module I have scored 80% in all 4 of my essays but my exam tomorrow I will score around 60% at best, so my overall grade for the module is grade 3 which is a 2.2. If you struggle with exams as I do they will bring your whole module mark down.

The negatives and these are big for me are the tutors, I have had 11 tutors, and of them only 2-3 have I felt genuinely been interested, the rest do the bare minimum as a tutor and simply post what is required when and also some leave a little feedback on essays which doesn't help.

Another issue I had is I found the support around essays notably lacking one essay I failed as I was way of course, but I asked my tutor before I even started writing it and was told they couldn't help as it was to do with the essay, I also couldn't ask other students as again it was to do with the essay. Now at a traditional uni, I don't think that situation would have ever happened as you can ask peers, etc.

There are actual tutorials as well where you can attend however they started off being local to me, so I went to them all however as I got closer to the finishing line and therefore the content gets harder the tutorials were 50+ miles away which was again annoying.

Overall I wouldn't say I enjoyed my time at the Open Uni, I am glad I have done it, but I did it on transitional agreements, and I would have no way done it on the current fees as in my opinion for what you get it isn't worth it.

If anyone wants to ask any questions, I am happy to answer them. Maybe not tomorrow evening though as I will be celebrating!
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Student Beans Membership free with OpenLearn Open University Free Course

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You can get registered with Student Beans for 1 year for free by uploading screen shot as Open University on the student beans website. You have to register for the free OpenLearn Open University cou… Read More
You can get registered with Student Beans for 1 year for free by uploading screen shot as Open University on the student beans website. You have to register for the free OpenLearn Open University cou…
ukguy2k Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago34 Comments
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I had the exact same email
Only just done it so nothing yet. Was easier doing it this way than the screen shot
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If using Chrome, click print then save as a PDF and then attach the PDF
Was yours approved?
If using Chrome, click print then save as a PDF and then attach the PDF
Signed up legitimately as I am studying for a degree with the OU - I already have UniDays and this one has some nice discounts too so thanks for making me aware :)
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Free BBC Life Story Poster delivered @ The Open University

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The Open University are giving away Free BBC Life Story Posters You can request for the poster to be delivered or print yourself. Delivery takes 2-4 weeks Read More
The Open University are giving away Free BBC Life Story Posters You can request for the poster to be delivered or print yourself. Delivery takes 2-4 weeks
dougrobbins78 Avatar4m, 3w agoFound 4 months, 3 weeks ago7 Comments
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thanks op
seanjames
these will look good in the cells of most open university students

So tell me good Sir, where did you get your degree from?
Thanks
seanjames
these will look good in the cells of most open university students

I don't know much about prison inmates but I doubt any of them will be studying. If they do, it will be a very small number.

I am not a fan of self learning so I think it is very difficult to do distance learning through the open university unless you have a lot of self discipline.

I would be interested to know if employers value open university degrees when it comes to employing graduates. I have never worked with anyone who is a graduate from the open university.
these will look good in the cells of most open university students
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Free online courses from top Universities and specialist organisations from Futurelearn

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I recently found out about a free online Genealogy course over 6 weeks held by the University of Strathclyde, so thought I would share details of the company that introduced me to this course, which w… Read More
I recently found out about a free online Genealogy course over 6 weeks held by the University of Strathclyde, so thought I would share details of the company that introduced me to this course, which w…
1966mcta Avatar1y, 1m agoFound 1 year, 1 month ago26 Comments
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Thanks mosskeeto, I agree
These are still available, seemed worth having a reminder
"Alison.com" has a very large selection of free online courses too. All ranging from psychology to languages.
TQ4 this

Coursea is a great site too. Brilliant courses available. Courses available from around the world.
TQ4 this
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Free Online Courses @ Open Learn (the free part of Open University) Hundreds of interesting subjects.

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The courses on this site are always free, so this post is a heads up rather than a deal. Being an 'oldie' I wasnt aware it existed until recently and thought others might find it interesting too if th… Read More
The courses on this site are always free, so this post is a heads up rather than a deal. Being an 'oldie' I wasnt aware it existed until recently and thought others might find it interesting too if th…
heada Avatar1y, 2m agoFound 1 year, 2 months ago11 Comments
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Great Find. Hot :)
Sally973
Fantastic signed up for a Project Management course.

ArpanaBasu001
Great find...thanks

mc11
Thank you, very handy

Sian6484
Thank you so much - had no idea about this.

Thanks, I'm so glad that you all found this useful.
Thank you so much - had no idea about this.
Thank you, very handy
Great find...thanks
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Download Free Wild Weather Poster @ TheOpenUniversity

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What are the causes and effects of extreme weather such as cyclones, tornadoes, sand storms, and thunder and lightening? Discover more about the extreme power and utter devastation caused by wild w… Read More
What are the causes and effects of extreme weather such as cyclones, tornadoes, sand storms, and thunder and lightening? Discover more about the extreme power and utter devastation caused by wild w…
Sharpharp Avatar1y, 4m agoFound 1 year, 4 months ago2 Comments
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flimbo73
To print out yourself using £££'s worth of your own ink?
Don't you mean "To print out yourself using £££'s worth of your employer's ink?" :)

Edited By: qbs on Feb 09, 2016 14:43
To print out yourself using £££'s worth of your own ink?
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David Attenborough - The Hunt - Free Poster from The Open University

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Found while browsing the Open University website. Free Poster for The Hunt Narrated by David Attenborough which starts on Sunday. Posting for anyone that may find this item of interest. Direct Read More
Found while browsing the Open University website. Free Poster for The Hunt Narrated by David Attenborough which starts on Sunday. Posting for anyone that may find this item of interest. Direct
charver Avatar1y, 7m agoFound 1 year, 7 months ago18 Comments
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Heat for the old person..:D

Oooohhhh, you cheeky monkey ;)

Edited By: charver on Dec 15, 2015 02:52
charver
smudge92
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is it delivered for free?
Yes, got mine a few weeks ago now :D
cool! just filled in the form, will see what happens. thanks
It may take a couple of weeks now, but it should come.
Heat for the old person..:D
smudge92
charver
smudge92
is it delivered for free?
Yes, got mine a few weeks ago now :D
cool! just filled in the form, will see what happens. thanks

It may take a couple of weeks now, but it should come.
charver
smudge92
is it delivered for free?
Yes, got mine a few weeks ago now :D
cool! just filled in the form, will see what happens. thanks
smudge92
is it delivered for free?

Yes, got mine a few weeks ago now :D
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'Nine Months That Made You' Free poster

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Order your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'. Read More
Order your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'.
BeautyLoverz Avatar1y, 9m agoFound 1 year, 9 months ago13 Comments
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allowed
Does anybody know what size the poster is.

IIRC the last one was like four A4 sheets folder so A1 size

The Free OU Posters are usually all the same size, hope that helps.

Edited By: Maevoric on Sep 23, 2015 14:30
The Miracle of Childbirth......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeavNauY59o

You're welcome. ^.^

Edited By: Elevation on Sep 21, 2015 16:37
THANKS :D
size is not mentioned anywhere so waiting for poster to appear in post - finger crossed :)
I can't see the stork on this poster, is it just contnued from after the stork has left, does anyone know?oO
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Free 'The Met' poster from Open University/BBC

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BBC one are showing a series at the moment about The Met police force, claim your free wall poster from the OU/BBC. Have applied for various posters from the OU and all have arrived. Shared Via… Read More
BBC one are showing a series at the moment about The Met police force, claim your free wall poster from the OU/BBC. Have applied for various posters from the OU and all have arrived. Shared Via…
NIgelK Avatar2y, 1w agoFound 2 years, 1 week ago3 Comments
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Ordered for my police mad son, thanks
lol.
The Met poster! Useful as toilet paper or to line the hamsters cage maybe
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BBC How Nature Works Booklet

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Free "How Nature Works" booklet. Just fill out form :) Read More
Free "How Nature Works" booklet. Just fill out form :)
PrincessBubs Avatar2y, 1m agoFound 2 years, 1 month ago3 Comments
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ordered thanks
Ordered for the kids
Thank you
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The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland: Order your free newspaper poster

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The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland: Order your free newspaper poster. Read More
The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland: Order your free newspaper poster.
missceaford Avatar2y, 3m agoFound 2 years, 3 months ago3 Comments
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"Sorry, we’re currently offline because our IT department is doing some work in the background. They're going to be as fast as they can". :(
Thanks for posting, very interesting to read.
Ordered for my hubby. He will love this. Thanks for posting OP
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Free Animal Poster

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missceaford Avatar2y, 3m agoFound 2 years, 3 months ago9 Comments
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Have ordered, my boy will love it. Thanks
I got one of these last time. It was a nice size and really good quality for free.
Ordered mine today and asked my mum too as well, thanks. I Like this site, there seems to be lots of friendly people here too. I'm just trying to load the Bk voucher page, and it keeps freezing grr
Thank you.
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Free empire poster

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Free empire poster, order for free. Read More
Free empire poster, order for free.
missceaford Avatar2y, 3m agoFound 2 years, 3 months ago9 Comments
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Thanks - now I can plot my war against America. They will never take our U's....
Cheers
Denbi
Nice map have one to put on kids wall.
somthing to complement it.map of all the countries that have declared independence from UK.http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/this_map_shows_all_the_countries_that_have_declared_their_independence_from_the_united_kingdom/

No Scotland lol
Denbi
Nice map have one to put on kids wall.
somthing to complement it.map of all the countries that have declared independence from UK.http://www.salon.com/2014/09/16/this_map_shows_all_the_countries_that_have_declared_their_independence_from_the_united_kingdom/
fascinating - thanks
heat for OP
Thanx OP too. :-)
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Order your free Seasons poster (Digital Format only) to take you through the Great British Year

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Order your free Seasons poster to take you through the Great British Year
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Free wild weather poster

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Order your free wild weather poster now! You can print or get it sent to you. Read More
Order your free wild weather poster now! You can print or get it sent to you.
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good stuff from open university
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Free Tiger poster delivered from Open University

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Get your free poster Discover more about animal life stories with The Open University. Simply complete the form below to order your free copy. Read More
Get your free poster Discover more about animal life stories with The Open University. Simply complete the form below to order your free copy.
thebaron69 Avatar2y, 4m agoFound 2 years, 4 months ago13 Comments
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Nice one. Sadly your fridge poster wasn't as well received :(
thanks, ordered both. They are great!!
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Thank you :)
One on your favourite subject :)http://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment/order-your-free-wild-weather-poster

thanks ordered that too!
Thank you
Thanks
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Order your free Empire poster from The Open University

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Follow the link to get your free map wallchart showing the British Empire and how it attempted to adapt to a changing world. Shared Via The HUKD App For Android. Read More
Follow the link to get your free map wallchart showing the British Empire and how it attempted to adapt to a changing world. Shared Via The HUKD App For Android.
bayerone Avatar2y, 7m agoFound 2 years, 7 months ago13 Comments
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We should have levelled at 10% gnp tax before letting India go. OK we killed millions and robbed them blind but look on the bright side we sold them a few bits for their space program.
I often wondered why everyone was no longer a British Empire national with complete free movement of trade and labour just like the EU after WW2.
Thanks.
My Great British Year one came this morning.
interesting cheers
Thanks! Really enjoy these offers the Open University do every now and again.
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order free Bang Poster @ The open University

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A free poster from The Open University that explores the colourful connections between different parts of science, engineering and technology—presented in the inimitable Bang style Shared Via The H… Read More
A free poster from The Open University that explores the colourful connections between different parts of science, engineering and technology—presented in the inimitable Bang style Shared Via The H…
bayerone Avatar2y, 7m agoFound 2 years, 7 months ago3 Comments
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thanks :)
Thanks for your deal. I've corrected the link for you :)
doesn't work, dead page
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Order your free booklet @ Open University

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Order your free booklet to accompany Towns with Nicholas Crane, which looks at the topics of connections, migration, diversity and power. Shared Via The HUKD App For Android. Read More
Order your free booklet to accompany Towns with Nicholas Crane, which looks at the topics of connections, migration, diversity and power. Shared Via The HUKD App For Android.
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Thanks for your deal. I've corrected the link for you :)
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Order your free wild weather poster from Open University

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Mine arrived the other day - free is free, can't complain - heat added
Just Ordered mine :D
Thanks. Ordered mine :)
Thanks for your deal. I've corrected the link for you :)
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Degree Upgrade: Open University Discounts

Designed to enable ordinary people to access higher education, the Open University has admitted over 1.5 million students since its founding in 1969. It’s changed a lot over the years, but remains a great place to learn skills, upgrade your CV and build a better future. And with many OU discounts on offer at HotUKDeals, anyone can find affordable courses to build their skills.

Graduating in Maths, Welsh, Psychology and More: The Open University

After the Second World War, Britain saw a huge increase in demand for higher education, as incomes grew and people sought to improve themselves. However, the traditional universities had limited capacity and struggled to offer services to people in full-time work, so an alternative was required.

The first Labour government of Harold Wilson provided the answer in the form of the Open University. Opening its doors in 1969, the OU offered a huge range of distance learning courses. It enlisted leading academics from other institutions to provide teaching support, and also leveraged the role of the BBC, running a famous series of documentaries for students to use.

Nowadays, the emphasis has moved away from TV to online learning Courses still take place remotely (although there is a central OU campus in Milton Keynes), and use tools like online forums, mailed out DVDs, video lectures and video conferencing.

The teaching has been consistently rated as “excellent” by official regulators, which may be why 250,000 people are currently enrolled. Why not join them and improve your knowledge and employment prospects in the process?

Where to Sign Up for Open University Courses

If you want to start an Open University course, the first place to head is their course listings on the Open University website, www.open.ac.uk. You can request a brochure with full listings and fees, give them a call or book a call back at a convenient moment to discuss your options.

What Kind of Courses are on Offer at the Open University?

Students at the Open University study a dizzying variety of subjects, so there should be something for everyone. Options include:

  • Arts & Humanities – Including English literature, history, philosophy, economics, politics and classics.
  • Business & Management – Includes innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and accounting qualifications.
  • Education – Take a teacher training qualification or specialist courses in themes like early childhood and youth justice studies.
  • Environment – Includes geography, environmental studies, ecology and courses relating to international development.
  • Engineering – Features courses on mechanical engineering and computing at all levels.
  • Psychology – Includes academic psychology and counselling courses, along with criminal justice related options like forensic psychology.
  • Science – Includes biology, chemistry, physics, sport, fitness and coaching and earth sciences.
  • Maths and Statistics – Includes a wide range of theoretical and applies mathematics qualifications.

That’s really just a small cross-section of the courses on offer, but it gives a sense of how much choice the Open University provides. Browse in detail, and you’ll find some niche subjects that many places don’t offer, including some of the most popular Welsh courses in the UK.

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Open University Free Courses and Other Offers

One of the founding principles of the OU is to keep it affordable for ordinary people, and with part-time degrees costing a maximum of £2,500 (double that for full-time), it remains among the cheapest higher education providers in the UK.

Then again, these are still hefty prices for courses, but help is at hand. Check out the HotUKDeals Open University listings for any current savings. And check them in mid to late-summer as well. You may be surprised by how many common subjects are discounted as the new university year approaches.

There are also many free courses which come with no fees at all. These include beginners language courses, courses for carers and local history courses, and a list of them can be found on their website.

Payment Methods Accepted by the Open University

When it comes to paying for OU courses, you can use the following methods: All major credit and debit cards, including VISA, MasterCard and American Express, as well as direct debits. You can also arrange mixed payments featuring a blend of bank transfers and card payments if this makes more sense, and payments are staggered over the term of your course.

Course Durations at the Open University

The Open University offers a variety of flexible learning schedules to fit in with the lifestyles of working people. These include:

  • Foundation Degrees – Generally thought to represent two thirds of an honours degree, Foundation degrees can be completed in a couple of years and are a good grounding in any subject.
  • Honours Degrees – Also known as bachelors degrees, Honours courses tend to last for three years (full time). They can also be bundled into what are known as Integrated Masters Degrees, which last for five years and combine a bachelors and a masters qualification.
  • Masters Degrees – Build on the skills learned at Honours level and tend to be required for higher level employment. They usually last for two years, full-time.
  • Higher Education Diplomas – Another stepping stone to an Honours degree, Diplomas generally represent two thirds of a bachelors qualification.
  • Certificate of Higher Education – Amounting to around a third of an Honours degree, CHE qualifications are a great (and cheap) introduction to topics that you might want to pursue in greater detail.
  • Open University Certificates – A special OU qualification that represents around one sixth of an Honours degree. A short, concise introduction to a wide range of subjects.
  • Short courses – These don’t have any academic standing, but offer enjoyable intros to useful subjects and only take between 25 and 100 hours to complete.

Cancelling Courses at the Open University

Degrees area big investment in both time and money, but sometimes anyone can make a wrong decision. If you find that you are in the wrong course, you may be able to cancel and request a refund.

If you realise straight away, you have 14 days from the receipt of the letter accepting you onto an OU course to start the cancellation process.

To cancel, you’ll need to send the Open University the following information: Your name, your Open University Personal Identifier Number, the name of the course or module you wish to cancel, and the course codes of the cancelled courses.

You can phone the OU to provide this information at: 0300 3035303, or write to them at:

  • The Open University
    PO Box 197
    Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ
    United Kingdom

If you inform them before the 14 days expires, you will receive a full refund. No refunds are provided if you cancel after that date.

Following the Open University on Social Media

New OU courses appear all the time, and the university also announces plenty of deals and free courses via social media. You can follow their media team at:

Another handy resource is the OU StudentHome Community, which allows students to stay in touch and support each other, and the OpenLearn Newsletter, which will keep you up to date about new free courses.

Using the OU Apps

The Open University offers quite a few apps on their downloads website that are useful for the different courses or are just for fun. There is e. g. the OU Brainwave app that is helpful for researches focused on psychology or the Devolve Me app that lets you find out how you would have looked like as an early human. Students at the OU can also download the OU Anywhere App for iOS and Android devices. With the probably most helpful app installed, you can download ebooks and other printed course materials – making learning on the move that much easier.

Contacting the Open University

If you want to discuss your course options further, you can get in touch with the Open University via the following methods:

You might also want to check out the Open University FAQ section.

Free Courses and Open University Discounts at HotUKDeals

From Chinese to accountancy and from counselling to history, the Open University is your portal to new skills and new qualifications. You’ll find hundreds of discounts for their distance learning degrees along with plenty of free courses at the Open University HotUKDeals listings.