University Campus Oldham announces link with Open University

UCO graduation

University Campus Oldham (UCO) is launching a new partnership with The Open University (OU) to create greater learning opportunities and flexibility for local students.

The OU has approved UCO – Oldham College’s Higher Education provision – to begin offering programmes that will lead to OU-validated awards from Autumn this year.

This new partnership is the latest boost to UCO’s growing reputation as a higher education provider.

The OU partnership starts with the launch of two new courses, a BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Services, and a BA (Hons) Business Management, with pathways in Marketing and Human Resource Management.

UCO already partners with UK universities and industry leaders to deliver a range of courses with excellent teaching at their heart at both Foundation Degree and full Honours Degree level.

UCO’s TEF Silver rating also puts it on a par with some of the best universities and HE providers in England.

Alun Francis, principal and chief executive of Oldham College, said: “We’re extremely proud to announce this partnership between University Campus Oldham and The Open University.”

“It’s fantastic for UCO to be partnering such a respected British institution which is globally recognised as a hallmark of quality and for transforming lives.

“The OU’s flexible education programmes have enabled millions of people to expand their potential by studying whenever and wherever works best for them – something that really fits with UCO’s ethos and approach.”

Dimitris Kontodimopoulos, director, OU validation partnerships, said: “This partnership supports our mission, as it has the potential to drive our values of inclusiveness and widening access and participation further.”

UCO also has a new partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) enabling it to deliver professional courses in leadership and management suited to anyone looking to upskill or develop their career.

UCO opened in 2005 and has been part of the Oldham College family since 2012.