About Go The Distance

Go The Distance is a free ten-week course that gives you a taste of what distance learning is really like – with real students, real tutors, key study and digital literacy skills and lots of help with your English. 

Produced in partnership with The Open University, Go The Distance is primarily aimed at young adult non-native speakers of English, but will be of interest to anyone who is interested in lifelong learning.

Student life

Academic insights

Study and Exam Skills

Academic Writing

Digital Literacy


Finn Aberdein, Pauline Den Hartog, Stewart Hadfield, Harry Jenkinson, Diarmuid Mitchell, Elly Nakajima, Asami Ohkubo, Pete Price

Tim Gibson, Sian Hudson

Academic Writing
Finn Aberdein, Phil Davies, Alex Gooch

Script Editing
Sue Allen, Tim Gibson

Dan O'Brien, Cassandra Routledge, Paul Scott

Mike Harrison

Dave Turbitt

Social Media
Finn Aberdein, Graciela Damiano, Mike Harrison, Dan O'Brien, Paul Scott, Debbie Sheringham

Broadcast and Online Support
Vera Harte

Head of Broadcast and Partnerships for The Open University
Caroline Ogilvie

Academic Consultants for The Open University
David Hann, Angela Lilley, Lin Smith, Anne Wesemann

Broadcast Project Manager for The Open University
Amie Nimmo

OpenLearn Project Producer for The Open University
Georgia Axtell-Powell

BBC Series Editor
Catherine Chapman

BBC Executive Producer
Paul Scott

With thanks to the staff and students of The Open University