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Open University study widens access to higher education

The Open University in Scotland

We are the most popular university in Scotland for flexible, part-time study. Social justice is at our core: our high quality education is accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

Working with our partners, from employers and trade unions, to schools and voluntary sector groups, we can deliver personalised, supported open learning to a wide range of people at every stage of life.

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About us

The Open University in Scotland has 15,765 students from the Shetland Isles to Dumfries and Galloway, who are supported by around 500 tutors across the country. Around 130 academic and other staff are based at our Edinburgh office.

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Courses and qualifications

The OU really is open to everyone: our students live in every Scottish parliamentary constituency and most undergraduate courses have no entry requirements. Students can take a standalone module or register for a wide range of qualifications, and study at a time and place that suits them.

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Meet our students and alumni

We support students in personalised open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them. Read about a variety of OU in Scotland journeys and experiences from some of our learners and alumni.

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Strategy and policy

We work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, politicians and key external organisations in Scotland on a range of issues relating to part-time study and student support, to ensure higher education policy takes into account the needs and interests of our learners.

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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours, or if you want to brush up on skills or to learn for leisure. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to explore, including resources on Scotland and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

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Work with us

We work with organisations across Scotland to open up learning opportunities, including employers, unions, charity and voluntary sector groups, sports bodies, universities, colleges and schools. Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) lets S6 students in Scotland study university-level modules.

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Upcoming Events

Mar 20

OU in Scotland at DataFest 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 09:30 to Friday, March 23, 2018 - 15:30

Crowne Plaza, Glasgow and The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

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OU in Scotland at DataFest 2018

The OU in Scotland is delighted to be supporting and participating in DataFest18, a festival of data innovation run by The Data Lab.

2nd March 2018
New software and cyber security Graduate Apprenticeships from The Open University

New software and cyber security Graduate Apprenticeships from The Open University

The Open University will offer Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) in Software Development and Cyber Security, starting in October 2018. 

18th January 2018
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Contact us

For general enquiries / reception,
call +44 (0) 131 226 3851  
email scotland

The Open University in Scotland,
Jennie Lee House
10 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ

Open 08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.

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Explore our qualifications and courses by requesting one of our prospectuses today.

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