I have studied at Manchester university to obtain a Bsc in physics, I have studied with the open university and gained two Msc's science and management. The course material and tutors are on a par with manchester.
The degrees are excellent value for oney and as a direct result of obtaining the degree from the Open university while working I have been given a pay rise and promotion.
I work for a large technology based company, within which the Open university is well respected.
I would recommend anyone with a reasonable amount of intelligency to apply for open university courses. They are simply excellent.
I can not recommend the Open university enough the negatives reviews on this site are probably from students who were failing the courses. The open university is not an easy option it is a regular hard work university
Go on give it a try. But dont expect an easy time , hard work study and determination will get you a degree it will not be handed to you on a plate