The Open University offers high quality education that can fit around work and family life. Study when and where it suits you, at the pace and level you find best. We will support you every step of the way.
We have pioneered distance learning for 50-plus years, supporting over 200,000 students right across Scotland, from Dumfries and Galloway to Shetland, and the Western Isles to Fife. Meet some of our OU community below, and discover more student and alumni stories.
OU graduate Faye is an environment manager at the firm she initially joined as a cleaner, having fitted studies around work.
Alastair's OU studies sparked a new career path: the Physical Science graduate is now an astronomer and Planetarium Manager.
Support for learning assistant Sarah, a primary education studies student, worked in the film industry before relocating to the Outer Hebrides.
Our range of course types includes microcredentials and standalone modules, certificates, diplomas, plus degrees and postgraduate qualifications. If you work for an organisation, we offer graduate apprenticeships. For most courses, the only entry requirement is a desire to learn.
Our students have diverse backgrounds. They can be juggling modules with caring responsibilities, learning in a workplace, or when they travel with their sports team.
We have care experienced students and learners who’ve declared disabilities. Our students might have transferred credit from college study, or be doing an OU qualification while in prison.
Flexible payment and funding options are available: 68% of our students qualify for a grant that covers 100% of undergraduate course fees, enabling them to study for free.
As an OU student you’ll have high quality study materials, an online study portal, a dedicated tutor giving expert advice and regular feedback, student forums, learning events and more.
Studying with the OU, you don't just have the advantages of flexible distance learning, but you will also have access to the UK’s largest student community.
At the age of 56, I have a degree thanks to the OU… I chose the OU because I could study remotely yet still have access to lecturers, fellow students and administration.Michelle Howden,
Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate in Criminology and Psychological Studies