Caring Roles, Learning Lives
The Open University in Scotland recognises the challenges carers can face and offers a range of resources and support to help carers get into learning.
Carers choose to study with The Open University for a variety of reasons: some carers want to build on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained while caring, some want to resume studies that had to be put on hold, and others are looking for something completely different to their caring role. The OU allows students the flexibility to fit studying around their caring commitments.
If you are a carer The Open University in Scotland can offer:
- Caring Counts – a free, online reflection and planning course for carers.
- Caring Counts in the Workplace – a free course for managers supporting carers in employment.
- OpenLearn – the home of The OU’s free online resources, including Foundations for Self-Directed Support in Scotland, Living with Disability and Designing space for dementia care.
- Open Pathways to Higher Education – a free guide to help learners navigate their journeys from informal OU learning and on to formal study if they wish.
- Access modules are for those with not much experience of previous study, to help build confidence before moving on to degree level. There are three modules to choose from: People, work and society; Science, maths and technology; and Arts and languages.
- Hundreds of courses and qualifications.
Study for free
We provide guidance on funding, including the Part-Time Fee Grant which allows anyone with personal income of up to £25,000 a year to study for free.
Before my son was born I had been a Registered Mental Health Nurse and I began to research how to renew my registration. I wouldn't have had the courage to do that before I did the Open University course. I began to believe in 'me' again.
A Return to Practice nursing course at university soon followed. Katrina said: "As to the future, I have passed my course and I have completed an application form for a post as a staff nurse in the local hospital. Sometimes I feel like pinching myself to see if I am dreaming!"
We work in partnership with carers’ organisations to better understand the needs of carers and ensure that resources to fully support our carer students are developed. We also support Carers Trust Scotland’s Going Higher project, which encourages young adult carers to access higher education.
For more information contact Learning Partnerships Officer Gill Ryan.