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

OU level 2

  1. Algorithms, data structures and computability
  2. Analysing data
  3. Astronomy
  4. Brain, mind and mental health
  5. Cell and molecular biology
  6. Change, strategy and projects at work
  7. Chemistry in life: food, water and medicines
  8. Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1
  9. Communication and information technologies
  10. Concepts in chemistry
  11. Core engineering A
  12. Core engineering B
  13. Design essentials
  14. Design for engineers
  15. Earth science
  16. Electronics: sensing, logic and actuation
  17. Energy and sustainability
  18. Environmental management: systems and sustainability
  19. Environmental science
  20. Human biology
  21. Infection, immunity and public health
  22. Investigating human health and disease
  23. Investigative approaches in biology and chemistry
  24. Managing IT: the why, the what and the how
  25. Mathematical methods
  26. Mathematical methods, models and modelling
  27. Mechanical engineering: heat and flow
  28. Object-oriented Java programming
  29. Physics: from classical to quantum
  30. Planetary science and the search for life
  31. Practical modern statistics
  32. Pure mathematics
  33. Remote experiments in physics and space
  34. The biology of survival
  35. Web technologies
  36. Creative writing
  37. Early modern Europe: society and culture c.1500-1780
  38. The British Isles and the modern world, 1789–1914
  39. Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences
  40. Exploring the classical world
  41. Music, sound and technology
  42. Art and life before 1800
  43. Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome
  44. Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship
  45. Shaping business opportunities
  46. Developing leadership
  47. Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary
  48. Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world
  49. Environment and society
  50. Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
  51. Developing subject knowledge for the primary years
  52. Psychology of childhood and youth
  53. Making a difference: working with children and young people

OU level 3

  1. Applications of probability
  2. Applied statistical modelling
  3. Astrophysics of stars and exoplanets
  4. Biological science: from genes to species
  5. Chemistry: further concepts and applications
  6. Cisco networking (CCNA) part 2
  7. Communications technology
  8. Complex analysis
  9. Computational applied mathematics
  10. Cosmology and the distant Universe
  11. Data management and analysis
  12. Deterministic and stochastic dynamics
  13. Earth processes
  14. Electromagnetism
  15. Electronics: signal processing, control and communications
  16. Environment: responding to change
  17. Environmental management 2
  18. Evaluating contemporary science
  19. Further pure mathematics
  20. Geology and sustainability
  21. Graphs, games and designs
  22. Infectious disease and public health
  23. Innovation: designing for change
  24. Interaction design and the user experience
  25. IT systems: planning for success
  26. Learning and doing algebra
  27. Learning and doing geometry
  28. Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics
  29. Mathematical statistics
  30. Mathematical thinking in schools
  31. Mechanical engineering: computer-aided engineering
  32. Nanoscale engineering
  33. Quantum physics: fundamentals and applications
  34. Renewable energy
  35. Science project course: environmental science practical project
  36. Science project course: geosciences
  37. Science project module: biology
  38. Science project module: chemistry
  39. Science project module: health sciences
  40. Signals and perception: the science of the senses
  41. Software engineering
  42. Structural integrity: predicting and assessing performance
  43. Terrestrial ecosystems
  44. Web, mobile and cloud technologies
  45. Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity
  46. The making of Welsh history
  47. Why is religion controversial?
  48. Key questions in philosophy
  49. English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
  50. Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present
  51. The Roman empire
  52. Central questions in the study of music
  53. Art and its global histories
  54. Advanced creative writing
  55. Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation
  56. Doing economics: people, markets and policy
  57. International relations: continuity and change in global politics
  58. Advancing social psychology
  59. Language and creativity
  60. Language, literature and childhood
  61. Approaches to mental health
  62. Law, society and culture
  63. 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. An introduction to artificial intelligence
  2. Creating sound for video