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Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

All in the Mind - Summer 2016

All in the Mind - Summer 2016 Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 25 Apr 2016
Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs?

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs? Creative commons image Portismedia under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
Do the people who claim to be the first of a new human/machine hybrid genuinely represent a new way of living - or are they wrong? Frieda Klotz...

What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors?

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What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors? Creative commons image Santeri Viinamäki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Transgender people are now able to compete at the Olympics - but there are some who worry this might create opportunities for cheating. ...

OpenLearn Live: 18th March 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Man against horse, and how nanotechnology might help prevent AIDs. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 17th March 2016

OpenLearn Live: 17th March 2016 Creative commons image Richard Matthews under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
The men who make up football results. Then more free learning through the day.

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

The science behind wheeled sports

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

Exploring family health

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This free...

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...