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The Open University in Scotland

The Open University is Scotland's leading provider of part-time higher education.

Wherever you live your location is no barrier to studying with The Open University. What's more, our courses are flexible so you can study at a time and place that suits you.

The OU in Scotland has approximately 16,000 students and 500 tutors across the country, and over 100 support staff in Edinburgh.

  • With no entry requirements for most undergraduate courses, The OU really is open to everyone. You can take a single course to develop a new skill or you can work towards a certificate, diploma or degree.
  • If your personal income is £25,000 a year or less and you plan to study 30 or more credits at undergraduate level you will be entitled to a Part-Time Fee Grant which will cover the cost of your course fees. Find out more with our Ways to Pay information.
  • If you already have a college qualification, such as an HNC or HND, you may be able to transfer credit towards an Open University degree and achieve your qualification in a shorter amount of time.

  • If you live in Scotland, have a personal income of less than £25,000 (or are in receipt of qualifying benefits), have no previous experience of study with The Open University and have not completed a Higher Education qualification above SCQF Level 7, you may be able to study an Access module for free.

Meet us at our next events

If you’re new to the OU why not come and meet us for an informal conversation about courses, study methods and other aspects about learning with the OU?

We run regular events throughout the year in a number of locations. We're also offering taster sessions in Glasgow in January where you can find out more about our Openings access courses, which are perfect for new learners with no previous qualifications or experience of studying.