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Free online learning

We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you develop your skills or discover a new passion. Browse free online courses, videos, podcasts and more.

Everything is free, no matter where you are - all you need is an internet connection.


On OpenLearn Wales you’ll find a selection of free resources that are relevant to Wales and Welsh life. These include online courses, videos, interactive experiences, and articles. If you want to learn through the medium of Welsh, you can also explore OpenLearn Cymru.

OpenLearn is a free learning platform with over 1,000 free courses, interactive content, videos, and games. Everything is free to study, but you will get the most from OpenLearn if you create an account (this is also free). Creating an account will give you full access to a range of features that are not available to guests, such as enrolling on free courses and keeping track of your progress.


Join millions of others who are learning for free with the OU on YouTube. You can find bite-sized videos and in-depth documentaries on a wide range of subjects. Visit our OpenLearn YouTube channel and subscribe to be notified about new videos every week.

The Open University in Wales also has a YouTube playlist where you can find videos about what we’re doing, our events and more.


Search for ‘The Open University’ on your favourite podcast provider or browse our podcast archive.


You can find our extensive range of free eBooks on Google Play, Amazon Kindle or Apple Books – just search for ‘The Open University’.

Open Research Online (ORO)

If you want to dig deeper into a subject with our expert researchers, visit ORO: one of the largest university research collections in the UK, with more than 15,000 research publications available online. Visit ORO to find out more.