The European Commission has cleared the way for the BBC to launch a "digital curriculum" for schools.
The BBC's service will provide interactive learning materials via the internet to support the school curriculum across the UK.
The Digital Curriculum will launch in 2006, with the BBC spending £150 million on this public service over five years.
The service will be free and accessible to all pupils, teachers and parents online in the classroom, at home and at venues throughout the community in the UK.
It will contribute to the government's Curriculum Online initiative.
Following the conditions set by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 50% of all content will be commissioned from external producers.
The BBC's plans had been opposed by the Digital Learning Alliance (DLA), a consortium of leading UK educational software manufacturers and book publishers.
The group had argued that the government was allowing the BBC to dominate the market.