The Open University in Scotland

Viki Soper

Access, Participation and Success Officer
0131 226 3851

The information on this page was last updated on 11 March 2021.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

The Open University is Scotland’s widening access university. You can take a standalone module or register for a qualification, and study at a time and place that suits you. We recognise that care experience can impact on education and our open admissions policy means you don’t need Highers or other entry requirements to study with us.
Our named contact is: Viki Soper
Find out more about the OU Students Association:
All students have access to TogetherAll - a 24/7 support service for mental health and wellbeing:
To find out more about what we do to support care experienced students, have a look at our Corporate Parenting page:

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

The OU offers a Care Experience bursary of £250
If you have lived in Scotland for more than three years, and have a personal income of £25,000 or less, you may be eligible for a Part-Time Fee Grant for undergraduate study. This covers 100% of course fees and is not a loan – you won’t need to pay it back. The three year requirement is waived for students with refugee status or exceptional leave to remain. For more information please visit

Sorry, we don't have information about available courses. Visit their website for more details.