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Download your free 'Our Railways' poster

Download your free 'Our Railways' poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2016
Download your free poster on British railways to accompany the Ou/BBC series 'Full Steam Ahead'.  

Happy birthday Roald Dahl

Happy birthday Roald Dahl
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
September 13th 2016 marks what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling...

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
Roald Dahl: the incredible storyteller loved by millions or a belittling bully? Find out what his character was like in this article.

Disraeli on Munich

Disraeli on Munich Copyright free image Copyright free: W. & D. Downey
Updated 07 Sep 2016
Writing in 1840, Benjamin Disraeli shared his passion for the Bavarian capital.

Swept away: Brighton's Chain Pier collapses during a storm

Swept away: Brighton's Chain Pier collapses during a storm Copyright free image Copyright free: John Constable
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
A winter storm in 1896 battered Brighton's first pier, finishing off the already condemned structure. But newer attractions also took a hammering.

Death on the tracks: A 19th century train crash

Death on the tracks: A 19th century train crash Copyright free image Copyright free: LBSCR
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
An 1853 inquest takes evidence about a fatal train crash at New Cross.

Building the London Underground

Building the London Underground Copyright free image Copyright free: The Illustrated London News
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
In 1853, Parliament gave permission for the world's first underground railway. It promised a short, cheap burst of luxury travel - and to run the...

Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline

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Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline Copyrighted image Copyright:
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 05 Sep 2016
An interactive timeline of the most important events in Scottish political, cultural and economic history.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd September 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The short King who secured the Vatican; Hazel Rymer on Today and the FDA bans antibiotics in soap. Then more free learning across the day.

The Origins of the Idea of the Industrial Revolution

The Origins of the Idea of the Industrial Revolution Creative commons image Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2016
Dr Will Hardy traces the origins of our traditional account of Britain’s “Industrial Revolution”

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

Finding information in Arts and History

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Finding information in Arts and History Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in arts and history, will help you to identify and use information in arts and history, whether for your work...

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Jun 2016
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

Napoleonic paintings

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of...

Introduction to law in Wales

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Introduction to law in Wales
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

Welsh history and its sources

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Welsh history and its sources Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Oct 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Oct 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...