Open University

The Open University (OU) has a range of flexible online courses for people who want to extend or update their skills but can't commit to long-term study.

OU short courses can give new skills, knowledge and ideas which can be applied in the work place.

Most take around 30 hours to complete and can be studied at a time and pace to suit each individual.

The courses feature the distinctive strengths of The OU from its years of expertise in work-based learning:

  • The convenience of accessing its clearly presented and sequenced materials, activities and support whenever suits you and wherever you have access to the dedicated website – if you prefer, you can print key materials to work on them offline.
  • The support of an expert learning adviser who can clarify study materials, answer questions and help you relate the course to your specific needs.
  • A work-based activity helping you to connect the course to your individual and organisational context and needs. At the end of the course you send this to the learning adviser, who provides personal feedback.
  • Certification of completion from the OU for those who complete the course. You can use this to demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD) activity to your employer and/or professional body. (N.B. The course does not carry academic credit points.)

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