Why Study with The Open University

An introduction to The Open University of Scotland, covering how and where you can learn to costs and how to apply.

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 14,000 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 most undergraduate degrees at the OU; in fact around a quarter of OU students in Scotland don’t have standard university level qualifications.

Studying part-time enables students to earn while they learn, so you can learn while gaining experience in the workplace.

They also have a lot of support for learners with additional support needs - so whether you have a long term health condition, a specific learning disability or a mental health condition, the OU can help you through your studies. 

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 can you study?

The Open University offers over 500 modules and around 300 qualifications including undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees. You can build up a qualification one step at a time.

Subject Areas

  • Arts
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Education
  • Health & Social Care
  • Languages
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

Can I get help with costs?

You can also get some help to pay for some of the costs of studying, like tuition fees, from SAAS.

You can find out more about the available funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). 


Applications are made directly to The Open University. The main course start dates are October and February. For more information call 0300 303 5303, email them or visit The Open University in Scotland website.