Open University in Scotland


Listen to Earth’s story – from molten origins to the cradle of modern life. Discover how our planet works, from the core to the clouds and beyond. You’ll study Earth science topics, such as volcanoes, mountain building, and our planet’s changing surface environment. Explore processes that link its diverse systems and decipher clues to its extraordinary history. Use your new skills to test theories and address critical problems facing society, such as sustainability and the climate crisis. In addition, you’ll develop practical skills using geological maps and microscopes, and carry out investigations, describing past and present geological phenomena while gathering and analysing data.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to study this degree. Computer and internet access required.

If you’re new to study or to the OU, it is recommended that you start with a course at Level 1.

Progression Routes

Science graduates are well placed to enter a range of both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The study of the sciences develops good analytical and reasoning skills, and you will also have become proficient in using computers. Skills such as these are sought by a wide range of financial, business and public sector employers, so science graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are in demand. Two of the compulsory courses are residential/practical courses which allow you to develop the practical skills required for a job in the environmental science field.

Start Date

October, February




BSc Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length






SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals