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BSc (Hons) Combined Social Sciences

The Open University at Dundee and Angus College - please note: application is through Open University only

Dundee and Angus College is working with The Open University in Scotland to offer a part-time route to BSc (Hons) Combined Social Sciences.

This route offers combined access to the largest university in the UK, well known for its quality learning experience, and college study, IT and library facilities.

This collaborative teaching partnership involves the delivery of four OU Social Science modules at SCQF level 8/9 (Year 2 and 3). The OU Hub provides local students and staff with access to tutorials, IT and study facilities.  In addition to on-line support you will have the opportunity to attend weekly tutorials and meet with your tutor at our Gardyne Campus.

Building on your HNC in Social Sciences you can claim credit for your previous study (normally 120 credits for level 1 study) and continue with the following Open University modules to achieve the Honours degree on a part-time basis:

Level 2 study, SCQF 8/9 – 120 credits required

  • Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208)
  • The Uses of Social Science (DD206)

Level 3 study, SCQF 10 – 120 credits required

  • Crime and justice    
  • Making social worlds    
  • Social policy: inequality, wealth, poverty    

Please see the BA (Hons) Combined Social Sciences info. sheet (PDF) to find out more about this study route and studying with the OU, including key dates.

Duration and Attendance
You would be expected to study towards one module (60 credits) per year. Typically a 60 credit module will require 16-18 hours of study per week for the duration of the module.

Entry Requirements
Successful completion of HNC Social Sciences or equivalent which must have at least 120 credits at SCQF Level 7.  (This is equivalent to year 1 of the degree study)

Finance and Costs
If your personal income is £25,000 a year or less, or you’re on certain benefits you can apply once each year for a part-time fee grant to have your module fees paid, for study of 30-120 credits.  You’ll need to allow around three weeks to apply and will need to have completed the application process when the time comes to pay your fees to register on your course. To find out more information about how to apply for a Part-time fee grant, contact SAAS on 0300 300 3137 or visit

Application Process
If you have decided what you want to study, you can go straight to and reserve a place. You will be asked to enter your contact details, what college you are at and what module you wish to study. Completing this form will trigger the registration processes at the OU which students will need to follow as instructed by the OU.

2. APPLY FOR FUNDING & REGISTER: If eligible, you can apply, from June 2016, for the Part-time fee grant by downloading and completing the application form at
Send your 2016/17 Part-time fee grant application form, along with your completed registration agreement and income or benefit evidence, to the OU in Scotland for endorsement as soon as possible.

For further information:
Contact Jane Roscoe on 0300 123 1010 or email