Working and learning, including to university level

The Open University - distance learning

The Open University offers a different way to work towards a degree - through distance learning: where you can study in your own time, often alongide a job or child care.

For full details on the wide range of courses on offer visit the 18 to 24 website.

More about the Open University

An Open University degree combines flexibility, high quality and value for money.

Most OU students study part-time which allows them to study alongside work, earn a regular income and build towards a highly respected degree. 

There are many other benefits in choosing to study with The Open University:

  • You don’t need any formal qualifications to study for most qualifications
  • You could get a government student loan and pay nothing up front with up to 4 years' payment free, if you are learning for 25% or more of a full time course. You would only start repaying your loan when you earn over £21,000 per year
  • The OU offers a huge choice of named and combined degrees which will enable you to mix modules from different subjects to suit your career needs or personal preferences
  • The OU uses a blend of high quality teaching material supported by guidance and advice from a tutor, face-to-face, group tutorials, etc.

Financing an Open University course

The cost of full time OU study (120 credits) works out at £5400 per year*.

This is equivalent to a year’s full-time study at traditional universities.

However, most OU students study 60 credits or less each year, over six years.

You pay for each module separately – you don’t pay for a whole qualification upfront.

  • Modules cost £1,432 (30 credits) or £2,864 (60 credits).*

* 2016/17 prices; fees normally increase annually in line with inflation.

For more information on OU fees and funding support.

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