The partnership continues with the introduction of a BA (Hons) Combined Social Science course.

By the end of the current academic year, the first group of students will graduate from The Open University partnership.

A flexible degree programme, which runs over two years, it offers extensive material and online study resources. In addition, weekly sessions are offered in college to allow students to connect with fellow students and their associate university tutor.

Five HND Social Science students last year became the first in the West of Scotland to benefit from this innovative new way of delivering education.

Associate lecturer and course tutor Andy Sinclair said: “I am delighted to have been appointed course tutor for this the second year. We have a strong cohort this year and I’m sure this time next year we will have our first graduates with an honours degree.

"I am also encouraged by the interest already being shown by our current HNC and HND students and that also bodes well for the future"

Dr Gerry Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology added: ‘The Open University in Scotland is pleased to build on our strong relationship with Ayrshire College and offer this innovative arrangement to support local students meet their learning goals.’ Student Rebecca Brown, entering her second year with The Open University, said: “I am excited to be entering into my second year with the OU in partnership with Ayrshire College.

"My previous year was very successful and I look forward to this year and the completion of my honours degree, which I never thought I could achieve by myself.

"This course is a fantastic opportunity and I hope we encourage others to enrol for this course in future years."

Meanwhile, new student Scott Weir, revealed that the partnership is much more feasible for his lifestyle.

He said: “The thought of studying towards a reputable degree in the Open University at a local college campus on my doorstep became more appealing than travelling all day.

"The Open University also allows me to work greater hours and not require student loans.” Visit for more information.