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.


  • 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


  • 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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