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All courses in Combined Studies

Explore all the undergraduate qualifications we offer, from certificates through to diplomas and degrees, in combined studies.

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Honours Degrees (2)

  1. BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree
  2. BSc (Honours) Combined STEM

Diplomas of Higher Education (2)

  1. Diploma of Higher Education Open
  2. Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies

Foundation Degrees (1)

The same level as a Diploma of Higher Education, often with a more practical focus. If you live or work in Scotland, we usually offer an equivalent Diploma of Higher Education.

  1. Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

Certificates of Higher Education (1)

  1. Certificate of Higher Education Open

Combined Studies modules

OU level 1

  1. An introduction to business and management
  2. Fundamentals of accounting
  3. You and your money
  4. Introducing the social sciences
  5. Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
  6. Learning and teaching in the primary years
  7. Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning
  8. Young children's play and creativity
  9. Introduction to sport and fitness
  10. Introducing health and social care
  11. Foundations for social work practice
  12. Introducing English language studies
  13. French studies 1 (intermediate)
  14. German studies 1 (intermediate)
  15. Spanish studies 1 (intermediate)
  16. Exploring languages and cultures
  17. English for academic purposes online
  18. Bon départ: beginners' French
  19. Rundblick: beginners' German
  20. Portales: beginners' Spanish
  21. Communication skills for business and management
  22. Introducing statistics
  23. Essential mathematics 1
  24. Discovering mathematics
  25. Questions in science
  26. Science and health: an evidence-based approach
  27. Engineering: origins, methods, context
  28. Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production
  29. Introduction to computing and information technology 1
  30. Introduction to computing and information technology 2
  31. Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century
  32. Environment: journeys through a changing world
  33. An introduction to law
  34. Law: concepts and perspectives
  35. Making your learning count
  36. Investigating the social world
  37. Investigating psychology 1
  38. Perspectives in health and social care
  39. Essential mathematics 2
  40. Physics and space
  41. Technologies in practice

OU level 2

  1. Creative writing
  2. Exploring philosophy
  3. Early modern Europe: society and culture c.1500-1780
  4. The British Isles and the modern world, 1789–1914
  5. Exploring art and visual culture
  6. Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences
  7. Exploring the classical world
  8. Reading and studying literature
  9. Music, sound and technology
  10. Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome
  11. Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship
  12. Shaping business opportunities
  13. Developing leadership
  14. Running the economy
  15. Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary
  16. Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world
  17. Environment and society
  18. Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
  19. Developing subject knowledge for the primary years
  20. Psychology of childhood and youth
  21. Extending your contribution to healthcare practice
  22. Mental health and community
  23. Making a difference: working with children and young people
  24. Pure mathematics
  25. Analysing data
  26. Practical modern statistics
  27. Object-oriented Java programming
  28. Algorithms, data structures and computability
  29. Mathematical methods, models and modelling
  30. Mathematical methods
  31. Environmental science
  32. Earth science
  33. Chemistry: essential concepts
  34. Physics: from classical to quantum
  35. Planetary science and the search for life
  36. Cell biology
  37. The biology of survival
  38. Human biology
  39. Electronics: sensing, logic and actuation
  40. Energy and sustainability
  41. Design essentials
  42. Design for engineers
  43. Environmental management 1
  44. International development: making sense of a changing world
  45. Web technologies
  46. Contract law and tort law
  47. Public law and criminal law

OU level 3

  1. Empire: 1492–1975
  2. Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity
  3. The making of Welsh history
  4. Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds
  5. Why is religion controversial?
  6. Key questions in philosophy
  7. English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
  8. Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present
  9. The Roman empire
  10. Central questions in the study of music
  11. Art and its global histories
  12. Advanced creative writing
  13. Marketing and society
  14. Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation
  15. Advanced management accounting
  16. Making social worlds
  17. Doing economics: people, markets and policy
  18. International relations: continuity and change in global politics
  19. Advancing social psychology
  20. Language and creativity
  21. Exploring English grammar
  22. Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise
  23. Children's literature
  24. Issues in research with children and young people
  25. Approaches to mental health
  26. Mises au point: advanced French
  27. Variationen: advanced German
  28. A buen puerto: advanced Spanish
  29. Further pure mathematics
  30. Complex analysis
  31. Applications of probability
  32. Linear statistical modelling
  33. Mathematical statistics
  34. Optimization
  35. Mathematical thinking in schools
  36. Developing algebraic thinking
  37. Developing statistical thinking
  38. Deterministic and stochastic dynamics
  39. Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics
  40. Graphs, networks and design
  41. Earth processes
  42. Chemistry: further concepts and applications
  43. Biological science: from genes to species
  44. Evaluating contemporary science
  45. Astrophysics
  46. The relativistic Universe
  47. Terrestrial ecosystems
  48. Signals and perception: the science of the senses
  49. Environment: responding to change
  50. Infectious disease and public health
  51. The quantum world
  52. Electromagnetism
  53. Science project course: environmental science practical project
  54. Science project course: geosciences
  55. Researching biology and health science
  56. Science project course: frontiers in chemistry
  57. Science project course: science in society project
  58. Renewable energy
  59. Innovation: designing for change
  60. Environmental management 2
  61. Data management and analysis
  62. Web, mobile and cloud technologies
  63. IT systems: planning for success
  64. Software engineering
  65. Communications technology
  66. Interaction design and the user experience
  67. Law, society and culture
  68. Exploring legal boundaries

Access modules

  1. Arts and languages Access module
  2. People, work and society Access module
  3. Science, technology and maths Access module