About the UK Open College

On occasion, we are asked by prospective students about our background and how and where we started. To put things simply, students want to know more about us before they decide whether to select us as their distance learning provider. And who can blame them!

The initial idea of setting up UK Open College was the brainchild of our director Bill Nicholls. After many years of working within an education and in particular the distance learning sector, Bill gained a thorough understanding of exactly what students were looking for when embarking on their home study journey. After years of speaking and dealing directly with distance learning students, it was soon established exactly what it was that students required.

The main three factors were to offer the opportunity to study anywhere, anytime, offer true flexibility and to ensure any offering was affordable to the majority of students. After all, there is no point in providing all of this if it was then unaffordable. These three factors soon became the morals and ethics of the whole company.

Opportunity Flexibility Affordability 

With all this knowledge and information, armed with his findings Bill then set up the UK Open College. Since its incarnation in 2006, the college has gone from strength to strength. With a slow but sure approach, we have built up a fantastic reputation for value and service without compromising on the quality we offer. We have now firmly established ourselves as one of the most respected home study providers in the UK and abroad.

Based in Birmingham in the West Midlands sees us centrally located within the UK to serve students on a national scale. The way home study and distance learning works and with the development of new technologies, students are able to access their courses from anywhere at any time.

Throughout the last few years, our portfolio of courses has steadily grown and developed. Some of the most recognised qualifications from the most respected awarding bodies are available in a variety of subjects. Again quality courses leading to highly recognised qualifications both here in the UK and indeed across the world.

UK Open College is approved and accredited by various organisations and bodies to offer home study qualifications a list of which can be viewed by visiting our qualifications page. Our full contact & company details can also be seen on our contact us page. Hopefully, this gives students a better understanding of who we are and what our aim is, however, if you require further clarification then why not give us a call prior to enrolling? We are happy to help as and where possible.

Have a question about the UK Open College?

You can contact a member of our team from 9.30am to 5pm everyday, either by our Support Telephone: 0121 792 3872 or

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Ismael Gomez 30 Jan 2020

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Online chat with customer services Darren. I was enquiring about the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Award (RQF) teaching assistant course. Darren's patience with me extended to well over thirty minutes as I made query after query and he went back and forth, always patiently and politely to seek solutions to my enquiry, which were found. I cannot praise Darren enough for his perseverance, politeness and service with UK Open College. Let this be a lesson to all those other customer service agents out there (be it training colleges or otherwise) to how service should be provided. Keep it up Darren. I look forward to starting this course!

Jenny Collett 29 Jan 2020

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Have just completed my level 2 teaching assistant course and really enjoyed it. All the staff were very helpful and offered all the support I needed. Would definitely do another course with UK open college.

Sally Worsley 29 Jan 2020

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I’ve just received my certificate Level 2 TA from UK Open College, I found them great to work with, very supportive, always available for questions, tutor outstanding etc highly recommend. I’ve now signed up for level 3 with them.

Chris Lay 12 Dec 2019

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I had a great overall experience with UK Open College. However, it took a while for me to receive my certificates to the point that I had to chase them up. This was sorted eventually and now I have them. But overall, if you want to study from home, I would recommend this organisation! I am one step closer on my childcare journey.

Hannah Amys 3 Dec 2019

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The online assistance was great, easy to access and quick responses. The website had useful information and good examples to look at when unsure. Overall simple to use, straightforward studying that ticks all the boxes.

Sarada Narala 28 Nov 2019

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I have just finished completing the Level 3 Certification in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF). During the course, my tutor changed (First I had Sam and then Kerry); however, that did not affect the level of support I received. Both the tutors I had were great at supporting me and gave valuable feedback to help me improve my skills. In particular, my second tutor, Kerry, had great attention to detail and gave me very detailed and constructive feedback which made me understand the subject in depth. All my assignments were turned around very promptly, and she was always very helpful in case of any clarifications. I would like to thank Kerry for her support, guidance, help and encouragement in completing the course. I am very grateful for all the knowledge I have obtained. Also, I would like to thank Mr.Bill for all the help and support provided whenever I called the Student Support Helpline. I would highly recommend UKOpenCollege to anyone.

Shamid 18 Oct 2019

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I have just completed my Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Qualification with the UK Open College. My online Tutor was extremely helpful and was very detailed when marking my assessments and gave back excellent feedback. I managed to complete my course within just under 5 months and I'm so delighted. the course material provided was very detailed and something that i can keep in the longterm. will definitely recommend UK Open college to everyone and will use them in the future.

Emily Hale 02/12/19

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I really enjoyed learning with the UK Open College, if I need to do another course in the future I will definitely be returning. It made life so much easier for me as I could do it all on my computer, I didn’t have to worry about driving down to the local college or doing an adults course in the evening. Tutors were great and really helpful. Great value for money

Ian Woodward 23 May 2019

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I decided to do something with my time upon being made redundant, I am not one for sitting around doing nothing. The course booklet was excellent, there was enough information in it to put you on the right path for each question. I was able to carry out the work at my own pace which was superb for me as I wasn't out of work for long. One major positive for me were the tutors, I had two in my year long course that were both brilliant. The only negative about the whole thing was writing each question to my fullest but then being told there were word counts for each section which led to me spending a long time cutting large chunks of text out. (this could have been me not realising.) All in all though I would recommend UK open college to people looking to broaden their horizons and who want to try something new.

Maria Cunningham 26 May 2019

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From the very first phone call I was dealt with very professionally, customer service was very friendly. My study books arrived promptly and my contacts with the tutors were responded to within timescales. Once or twice I had difficulty understanding what was required but tutor took the time to explain it to me. Unfortunately my tutor changed towards the end of my course which, although the replacement was friendly too, was a bit of a hiccup in the journey. It would have been improved by having assignment feedback documents that we could download rather than having to type them up from scratch. Also if I knew in advance that evidence in the earlier tasks could be used in the later ones it would have made the work easier and faster - maybe some co-relation in the index folder? Overall I would recommend for value and quality - Thank you UK open college
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