The Open University (OU) is Scotland's leading provider of part time education in Scotland. Over 70% 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 Specialisms
You can take individual modules or work towards one of the 250 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; Design; Education, Childhood and Youth; Environment and Development; Health and Social Care; Health and Wellbeing; Languages; Law; Medical Sciences; Nursing and Healthcare Practice; Psychology and Counselling; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; Social Sciences; and Statistics.
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 over 15,000 students all over the country. Almost a quarter of these students live in rural areas. The average student is 27 years old.
More than four in ten 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.
The OU in Scotland is the only Scottish University rated over 90% for student satisfaction every year for the last ten years (National Student Survey 2007-2016).