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What can I study?

For more details on the Open University's qualifications towards which collaborative credit can count, please see http://www.open.ac.uk/courses

You can study the following subjects in our collaborative schemes (the tables below specify which courses from these institutions are collaborative ones):

Subjects Collaborative Teaching Institution
Counselling Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
Scottish History University of Dundee
Music Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Although many UK universities may teach these subjects, you will qualify for collaborative credit only if you successfully pass modules which are approved as part of our collaborative schemes.

Please note that this website shows all the OU's current approved collaborative modules. If you wish to study a collaborative module, please contact the relevant teaching institution to check whether the particular module will be offered when you wish to study it.

What collaborative modules are offered where?

The list below details the modules offered within the collaborative scheme, showing the OU module codes, CATS points and levels.

All the collaborative modules below can count towards:

  • the OU BA/BSc Open degree, qualification codes BD and QD
  • towards the free choice element of named degrees (not all named degrees allow free choice)
  • some can also count towards particular named degrees as indicated in the tables below


Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)

The following CPCAB courses can count towards the Foundation Degree (X09) and the DipHE (W09) in Counselling:

Module title OU module code Can count towards
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) (previously called the Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling TC-03) awarded 2004 onwards                 CCPP120 X09 and W09
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5) (January 2010 onwards) credit transfer X09 and W09
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5) (September 2005 onwards) credit transfer X09 and W09
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5) (January 2007 - December 2009) credit transfer X09 and W09


University of Dundee

Module title OU module code CATS points OU Level Can count towards

Modern Scottish History: 1707 to 1997

*CDDR301 60 3

Q01* (Broad-based History/Heritage pathways), Q03 (Broad-based Humanities pathway) and R14 (Arts and Humanities pathway)

*All students planning to study this module should read Modern Scottish History 1707 - 1997: guidance for students  carefully, before applying to the University of Dundee.


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

The following courses can count towards the BA Honours Humanities (Q03 and R14):and the BA Honours Music (R25)

Module title OU module code CATS points OU Level Can count towards
The Practice of Music Making **CTLU301 60 3 Q03, R14 and R25

**All students planning to study this module should read The Practice of Music Making: guidance for students carefully, before applying to Trinity Laban.

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How can I find out more about collaborative modules?

Details of individual schemes are available from the appropriate faculty (Dean's Office), university or regional centre (see When can I study? for contact details).

If you have any queries about the schemes in general, or the award of credit for collaborative scheme study, please email the Credit Transfer Centre or write to us at:

Credit Transfer Centre
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA

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