UNISON and Open University



UNISON - Open University free courses


UNISON working in partnership with Open University now offer free online courses for our members.  Please visit


to browse the courses on offer


Why study a free course on OpenLearn?

Our courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

What are the advantages?

  • OpenLearn free courses are available immediately

Our courses do not have a start and end date. You can start right away or at a time that suits you.

  • You can work through at your own pace

You can spend as long as you like on an Open Learn course, plus, if you sign up you can track your progress and work towards a statement of participation.

  • There are around 1000 courses to choose from

The courses always focus on a specific area of learning. Some focus on important and fascinating academic subjects, whilst others help you develop skills needed for study or work.

  • You can try out what's on offer from The Open University

If you're interested in taking an Open University course but are not sure what to study or if distance learning is right for you, then Open Learn lets you get a feel for what's on offer.


Open University Grants

Open University grants are available to our members for 30-60 credit courses.

If you wish to apply for these grants please use web address below for details and application form.



If you require any more information on the OpenLearn courses

please contact me at martin.merritt@southampton.gov.uk

Martin Merritt

Education Officer



Leave your own reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

UNISON Organising Space

Our new social learning site dedicated to connecting and supporting UNISON activists across the country

Find out more