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Study materials

No one understands how people learn better than The Open University.

We’ve long been recognised for the value of our study materials.

We teach through our own unique method of distance learning, which we call open, supported learning. Because you’ll be learning remotely, the quality of the study materials we send to you are key.


Every time I received a box of course materials I looked in and went "wow"! The sheer quality of what I was looking at inspired me and made me raise my game.

Clive Knight, PG Certificate in Technology Management

Once you’ve enrolled with us, we’ll send you study materials that have been developed, just like our modules, by respected academics.

Our world-leading programme of research into teaching strategies and educational technologies will ensure that our materials are effective and appropriate for your learning.

The quality of our study materials, combined with the tutor support and the range of other support we offer, means you’re placed in the best possible position to excel in your studies.


The range of the materials, and the depth and the quality of the teaching materials, as a general rule, was absolutely first rate… They really were the latest developments in the field.

Gary Wright, BSc (Honours) Open Degree

The unrivalled online access to journals and materials was instrumental to the success of my studies.

Stephen McGann, OU graduate