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Studying for an Open University certificate offers you the opportunity to study at university level without the commitment of undertaking a diploma or degree course.

Our certificates focus on a particular job or profession, or academic study.

We offer certificates of higher education in computing, health sciences, humanities, natural and social sciences, and teaching, among other subjects.

Under our study credits system, the credits accumulated while studying for a certificate can be used towards other studies with us.

Why study for a certificate with The Open University?

The Open University is the world’s leading distance-learning institution. Students opt to study with us because our courses offer unrivalled flexibility, quality and value.

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In my first course, in Health and Social Care, I could gain a Certificate after the first level, which would be an achievement in itself, and if I wanted to continue I could count the level towards a degree.

Lisa Whenham-Bossy, BSc Psychology
Browse our Certificates of Higher Education and Open University certificates.

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