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Courses and qualifications

With no entry requirements for most undergraduate courses, The OU really is open to everyone. You can take a standalone module, or register for a wide range of qualifications. Find out what it’s like to study with The OU.



Full details of all courses, and how to request a prospectus, are available at This includes our BA (Hons) Social Work (Scotland) degree, which is particularly popular and relevant to students in Scotland.

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Tailored courses and pathways

The Open University offers qualifications specifically developed for Scotland’s workforcessixth-year students at Scottish schools, and credit transfer pathways for college students which reduce the time needed to do a degree. We also provide a range of resources and support to help get carers into learning, or to resume studies they have put on hold. 


Our wide-ranging OU qualifications include certificates and degrees. You can even mix and match any subjects you like with our Certificate of Higher Education Open, Diploma of Higher Education Open and BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree courses, which are among the most flexible qualifications in the UK. If you already have a degree, The OU postgraduate programme could extend your qualifications.

Credit transfer

If you’ve already completed some study at another university, it may be possible to count it towards your Open University qualification through credit transfer.


Over half of all new students in Scotland qualify for financial support, with most of those whose income is £25,000 or less using a Part-Time Fee Grant to cover the cost of their undergraduate module fees in full. Find out about our 2018 funded postgraduate places.

Can I do it?

Whether you need help with finding the time, an Access module to ease you into university study, support with a disability or need to test your English or computing skills, we can help you reach your goals.

Careers and employability

Find out more about different careers and employability by visiting The OU Careers and Employability Service and read about careers' news and events.

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