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Build on your college studies with the OU in Scotland

Have you completed your college studies in Scotland* and considering your next move? You could join the 2,000 students currently turning their HNC, HND or SVQ qualifications into a degree with The Open University in Scotland.

We offer world-class distance learning courses to anyone with the desire and drive to shape their future, regardless of age, background, and income.

What is The Open University?

We were founded to make higher education available to all. We mix online learning and group tutorials to create supported open learning degree courses that work for our students. You don’t need to move away, you choose where and when to study.

We offer around 120 qualifications and 600 modules, and are the only Scottish university rated over 90% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for ten years running. Perhaps that’s why 18,000 students, from Shetland to Stranraer, are currently earning their degrees with us.

Find out more about distance learning with the OU and how we can help you build your future  

Why The Open University is the right choice for you

  • Courses that fit around your life - Our courses allow you the flexibility to earn a qualification without giving up on what’s important to you – whether that’s caring or providing for your family, seeing friends or working - in fact over 70% of our students are in full- or part-time work.

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  • We’re open to all - The only qualifications we’re interested in are the ones you leave with. Our open entry policy means that if you don’t have any previous qualifications you can still get started with us.
  • We value what you have - You could already be part way to a qualification. If you’ve studied in the past you may be able to transfer those credits towards an OU qualification, this includes study undertaken as part of your HNC or HND.

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  • We’ll support you all the way - With over 50 years’ experience in distance learning, we’ll ensure that you don’t feel distant - you’ll get regular support from your tutor, other students and your Student Support Team.
  • You could study for free! - Over half of all our students receive financial support. We offer part-time fee grants, flexible payment options, and if you earn less than £25,000 a year you may be able to study for free.

Find out more about how we can support you and help make study affordable  

Want to get started? What are you waiting for?

Find out more about the OU, our courses and how we can help you build your future.


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*If you have studied for an HND/HNC elsewhere in the UK please contact our Credit Transfer Team who can advise you on your individual circumstances.