Keep learning with the best Open University courses

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It’s never too late to broaden your knowledge and expand your horizons and Open University offers an excellent way to get back to the books while fitting your learning around your lifestyle.

Whether you’re thinking of a change in career as retirement age looms or you simply want the chance to pursue your interests in an organised way, the Open University is sure to have a course to fulfil your needs. Offering thousands of different courses and qualifications, it’s a fantastic resource for keen learners.

Choosing a course

The Open University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and masters courses that provide you with a recognised qualification, perfect if you have a new job or profession in mind. However, it also offers a wide selection of OpenLearn courses, which are much shorter and don’t offer a degree at the end. Because they are often extracts from a degree programme, they offer a great way of discovering whether you’re ready to undertake a course of study. They are also excellent for simply allowing you to experiment with different subjects. What’s more, there are more than 700 courses you can try for free.

Some of the most popular OpenLearn courses include Start Writing Fiction, a great choice if you’ve always wanted to be able to tell a story but have never been sure where to start. It looks at building character and settings as well as establishing genre. Another very popular option is Starting With Psychology, which looks at a number of different explanations that psychologists put forward in their attempts to understand why people feel, think and behave the way they do. For a more sporting option, you might want to consider having a crack at The Business of Football, an introduction to some of the various elements that shape today’s clubs and the global expansion of the game.

Another top choice is the Introduction to Musical Theory course, which teaches the basic concepts of western music notation and music theory. Participants of this course often continue their learning with Inside Music. Another course that is always popular with learners is Getting Started with Classical Latin. This course is designed to be interesting to students who’ve never had any Latin training before but who would love to find out more about this fascinating language.

The benefits of Open University

If you like the sound of taking your studies further, Open University has a huge variety of degrees to help you grow. Read the university’s own list of benefits to see if there are any topics that leave you feeling inspired and ready to embark on a new learning project.

The Mirror has also put together an interesting article about the benefits of choosing to return to study and the affordability and flexibility of doing it through the Open University. It’s never too late to start learning, whether you’re ready to embark on a degree or you’re looking for a short OpenLearn course, you’re sure to find something inspiring in the Open University’s course list.

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