The Open University

If your degree programme is validated by The Open University, your primary relationship is with University Centre Somerset. That means you have access to our extensive resources, including the Higher Education library with its collections of printed and electronic resources, including books, e-books, online research databases, journals and referencing tools.

You also have round-the-clock access to the College’s Student Portal, the VLE, containing course information and additional learning resources. When you enrol, you are automatically a member of University Centre Somerset Students’ Union and if you wish, you can join the National Union of Students.

In addition to the facilities provided at University Centre Somerset, The Open University offers a range of free online resources to our students, which are listed in the Students’ Guide to Studying on a programme validated by The Open University. The guide, along with further information about the OU, can be found at