The Open University Scotland Info

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The Open University Scotland Info

The Open University Scotland, The Open University in Scotland is the leading provider of part-time higher education in Scotland. We are the most popular choice of university in Scotland for flexible, part-time study: Open University students comprise over half of all part-time undergraduates. Our ethos is about making higher education accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

Facts and figures

The Open University in Scotland has 15,000 students from Shetland to Stranraer, who are supported by around 450 tutors across the country. Over 120 academic, academic-related and support staff are based at our Edinburgh office.

Strategy and External Affairs

We work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, politicians and key external organisations in Scotland on a range of issues relating to part-time study and student support, to ensure higher education policy takes into account the needs and interests of our learners.

Our story

We are one of Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions. At our core, we are open to people, places, methods and ideas. Key OU in Scotland focuses include widening access to higher education, and helping Scotland’s employers to develop and upskill their workforces.


Every year, we help thousands of ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

Find out more about studying with us or browse our full range of courses and qualifications.

Meet our students and alumni

We support students in open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them.

Courses and Qualifications

Prospectus 2016-17

With no entry requirements for most undergraduate courses, The OU really is open to everyone. You can take a standalone module, or register for a wide range of qualifications.


Full details of all courses, and how to request a prospectus, are available at This includes our BA (Hons) Social Work (Scotland) degree, which is particularly popular and relevant to students in Scotland.

Tailored courses and pathways

The Open University offers qualifications specifically developed for Scotland’s workforces, sixth-year students at Scottish schools, and credit transfer pathways for college students which reduce the time needed to do a degree. We also provide a range of resources and support to help get carers into learning, or to resume studies they have put on hold.


Our wide-ranging OU qualifications include certificates and degrees.  You can even mix and match any subjects you like with our Certificate of Higher Education Open, Diploma of Higher Education Open and BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree courses, which are among the most flexible qualifications in the UK.

Contact us

For general enquiries or to contact reception, call +44 (0) 131 226 3851 or email

The Open University in Scotland, Jennie Lee House
10 Drumsheugh Gardens

We are open between 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.
For directions see Visiting our office.