Open University

The Open University, established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969, is the leading university for flexible, innovative and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. They are uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, and their innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.

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What we are doing together

The OU works with Collab Group colleges to deliver HE (including higher and degree apprenticeships) to employer networks as a progression destination for learners.

The OU offers Collab Group a range of higher education services that support member colleges to deliver more of the education and training needed locally by people of all ages, and by local and national employers.

The OU accredits colleges to deliver their own HE, with the assurance and award of the Open University, with the potential of producing joint programme development projects. The services also include providing professional development for their staff (including degree apprenticeships funded by the levy) and online curriculum and digitisation services to help colleges offer more blended and flexible programmes.

Collab Group supports the OU to promote their fantastic OpenLearn courses which are available free of charge on a diverse range of subjects.


Open University offers a range of services to enable distance learning.


Distance learning

As the only distance learning university in the UK, it gives students the opportunity to study when and where they want at their own pace.


Flexible Payments and Funding

Payments are made for individual modules, as they are being studied, rather than having to pay for the whole qualification upfront.



OU offers a range of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in England and Graduate Apprenticeships in Scotland that are designed around employers’ needs.


Staff Training

Provision of CIPD-accredited training and accredits employers’ in-house training, enabling staff to gain a recognised qualification.

Latest News & Publications


The Devolution of the Adult Education Budget to the GLA

In this report, the impact of the Devolution of the Adult Education Budget to the GLA gets discussed.


2019 Collab Group London Colleges Prospectus

We have released our new Collab Group London Colleges prospectus with key information about our partnership.


Disruptive technology trends in further education

Capita Unit-e blog on disruptive technology in further education


Student at Blackpool and The Fylde College Awarded £5000 Peter Roberts Bursary

Congratulations to Andrew Sproston as the recipient of the award.


College Governance: Opportunities and Challenges

In collaboration with Shakespeare Martineau, this paper discusses the importance of good governance in the FE sector


Making apprenticeships work for all - policy

In this publication, we argue for the need of the right building blocks to make a great apprenticeship system.