Review: The Open University

“There is no typical OU student. People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons – to update their skills, get a qualification, boost their career, change direction, prove themselves, keep mentally active. The OU is open to them all.”

The Open University’s Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean

The Open University was established by Harold Wilson in 1969 with the goal of widening access to higher education by offering flexible distance learning courses to the public.

Pros

  • You’re never too old to get a degree
  • Costs less
  • Can work and study at the same time
  • Do not need any academic qualifications

Cons

  • Less face-to-face contact with other students and tutors
  • Takes a lot of self-motivation and commitment
  • Do not experience conventional university (getting drunk and missing lectures etc)

Have you tried any other distance learning provider?

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