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All courses in Combined Studies

Explore all the undergraduate qualifications we offer, from certificates through to diplomas and degrees, in combined studies.

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Honours Degrees (2)

  1. BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree
  2. BSc (Honours) Combined STEM

Diplomas of Higher Education (2)

  1. Diploma of Higher Education Open
  2. Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies

Foundation Degrees (1)

The same level as a Diploma of Higher Education, often with a more practical focus. If you live or work in Scotland, we usually offer an equivalent Diploma of Higher Education.

  1. Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

Certificates of Higher Education (1)

  1. Certificate of Higher Education Open

Combined Studies modules

OU level 1

  1. An introduction to business and management
  2. Fundamentals of accounting
  3. You and your money
  4. Introducing the social sciences
  5. Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
  6. Learning and teaching in the primary years
  7. Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning
  8. Young children's play and creativity
  9. Introduction to sport and fitness
  10. Introducing health and social care
  11. Introducing English language studies
  12. Introduction to French studies (beginners)
  13. Introduction to German studies (beginners)
  14. Introduction to Spanish studies (beginners)
  15. French studies 1 (intermediate)
  16. German studies 1 (intermediate)
  17. Spanish studies 1 (intermediate)
  18. Exploring languages and cultures
  19. English for academic purposes online
  20. Communication skills for business and management
  21. Introducing statistics
  22. Essential mathematics 1
  23. Discovering mathematics
  24. Questions in science
  25. Science and health: an evidence-based approach
  26. Engineering: origins, methods, context
  27. Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production
  28. Introduction to computing and information technology 1
  29. Introduction to computing and information technology 2
  30. Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century
  31. Environment: journeys through a changing world
  32. Making your learning count
  33. Wellbeing across the lifecourse
  34. Essential mathematics 2
  35. Physics and space
  36. Technologies in practice

OU level 2

  1. Creative writing
  2. Exploring philosophy
  3. Early modern Europe: society and culture c.1500-1780
  4. The British Isles and the modern world, 1789–1914
  5. Exploring art and visual culture
  6. Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences
  7. Exploring the classical world
  8. Reading and studying literature
  9. Music, sound and technology
  10. Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome
  11. Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship
  12. Shaping business opportunities
  13. Developing leadership
  14. Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary
  15. Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world
  16. Environment and society
  17. Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
  18. Developing subject knowledge for the primary years
  19. Psychology of childhood and youth
  20. Mental health and community
  21. Making a difference: working with children and young people
  22. Pure mathematics
  23. Analysing data
  24. Practical modern statistics
  25. Object-oriented Java programming
  26. Algorithms, data structures and computability
  27. Mathematical methods, models and modelling
  28. Mathematical methods
  29. Environmental science
  30. Earth science
  31. Chemistry: essential concepts
  32. Physics: from classical to quantum
  33. Planetary science and the search for life
  34. The biology of survival
  35. Human biology
  36. Electronics: sensing, logic and actuation
  37. Energy and sustainability
  38. Design essentials
  39. Design for engineers
  40. International development: making sense of a changing world
  41. Web technologies
  42. Public law and criminal law

OU level 3

  1. Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity
  2. The making of Welsh history
  3. Why is religion controversial?
  4. Key questions in philosophy
  5. English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
  6. Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present
  7. The Roman empire
  8. Central questions in the study of music
  9. Art and its global histories
  10. Advanced creative writing
  11. Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation
  12. Doing economics: people, markets and policy
  13. International relations: continuity and change in global politics
  14. Advancing social psychology
  15. Language and creativity
  16. Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise
  17. Language, literature and childhood
  18. Issues in research with children and young people
  19. Approaches to mental health
  20. Further pure mathematics
  21. Complex analysis
  22. Applications of probability
  23. Mathematical statistics
  24. Mathematical thinking in schools
  25. Deterministic and stochastic dynamics
  26. Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics
  27. Earth processes
  28. Chemistry: further concepts and applications
  29. Biological science: from genes to species
  30. Evaluating contemporary science
  31. Terrestrial ecosystems
  32. Signals and perception: the science of the senses
  33. Environment: responding to change
  34. Infectious disease and public health
  35. Science project course: environmental science practical project
  36. Science project course: geosciences
  37. Renewable energy
  38. Innovation: designing for change
  39. Environmental management 2
  40. Data management and analysis
  41. Web, mobile and cloud technologies
  42. IT systems: planning for success
  43. Software engineering
  44. Communications technology
  45. Interaction design and the user experience
  46. Law, society and culture
  47. Exploring legal boundaries

Access modules

  1. Arts and languages Access module
  2. Arts and languages Access module: fast track
  3. Psychology, social science and wellbeing Access module
  4. Science, technology and maths Access module
  5. Science, technology and maths Access module: fast track

Short courses

  1. AI matters