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The OU in Scotland

Delivering life-changing opportunities

The Open University in Scotland

We provide supported distance learning to over 21,000 students in Scotland, widening access to higher education. 

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Find a course

Discover our wide range of degrees, qualifications, short courses and skills-based training.

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Fees and funding

If you live in Scotland, with an annual personal income of £25,000 or less, you may be eligible to study for free with a Part-Time Fee Grant.

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Latest news

A new three-part series The Women Who Changed Modern Scotland will tell the story of women who had a role in shaping Scotland over the last 50 years.

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About the OU in Scotland

We are the largest provider of part-time undergraduate higher education in Scotland, and are ranked joint first in Scotland for student satisfaction.

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Meet our students and alumni

Our students come from all walks of life. Each have their own unique story to tell, and we’re here to support them along the way.

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Delivering with partners

We work with businesses, organisations, the third sector and communities across Scotland to provide learning and skills.

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Free online learning

A fantastic range of free short courses to suit all interests and abilities. From art to zoology: there's something for you.

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OU study at school

Join our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme to study university-level modules in S6. A fantastic way to bridge the next step after school.


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Supporting sustainability

Discover how we are sharing knowledge and learning to support environmental sustainability.