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Ever Wondered About... Pizza?

Ever Wondered About... Pizza? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Feb 2016
Delve into the history and science of pizza - you know you want to! 

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

Ever Wondered About... Pancakes?

Ever Wondered About... Pancakes? Copyrighted image Copyright: Subbotina | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2016
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) take a look at the science and history of the pancake.

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed?

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed? Creative commons image Voo De Mar under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2016
Sport is awash in data - so you'd assume it'd be easy to tell if a game has been rigged on the whim of a shady gambling syndicate. It's not that...

David Bowie faces the last taboo

David Bowie faces the last taboo Creative commons image NYCArthur under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
David Bowie's later work showed him taking on the taboo of death with the vigour he'd used to break barriers of gender and identity, says Elizabeth...

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours?

Why were David Bowie's eyes two different colours? Copyrighted image Copyright: Markwaters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.

Five things you might like to know about Recovery Colleges

Five things you might like to know about Recovery Colleges Copyrighted image Copyright: Chakrapong Worathat | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Dec 2015
What is a Recovery College? When did they start? Dr Jonathan Leach explains in this five point guide. 

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Understanding depression and anxiety

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Understanding depression and anxiety Copyrighted image Copyright: © Bluestone/Science Photo Library
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Sep 2015
In this free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, we consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders –...

Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Understanding narratives in health care

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Feb 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Mar 2014
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

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Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
This free course, Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health, considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives,...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

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 12 Oct 2012
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...

Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

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Issues in complementary and alternative medicine Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 19 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 12 Feb 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 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...