Open University in Scotland Upskilling Modules

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.

In response to the current economic situation, we are committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals who are in furlough or redundancy situations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Free upskilling modules for individuals in furlough or redundancy situations

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, we’re offering the opportunity to study a fully funded OU module from a choice of subject areas. Studying one of these modules can help advance your career prospects, whether you are considering a career change or want to build on your skillset. Once you’ve started your studies, if your circumstances change for any reason such as you change job, become unemployed or get back into employment, you don’t need to give up your course, you can continue your studies with us.

How to apply

You can only apply for a free upskilling module by completing our expression of interest form. You can find out more about the modules below, but if you apply through the module pages you won't be able to use this scheme.

To apply you'll need to be:

  • 18+ years of age
  • resident in Scotland
  • a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK.
More information on these terms can be found here.

To apply complete this expression of interest form. We have a limited number of fully funded places available. The final deadline for applications is 17:00 on the 24 July 2020.

If you would like further information, please email us.

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What can you study

All modules start on 3 October 2020 and run through to the end of March or June 2021:

Computing and IT

Introduction to computing and information technology (TM111)
This module can help prepare you towards a career in the fast-growing tech sector with skills in computing and information technology (IT), such as digital technologies, programming and networking.

Technologies in practice (TM129)
This module gives you a taster of a career in robotics, networking, and operating systems. Studying these topics will enable you to develop essential skills in the computing and IT industry.


Engineering: origins, methods, context (T192)
The wealth and safety of nations depend upon engineering skills. This module introduces you to key principles of engineering and design engineering, while helping you to improve your study skills and to develop as an independent and reflective learner.


Discovering mathematics (MU123)
This module provides a gentle start to the study of mathematics. It will help you to integrate mathematical ideas into your everyday thinking and build your skills in using and learning mathematics.


Fundamentals of accounting (B124)
This module covers the fundamentals of financial and management accounting as well as the essential skills, knowledge and ethics required to be a professional accountant.

Communication skills for business and management (LB170)
This multi-award winning OU module is for those wishing to enter and succeed in the world of business and management. It will develop your language and skills for communicating effectively.

What's it like to study with The Open University

Since we were founded, we’ve helped more than two million people realise their potential. Our unique approach to learning means you don’t have to put your life on hold. In fact 76% of Open University students fit study around full or part time jobs.

Our modules are delivered through distance learning with the full support of a tutor and access to a dedicated Student Support Team.

Find out more about how studying with the OU works.