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2019 List of Free Courses @ Open Learn, part of the Open University
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Updated list of free courses at the Open University

Why study a free course on OpenLearn?
Our courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

What are the advantages?

  • OpenLearn free courses are available immediately
    Our courses do not have a start and end date. You can start right away or at a time that suits you.

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    You can spend as long as you like on an OpenLearn course, plus, if you sign up you can track your progress and work towards a statement of participation.

  • There are around 1000 courses to choose from
    The courses always focus on a specific area of learning. Some focus on important and fascinating academic subjects, whilst others help you develop skills needed for study or work.

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    If you're interested in taking an Open University course but are not sure what to study or if distance learning is right for you, then OpenLearn lets you get a feel for what's on offer.


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Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people are more concerned about availability of NUS cards and associated discounts. It would be poor skills if people took a free place just for the NUS card, whilst people who genuinely want to study miss out on a place. (Rant over, steps back and waits for backlash!)
Just what I’ve been looking for.....a free course in “Analysing skid marks””. It’s in the Science, Maths and Technology section if others are interested.
GW6115/10/2018 09:28

Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people …Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people are more concerned about availability of NUS cards and associated discounts. It would be poor skills if people took a free place just for the NUS card, whilst people who genuinely want to study miss out on a place. (Rant over, steps back and waits for backlash!)

They will not get an NUS card by doing any of these courses and even more importantly nobody will miss out on a place as they are all free courses.
Paying OU students can get an ac.uk email and an NUS card. OpenLearn courses are a small selection of courses made available for free to tempt people to move from informal to formal learning.

The free education is worth a lot more than an ac.uk email address or NUS card anyway.
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Can you get an NUS extra card?
Free courses?
Do they do inter?
Iv got onto the website fine , a good few to choose from heat added
Just what I’ve been looking for.....a free course in “Analysing skid marks””. It’s in the Science, Maths and Technology section if others are interested.
Do you get a OU email address?
chamblacha6 m ago

Do you get a OU email address?


I have the same question
YIMan15th Oct 2018

Just what I’ve been looking for.....a free course in “Analysing skid mar …Just what I’ve been looking for.....a free course in “Analysing skid marks””. It’s in the Science, Maths and Technology section if others are interested.


I'm too tyred for this kind of joke. Makes me screech.
Edited by: "FunkiestMonkey" 4th Feb
r401caw15/10/2018 07:38

Can you get an NUS extra card?


You can get one anyway
Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people are more concerned about availability of NUS cards and associated discounts. It would be poor skills if people took a free place just for the NUS card, whilst people who genuinely want to study miss out on a place. (Rant over, steps back and waits for backlash!)
Great post, thanks OP very interesting.
Do they do English GCSE?
GW6115/10/2018 09:28

Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people …Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people are more concerned about availability of NUS cards and associated discounts. It would be poor skills if people took a free place just for the NUS card, whilst people who genuinely want to study miss out on a place. (Rant over, steps back and waits for backlash!)

They will not get an NUS card by doing any of these courses and even more importantly nobody will miss out on a place as they are all free courses.
thomasleep4 m ago

They will not get an NUS card by doing any of these courses and even more …They will not get an NUS card by doing any of these courses and even more importantly nobody will miss out on a place as they are all free courses.


Nice to hear, it's all about the intent though.
The Open University is a great institution, the courses are really up to date and as good as any mainstream university course. They also meet the needs of those who may not be able to study full time. Thumbs up to them for this initiative.
Really we all want to know can we get an ac.uk email signing up to this.
skiingmary15/10/2018 10:17

The Open University is a great institution, the courses are really up to …The Open University is a great institution, the courses are really up to date and as good as any mainstream university course. They also meet the needs of those who may not be able to study full time. Thumbs up to them for this initiative.


Mate you never know. If people don’t do the NUS hack.
The courses will be under subscribed and might get axed

Also I don’t know many people who have the time and energy to work 1 or 2 jobs and receive a free education.

Sounds like a 1st world problem. Reality check over :-p
prash_2k15/10/2018 10:21

Mate you never know. If people don’t do the NUS hack. The courses will be u …Mate you never know. If people don’t do the NUS hack. The courses will be under subscribed and might get axedAlso I don’t know many people who have the time and energy to work 1 or 2 jobs and receive a free education. Sounds like a 1st world problem. Reality check over :-p


NUS now don’t take applications from online universities anyway so no hacks today! I think people are getting these things twisted. What does it matter what people use this deal for? You would happily cheat a VPN service if they offered a glitched code for a lifetime free VPN instead of 2 weeks OR you wouldn’t call someone over to re-weigh your bunch of bananas at the till that went through at 2p. Enough of the high and mighty and just live. We’ve only got until 2040 anyway!
Cheers OP!
Heat added, Thanks thomasleep.
Edited by: "DoNOTPayRetail" 15th Oct 2018
cossy33 h, 27 m ago

You can get one anyway


Not anymore you can't. NUS has changed to Totum and it seems to ran just like UniDays. I'm trying to find a way around it, but as yet I cannot find one. I'm a genuine student, but my course provider has been reclassified by Totum as a trainer rather than a course provider so I'm not eligible hence me needing a workaround.
Paying OU students can get an ac.uk email and an NUS card. OpenLearn courses are a small selection of courses made available for free to tempt people to move from informal to formal learning.

The free education is worth a lot more than an ac.uk email address or NUS card anyway.
Anyone signed up to student amazon prime with enrolling on to this course? Understand you need a ac.uk email but if you don't have one supporting documents may work. ? Not sure anyone had luck on this.
I'm paying £17k to do my course and I haven't even been issued my ac.uk email yet wouldn't count on getting on from openlearn.
GW614 h, 16 m ago

Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people …Amazed that a genuine offer for free education is available, but people are more concerned about availability of NUS cards and associated discounts. It would be poor skills if people took a free place just for the NUS card, whilst people who genuinely want to study miss out on a place. (Rant over, steps back and waits for backlash!)


they're coming
Good shout
stockdam15th Oct 2018

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It's not been a Good Year...
Brilliant. Thanks OP. Awesome post Sir.
Nayno15/10/2018 13:24

Anyone signed up to student amazon prime with enrolling on to this course? …Anyone signed up to student amazon prime with enrolling on to this course? Understand you need a ac.uk email but if you don't have one supporting documents may work. ? Not sure anyone had luck on this.



You dont need a .ac email for amazon prime. You can do it with NUS/Totum card. Just email them a scan of the card and you get student prime £40 a year
furiousjammin15/10/2018 15:46

You dont need a .ac email for amazon prime. You can do it with NUS/Totum …You dont need a .ac email for amazon prime. You can do it with NUS/Totum card. Just email them a scan of the card and you get student prime £40 a year


That's the issue. Getting a totum card is another ball ache to verify your a student. How you get around that.
Nayno15/10/2018 16:01

That's the issue. Getting a totum card is another ball ache to verify your …That's the issue. Getting a totum card is another ball ache to verify your a student. How you get around that.


See my comment above - I can't. It's proving impossible. And I'm a genuine student!
Thanks. I have got a few hours free at work (around 30 each week) and need something to keep me busy besides Netflix.
turnandshoot15/10/2018 10:32

NUS now don’t take applications from online universities anyway so no h …NUS now don’t take applications from online universities anyway so no hacks today! I think people are getting these things twisted. What does it matter what people use this deal for? You would happily cheat a VPN service if they offered a glitched code for a lifetime free VPN instead of 2 weeks OR you wouldn’t call someone over to re-weigh your bunch of bananas at the till that went through at 2p. Enough of the high and mighty and just live. We’ve only got until 2040 anyway!


Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Out of interest, what happens at 2040?.
amour3k15/10/2018 16:28

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.Out of interest, what happens at 2040?.


I heard something about Polar bears sliding down from the top of the earth because of melty ice and eating everyone... could be wrong. We’ll have to see
furiousjammin43 m ago

You dont need a .ac email for amazon prime. You can do it with NUS/Totum …You dont need a .ac email for amazon prime. You can do it with NUS/Totum card. Just email them a scan of the card and you get student prime £40 a year


What the hell is a Totum card?, never heard of it, lol, thanx.
turnandshoot15/10/2018 16:29

I heard something about Polar bears sliding down from the top of the earth …I heard something about Polar bears sliding down from the top of the earth because of melty ice and eating everyone... could be wrong. We’ll have to see


Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, that ...

The whole Global warming debacle?.

Yeh, most unfortunate to be honest. :-(
amour3k1 m ago

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, that ...The whole Global warming debacle?.Yeh, most …Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, that ...The whole Global warming debacle?.Yeh, most unfortunate to be honest. :-(


Certainly is!
666FU15/10/2018 16:28

Thanks. I have got a few hours free at work (around 30 each week) and need …Thanks. I have got a few hours free at work (around 30 each week) and need something to keep me busy besides Netflix.


WOW!!, you were able to squeeeeeeeze NETFLIX into your 30 minute 'sessions'?.

I remember doing one Weekend (a few Month's back), I thought to myself, let me watch an Episode or two of the then new Troll Hunter on NETFLIX with my friend's kids. :-)

Let's just say 5 Episodes later I was still there. :-D

Kid's, Parent's, etc, alllllllll sleeping harrrrrrd around me ... hahahahahahaha.

And at some point around that fifth Episode I got the nod's myself, and crashed out where I was until the following Day, :-)

In the end basically, it pretty much turned out to be more for me, than for them.

So, IF you're currently able to 'manage' just your '30 Minute window', and 30 Minutes alone, then ... (more prop's to you I say?, hehehehe). :-)
Edited by: "amour3k" 15th Oct 2018
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