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More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

What's so exciting about gravitational waves being discovered?

What's so exciting about gravitational waves being discovered? Creative commons image Werner Benger under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Scientists are thrilled by the discovery of gravitational waves, in part because it proves one of Einstein's theories - but also because what it...

How we found gravitational waves

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Martin Hendry, part of the team that discovered gravitational waves, explains how they made their historic discovery.

More confusing terms in statistics

More confusing terms in statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Kevin McConway explains why statisticians use everyday words for not-so-everyday concepts - and how to translate what they really mean.

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Order your free Star Guide

Order your free Star Guide
Introductory level Updated 05 Feb 2016
Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

Get your free Matrix of Modern Life poster

Get your free Matrix of Modern Life poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
A free poster from The Open University that explores the colourful connections between different parts of science, engineering and technology...

The science of chocolate

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The science of chocolate Copyrighted image Copyright: Mikael Damkier | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
With a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data. Learn about some of...

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Creative commons image © Adam Howarth in Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the...

Basic science: understanding numbers

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Basic science: understanding numbers
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Basic science: understanding numbers, explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
In this free course, Moons, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks well cover the physical principles...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
If we don't grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don't, and makes it difficult to identify...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

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 11 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 11 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 Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...