Our high quality Open University courses can fit around your busy life. Choose when and where is best to study, at a pace that suits you, with our supported distance learning. Most undergraduate courses have no entry requirements - the OU really is open to everyone.
Our courses include:
We offer qualifications specifically developed for Scotland’s workforces, sixth-year students at Scottish schools, and credit transfer pathways for college students which reduce the time needed to do a degree. We have resources and support to help get carers into / back to learning, and for students in secure environments.
Whether you need help with finding the time, an Access module to ease you into university study, support with a disability or need to test your English or computing skills, we can help you reach your goals.
If you’ve already completed some higher education level study at another university - or at a college, such as a Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC/D) - it may be possible to count it towards your Open University qualification through credit transfer.
Over half of all new students in Scotland qualify for financial support, with most of those whose income is £25,000 or less using a Part-Time Fee Grant to cover the cost of their undergraduate module fees in full. Postgraduate loans are available to Scotland-based students for some postgraduate studies.
Our ‘Off to a good start’ video is an example of the support available to new students. It provides some tips for people embarking on OU studies: these include using online forums, contacting your tutor or study advisor, and accessing online study skills resources.
Find out how study choices relate to different careers and employability areas, and why this is important when making decisions both before, and during, your studies.
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British Sign Language (BSL) users can also contact us directly through Contact Scotland BSL's video relay service.
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