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College students

The Open University in Scotland has a hugely successful record of helping people who have studied in college build on their qualifications and go on to study at university level. The information on this page is a sample of our opportunities for college students. Full information can be found on our College Routes website.

From diploma to degree

Do you already have a college qualification, like a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)? We have opportunities to develop your skills even further to improve your job prospects or progress your career. 

You may be able to transfer credit towards an Open University Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and join our 3000-plus students with a college background who are working to achieve their degree qualification in a shorter amount of time. Click here to find out more about the subject areas and qualifications available to you

We have developed specific pathways with 15 colleges across every Scottish region for students who want to build on their college qualifications. Click here to see a map of our partnerships.

Thanks to our flexible approach you can even fit learning around your working or family life. Click here to read about OU-style studies and meet some of our OU students here.

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How to apply

  • To apply for an Open University degree, you don’t have to go through UCAS like most other universities
  • Most of our degree courses begin in October with others commencing in February each year
  • Find out how to apply here

Many of our students benefit from the Part-Time Fee Grant which covers 100 percent of their course fees. For details on fees and funding, click here. 


OU studies on college campuses

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OU Learning Space
Five colleges offer an official Opening University 'Learning Space': Fife College, Dumfries and Galloway College, New College Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire College and West College Scotland. These gives OU students and staff across the Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire areas access within each college to 

  • Library services
  • IT and study facilities
  • Social spaces where OU students can get together
  • Information about OU study


Campus-based model
Graduates from campus-based programmesThe OU has recently introduced a campus-based model with some colleges where OU curriculum can be delivered in collaboration with colleges on campus. Students continue to use the college as their study base and benefit from a supportive peer group and a known tutor for their OU studies.

For many students, being based at their college is the only option available to them to continue studying due to financial or geographical constraints, caring responsibilities, their employment or disability. Enquire at your college if you would like to find out more.

Hear from graduate Rebecca Brown and read about graduate Josh Malcolm, who both achieved honours degrees in Combined Social Sciences from The OU, delivered in partnership with Ayrshire College. Josh is pictured right (third from right) with fellow graduates from Ayrshire, North East Scotland and Fife Colleges, who studied for their degrees on campus-based programmes.

The campus-based programme features in an article on the 'Learner journey' by Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator at The OU in Scotland Joan Thomson, which was published in The Scotsman. You can read the article here.

Contacting us

For more information, visit our Contact Us page.

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