Why study with The Open University?
The Open University offers a range of flexible distance learning, meaning that you can learn in a way that works for you; whether it is at home, at work or on the move.
More people in Scotland choose to study part-time with The Open University than with any other university, with over 15,000 students currently studying.
You can start to study with the Open University from the age of 16, when you have left school or in addition to school studies.
No previous qualifications are necessary for undergraduate degrees at the OU; in fact more than a quarter of OU students in Scotland don’t have standard university level qualifications.
Studying part-time study enables students to earn while they learn, meaning you can save money and also gain the experience in the workplace that puts you ahead of others at traditional university.
Where and how you can study
With a variety of innovative, multi-media learning materials including downloads, DVDs and podcasts, you can study in a flexible way that works for you.
You’ll also get one to one support from your tutor and the OU’s student community – online or by meeting up at tutorials.
What you can study and how much it costs
The Open University offers over 600 courses and around 300 qualifications including undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees. You can build up a qualification one step at a time.
- Subject areas include: Social Sciences,
- Business Studies,
- Health & Social Care,
- Computing and
Students aged 16 or over, earning less than £22,000 may be eligible for an Individual Learner Account (ILA) to help towards OU course fees, and some students also qualify for a free place or a free computer.
On 1 April 2011, ILA500 (for national certificate level qualifications) was replaced with a new Part-Time Fee Grant that will be delivered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Visit the SAAS website to find out more and download an application form for academic year 2011-12.
The £200 grants will remain the responsibility of ILAScotland.
How and when to apply
Applications are made directly to The Open University. The main course start dates are October, November, February and May.
For more information call 0845 300 60 90 / 0131 226 3851 or visit The Open University in Scotland website.