QuoteOriginally posted by: albertmillsIs open university supposed to be a good school? I'm not from the UK, I'd never heard of it.I looked at the detailed study plan for BSc (Honours) Computing and IT (http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/q62
) and it didn't seem very rigorous. Is it supposed to be more of a community college level?It is a bit 'different', there are no entry requirements to their degree programs so they have to start at quite a basic level, the level 3 modules are a bit more serious. I can't really comment on computer science but they've got some good maths/physics modules at level 3, the teaching material is of a decent standard. Though unfortunately some of these modules are subject to change thanks to new govt fee regulations meaning current OU students lose the flexibility to do extra level 2 and 3 modules in place of some of the previously optional level 1 courses. They've also merged a few modules and lost some content recently, mathematical logic disappeared, number theory got thrown into a more general 'pure maths' module.I'm not really familiar with 'community college' but there may be some similarities, the OU is distance learning - the courses are self contained with books, DVDs etc.. but students are assigned to tutorial groups too with optional tutorials held at local universities where available or online. For example in London I go to Kings College for my evening tutorials - the tutors at level 3 (at least in the case of mathematics) will often be lecturers from other UK universities, retired lecturers etc.. who work with the OU part time. I've had tutors from Cambridge, East Anglia, UCL etc... I think for Law students the tutors will often be practicing Solicitors and Barristers in addition to academics.Where it perhaps differs to community college is that they also have full time researchers and offer post grad qualifications, they've surprisingly played a part in various space missions - the Beagle 2 mission to Mars was headed by an OU Professor.