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COVID-19: We’re aware that some care experienced students may not have family support networks and may be in need of additional support during the coronavirus lockdown.

This is the latest information sent to OU in Scotland students with care experience.

Stat graphic - 165 OU students in Scotland are care experiencedThe Open University is a positive choice if you have care experience and are interested in higher education.

We recognise that care experience can impact on education. Our open admissions policy means you don’t need formal qualifications to study with us at undergraduate level. 

We take our responsibilities as a corporate parent seriously. To find out more about what we do to support care leavers and care experienced students, have a look at our Corporate Parenting Plan.

We are always keen to hear from our care experienced students and those who are interested in studying with us about how we can improve their learning experience with us.

As we are a distance learning university, we offer a different kind of university experience. You don’t need to move away to study, and you can study at a time and a pace that works for you.

You can choose to study for a degree, diploma or certificate, or take a stand-alone module. We provide supported, personalised open learning.

Stat graphic - 68% of our students receive a Part-Time Fee Grant
Stat graphic - 18% of new undergraduates join without standard university entrance qualifications


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More information

Find out more about:

Updating your student profile

If you have registered for OU study, to ensure you receive information about funding and support for care experienced students, please tell us that you have care experience by updating your OU student profile as follows:
  • Go to StudentHome – Profile (on left hand side of webpage) – Update personal details – About you – Identity, needs and circumstances – Edit details.  
  • Scroll up to the question headed ‘Care Leaver’. There are four options: I have never been in care / I was in care in Scotland for a time (up to the age of 18) / I have been in care in the rest of the UK / I do not wish to declare. 
  • Choose one and click the Submit tab at the bottom of the screen to update your record.  

Stay informed

Information sent to our care experienced students includes our latest e-newsletter. You will automatically receive this if you have declared your care experience in your student profile.

Previous e-newsletters:

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Contact us

Our named contact for people with care experience is Viki. Email the OU Scotland Cares team and we will be happy to help you.

Viki, a named contact for people with care experience

Read the latest e-newsletter sent to our care experienced students.