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Flexibility

Studying with The Open University has always been inherently flexible: it’s one of the reasons why so many people choose to study with us.

If you can't get up for a nine o'clock lecture or tutorial in a conventional face-to-face university - tough luck, you're not going to learn that material. You've got to look at somebody else's notes. With The Open University you study when it's convenient to you, when you're best able to learn.

Professor Hazel Rymer, The OU
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You can, of course, study with us from most places in the world, provided you're proficient in English and have a broadband internet connection.

My career in the RAF is very demanding and leaves little room for free time. The flexibility of the courses I was interested in studying, combined with the support network of tutors The OU offers, mean that, no matter where I was deployed across the globe, as long as I had wifi I could complete my studies with no worries.

James Coulman, MEng, OU graduate

In recent years, we’ve taken flexibility to a new level by combining our experience of distance learning with the very latest technology.

In fact, although we first opened our doors to the world over forty years ago, it seems as though the rest of the world is only just starting to catch up with us!

From downloading course materials on your mobile phone to drafting assignments on your iPad, our studies are more portable, accessible and flexible than ever before.

Don’t just take our word for it: read the success stories of our graduates, and read how current students are engaging with digital technology.

The Open University is a vibrant multi-faceted organisation and you can learn in lots of different ways. It’s interactive, dynamic and very modern, which is why I would recommend the OU as the best choice for people who have commitments. I can’t think of a better way to study. It suits any lifestyle.

Jo Hine, BA English (First Class Honours)

And thanks to our study credits system, you might find that previous work experience or higher-education studies can count towards your Open University qualification.

I began studying with the OU back in the mid-Eighties. I did a couple of foundation courses… Years later when I resumed my studies this counted towards me doing an Open Degree. That's flexible!

Mark Mallalieu, BA Open degree

Flexibility is part of our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. And we deliver it.

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