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Build skills for work

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Vital skills for the workplace can be gained from our wide variety of courses and programmes. We also provide free resources. With accessible, flexible Open University study, refresh your existing skills or develop new ones.

Upskilling programmes and resources

You’ll find an overview of what we offer here. This includes:

  • Access to our free OpenLearn courses on Skill Development Scotland’s My World of Work website.
  • A dedicated skills portal for workers facing redundancy. 
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With our microcredentials courses you can gain specialist knowledge and skills to help advance your career, through 10-12 weeks of online study.

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Short courses

From business to technology, and languages to science, upskill through one of our short courses.

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Some of our upskilling opportunities offer fully-funded places. OU students also benefit from a grant scheme, which covers course fees for eligible students.


General enquiries

Email Scotland
Call 0131 226 3851

British Sign Language (BSL) users can also contact us directly through Contact Scotland BSL's video relay service.

Study enquiries

Prospective students:
visit new student enquiries

Current OU students: 
log in to StudentHome for your personalised contact details.

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