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2018/2019 List of Free Courses @ Open Learn, part of the Open University
Found 15th OctFound 15th Oct
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 ente… Read more
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Okay, because one ignorant individual, in one HR department in whatever organisation you are referring to suggests it's worthless does not mean it's worthless. I am suggesting that the opinion that it is worthless is in itself worthless and incorrect, if you have formed an opinion based on the opinion of one individual in whatever organisation that is also ignorant. Contact the OU and see what they can do for you, do some research online about job prospects after doing an OU degree. One thing you will learn when studying at undergraduate level is to try and form opinion on evidence and support that opinion with facts.


I tried to explain to you, why I have this opinion, it was a wasting of time, it doesn't matter, you may be right, I understand why incompetency are everywhere you go today. I personally know people who worked hard for a diploma, an MBA or a doctorate. They deserve the jobs, and any responsible employer will choose them, despite your opinion.


No they 'loled' at your ignorance and uneducated opinion.


As you can see in this picture, there's a statement of participation. Not to say about the courses which are available for free, all of them are outdated, nothing for which there's a demand on the employability market. These are courses for mums and school leavers. Years ago I've completed a cyber security course with them, got a participation certificate with no mention about the score, photo or anything that could prove my merits for doing this. HR department loled about this when I have put it in my CV. Open University is the same with common sense and a hobby.


George you don't seem to grasp the fact a full undergraduate degree was being talked about , not a certificate of participation. A certificate of participation is still very worthy of being put on a CV, it shows personal development and a willingness to use your own personal time to learn. You appear to have a rather simplistic view of development and employment, something perhaps for you to develop your knowledge of...

Understanding Depression and Anxiety, Free course @ The Open University
Found 15th OctFound 15th Oct
This free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, explores the causes of these mental health issues, with a particular focus on stress. You will consider some risk and causal… Read more
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Thank you, it's a slow process & good & bad days. I have chronic pain too so that plays a big part. Lots of medication seems to question who I really am anymore as my brain chemistry is altered. I seem to have been 'forgotten' by the mental health team as my crisis is over (hopefully) but I will carry on as I have no choice really. Thank you again, it's very kind of you.


I'm glad things are better for you.


Its all relative to your income / circumstances / desires I can't imagine washing my clothes in a bath with a washboard, when you can chuck it into a machine and walk away if those others things (phone/ car) bring you happiness whilst you work to pay your mortgage and pay for your food, then there is value in it sky is stupid expensive though, I'll give you that :)


i can live without cars tv`s labour saving devices. in fact most things. when you need nothing why aspire to work for anything? guys who work and pay £600 a month on car leases and £100 a month on a phone and £60 a month on sky subscription just sounds like utter insanity to me.


Your doing very well. It takes alot of courage to talk about it. Hope it's turned a corner for you. Love your dog and think of it . He would be lost without you. Hoping you the best for the future

Complete List Of FREE Posters+Booklets@ The Open University
Found 8th FebFound 8th Feb
All links are below .Order your free print Posters and booklets from your favourite OU/BBC programmes - download to your PC now, or order physical items where available. You can… Read more
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Great effort, OP! HEAT.


Brilliant. Thanks. I always order these for my son. They're usually very good quality and a nice surprise for him to get something through the post.


Secrets of Our Living Planet: Download your free 'How Nature Works' bookletDownload a free booklet that illustrates the complex connections in four different UK habitats Read now Article Wartime Farm: free bookletHow did a hungry island remain fed during a long, wearying conflict? Download your free Wartime Farm booklet to find out. Read now Article Download your free Things We Forgot To Remember leafletCompare the past we recall, with the past as it was in our free leaflet. Read now Article Download free recipe cardsDownload our free recipe cards Read now Article Help us make OpenLearn work for you: The OpenLearn team are conducting a survey to find out more about how people use our free learning content. If you've got a few minutes to spare, please tell us what you think.


Download your free wild weather posterDownload your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series. Read now Article Download your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' posterDownload your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Human Body: Secrets of your Life Revealed'. Read now Article Level: 1 Introductory World-changing women: Download your free booklet of postcardsDownload your free world-changing women booklet of postcards to accompany the BBC Two series The Ascent of Woman. Read now Article Get your free Frozen Planet posterOur free posters have run out—but you can stilll download a copy, and explore the poles on your computer. Read now Article Order your free Star GuideLearn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide Read now Article


Britain's Great War: Download your free 'The First World War Experienced' bookletFrom casualties to commemoration, explore the realities of war with this free booklet. Read now Article Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Order your free health advice cardsDownload our insightful health and wellbeing advice cards and combat the challenges associated with diet, exercise and more. Read now Article Download your free 'Nine Months That Made You' posterGet your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'. Read now Article

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FREE Open University Courses
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1000’s of FREE online courses ranging from Health, Education, History, Law to Business. If you can imagine it, it’s probably there. Start and finish when you are ready and at your … Read more
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I don’t think it’s possible to get an NUS card


Sorry for bumping an old, old thread but I was wondering if anyone has found a way to get hold of an NUS card since they changed things round and it's now Totum? I tried to renew but it's no longer accepting ecareers - it seems as though they've closed that loophole. Has anyone figured a workaround :/ Feel free to pm me if you'd rather.


Is the certificate for free???


That meant (& I quote from Simplified English for Dummies) = PART A: On the other hand, great way to learn some new exciting subjects - Join one of these free courses or take a paid full course in OU PART B: or to test the waters for a particular subject that you've been thinking of enrolling for in a proper Uni? - If you want to enroll in a physical university for some reason and NOT in OU, then you can take a particular subject on the OU (in one of these free courses) to see if you really like it and it's worth doing a complete course/degree or whatever else you have in mind, in a physical university (which has classes, students, teachers, white board, computers, ceilings etc all present physically in the classroom). Choice is yours. Can we end this discussion here? You win :)


Fair enough. I am aware you need to do paid courses to get an official OU address. Just keep in mind that a lot of universities do 'taster' courses, and your post notes explicitly that these courses might be good for people considering enrolling in a proper uni: "On the other hand, great way to learn some new exciting subjects or to test the waters for a particular subject that you've been thinking of enrolling for in a proper Uni?" No matter which way you slice it, you are excluding the OU from this term.

Free Blue Planet Poster and Game
Found 9th Dec 2017Found 9th Dec 2017
Great quality large Blue Planet poster for children and adults including a free game. Simply complete your details and the item is dispatched within 7 days.
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ank you tiginal poster


Must of become quite popular hence the wait, i ordered mine when it was first mentioned on here last year ( i think back in october) and received it shortly afterwards.Im going to try and order for another young family member. Just to add its a very good quality double sided poster.


i got the poster yesterday :)


Been waiting about 3 months for mine.


Ordered for nephew, cheers :)

Hundreds of new free courses offered by the Open University
Found 7th Nov 2017Found 7th Nov 2017
Open University has just started offering hundreds of new free courses. Similar deal was posted 6 months back with what was on offer back then, this one has list of all courses off… Read more
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​Aske another ... looooooooool.


LMAO - same here ! That should be an intresting read,,,,,,



So, how many of you tried any of the courses & completed them?



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Free Oceans Poster from Open University
Found 16th Oct 2017Found 16th Oct 2017
You can get a free poster from BBC that illustrates the mysteries of oceans with cool graphics. Just follow the link and then click on Order Free Poster button and fill in the fo… Read more
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Got ours, son loves it.


Your welcome, maybe post a picture so everyone can see your freebie 😬


Thanks op, received today


Thanks Op, my son will love this. Looking forward to the series starting now.



Free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster
Found 25th Sep 2017Found 25th Sep 2017
Order your free 'Secrets of the Human Body' poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'The Human Body: Secrets of your Life Revealed' Could be great for Kids or anyone interested in … Read more

Perfect for my boy who’s just staring high school biology. He seems to be more interested in sperm cells at the moment, however!


Ordered for our little lad. Thanks for the post!


Nice one, ordered.


Heat. I didn't order, no interest to me, please don't order just because it is free.


Thanks OP ideal for my grandson

Nearly 1000 FREE courses at The Open University
Found 27th May 2017Found 27th May 2017
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… Read more
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Trying to give you meaningful advice is going to be difficult. You have an edge in that you are clearly literate. What you don't know is how you will take to formal study. Luckily, there are a lot of free level 2 courses out there that can be completed in a few months - and I would suggest this is a good place to start. If you do one of those by supported distance learning and a part time non vocational course cheaply at your local college you will soon work out your learning preferences. As for home computing: You can pick up an ECDL course from somewhere like Groupon cheaply. This is the basic qualification for working out how computer networks are used in offices and industry. The joy of living today is that you can learn anything. The sadness is that without experience it counts for nought


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Useful thread. :-)


Amen to all that ...


You are more deluded than Jeremy himself, although he was honest enough recently to admit this wasn't possible realistically. Wouldn't it be a lovely and amazing world if someone else paid our uni, our mortgages, our train tickets possibly even supermarket shopping.

Student Beans Membership free with OpenLearn Open University Free Course
Found 16th Feb 2017Found 16th Feb 2017
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… Read more

Which course did you select and is it still valid?



I got another 1 year of student beans membership from uploading open learn course screenshot. i used a different email address. if i can get it, you can too!


This MAY be the reason why/the answer to your quandary etc: Enough said ...


I had the exact same email

Free BBC Life Story Poster delivered @ The Open University
Found 30th Jan 2017Found 30th Jan 2017
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
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thanks op


So tell me good Sir, where did you get your degree from?




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

Free online courses from top Universities and specialist organisations from Futurelearn
Found 26th May 2016Found 26th May 2016
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 … Read more

Thanks mosskeeto, I agree


These are still available, seemed worth having a reminder


"" has a very large selection of free online courses too. All ranging from psychology to languages.


Coursea is a great site too. Brilliant courses available. Courses available from around the world.


TQ4 this

Free Online Courses @ Open Learn (the free part of Open University) Hundreds of interesting subjects.
Found 23rd Apr 2016Found 23rd Apr 2016
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 i… Read more

Great Find. Hot :)


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

David Attenborough - The Hunt - Free Poster from The Open University
Found 31st Oct 2015Found 31st Oct 2015
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 int… Read more

Oooohhhh, you cheeky monkey ;)


Heat for the old person..:D


It may take a couple of weeks now, but it should come.


cool! just filled in the form, will see what happens. thanks


Yes, got mine a few weeks ago now :D

'Nine Months That Made You' Free poster
Found 19th Sep 2015Found 19th Sep 2015
Order your free poster on 'Nine Months That Made You' to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You'.
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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.


The Miracle of Childbirth...... You're welcome. ^.^




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

Free 'The Met' poster from Open University/BBC
Found 16th Jun 2015Found 16th Jun 2015
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 arri… Read more

Ordered for my police mad son, thanks




The Met poster! Useful as toilet paper or to line the hamsters cage maybe

The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland: Order your free newspaper poster
Found 14th Mar 2015Found 14th Mar 2015
The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland: Order your free newspaper poster.
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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