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We offer a range of options that allow you to develop your knowledge and skills, whatever your study goal. Not ready to commit to a degree? You could start with a certificate or diploma of higher education. These are respected qualifications in their own right, but they also allow you to gradually build your studies, so if you opt for a degree later, you’re already part way there.

If you want to study with the OU but you’re not quite sure you are ready, an OU Access module is the ideal way to prepare. These modules can help you understand the requirements of online distance learning. Even though these modules are not eligible for ELC funding, you may even be able to study for free. For more information, see Get started with an Access module.

Access module Credits
Arts and humanities 30
Psychology, social science and wellbeing 30
Science, technology and maths 30

As the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible supported learning, we’re renowned for our engaging postgraduate programmes. Because OU study is modular, you build up your qualification as you go. Like stepping-stones, some postgraduate certificates and diplomas allow you to advance from one to the next, eventually leading up to a masters degree.

Cyber Security
Environmental Management
Global Development
Human Resource Management
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
MBA (Technology Management)
Space Science and Technology
Systems Thinking in Practice
Technology Management

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Whatever your study goals, choose from our certificates, diplomas, and masters degrees to get you there.

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The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

Learn to write fiction, poetry, biographies and drama for the stage, radio and film. Or start with being inspired by literature from Shakepeare through to present day writers.

OU Level 1

Discovering the arts and humanities

OU Level 2

Creative writing
Reading and studying literature
Telling stories: the novel and beyond

OU Level 3

Advanced creative writing
English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present

Choose from modules giving you an introduction to marketing as a key business function, or focus on how marketing influences customers, marketing communications or marketing a new enterprise.

OU Level 1

An introduction to business and management
Communication skills for business and management

OU Level 2

Understanding customers

OU Level 3

Marketing in action
Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation

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