Open University in Scotland

The Open University (OU) is Scotland’s leading provider of part time education in Scotland. Over 75% of OU students are in work while they study and many combine both with other commitments. 

Courses are taught by supported open learning:

Courses and students

You can take individual modules or work towards one of over 200 qualifications on offer. These range from certificates and diplomas to degrees and postgraduate awards.

The wide range of subjects includes: 
Arts and Humanities
Business and Management
Computing and IT
Education, Childhood and Youth
Environment and Development
Health and Social Care
Health and Wellbeing
Mathematics and Statistics
Medical Sciences
Nursing and Healthcare Practice
Psychology and Counselling
Social Sciences

The OU in Scotland has a partnership agreement with a number of Scotland’s colleges. The university has the advantage of being able to offer articulation routes for HN students into degrees.

The OU in Scotland has around 17,000 students supported by around 470 associate lecturers. Almost a quarter of these students live in rural areas. The average student is 27 years old. Over half of all part time undergraduate students in Scotland are OU students.

Facilities and Services

OU students have access to an extensive online library 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as support services. Staff are also available for students to contact for support by phone or email. Most of the undergraduate modules require you to attend tutorial groups. These groups consist of around 20 students, and are usually held in colleges and universities across the country.


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