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The Open University and Children in Scotland learning portal

Updated Wednesday, 13 March 2024

We are delighted to welcome you to this learning portal created in partnership between The Open University (OU) and Children in Scotland.  

This content is associated with The Open University's Open degree qualification.                          

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The portal offers a curated selection of free OU courses that will support and upskill practitioners working with children and young people. The courses on this portal are designed to be accessible and can be completed any time and at your own pace.

The courses have also been chosen to complement Children in Scotland’s eLearning hub and Open Learning Programme, developing combined and comprehensive learning opportunities across a range of topics. 

All the courses on this portal are free. For those looking to undertake further accredited learning with the OU, there are several funded opportunities which may be of interest:

  • Fully-funded microcredentials - microcredentials are 10-12 week courses which are designed to help people gain new skills to advance in their careers. The OU offers fully-funded places on these courses multiple times a year.
  • Part-time fee grant - this funding is available for those looking to study an OU module or qualification. It is available to those living in Scotland and having a personal income of £25,000 a year or less. It fully covers the cost of studying either a qualification or standalone module.

Organisations requiring extra support to help their workforce to achieve its aims and ambitions can also explore Children in Scotland’s commission training which is tailored to the needs of the individual organisation. Click here to find out more.

If you have any questions about studying the courses on this portal, please email the Children in Scotland team:

Below is a range of free courses for you to explore.

Early years and young children

Additional support needs

Working with children and young people

Mental health and wellbeing

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Technology and society


Communication and team working

Career development

Research and education




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