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The Election Debate Visualisation Project

The Election Debate Visualisation Project Copyrighted image Credit: EDV Project / Party leader images CC Plaid Cymru / Edinburgh Greens / Scottish Government / Gage Skidmore / Ed Miliband New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback...

The science behind forensics

The science behind forensics Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
"Forensic science is just recent archaeology", says Allan Jamieson, Director of the Forensic Institute, Glasgow, as he explains how the same...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

World Health Day 2015

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World Health Day 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
The theme of this year's World Health Day (7 April) is on food safety. Delve into our free resources about food hygiene, nutrition, globalisation...

The Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse Copyrighted image Credit: Petr Masek | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
On Friday 20 March 2015, the whole of the UK will be able to view a partial eclipse of the Sun. 

Safety advice

Safety advice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Follow our safety advice when looking at the sun

Observing at Home

Observing at Home Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Dr. Lucie Green has more safety advice when looking at the sun

British Science Week 2015

British Science Week 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: The British Science Association
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 16 Mar 2015
Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 13th-22nd March 2015!

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses?

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library, London under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
With jokes, with panic, with searches for religious meaning: A collection of contemporary responses to eclipses from 18th Century publications.

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Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Apr 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...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world? Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday...

Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 10 Apr 2015
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Credit: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This unit introduces a number of key themes that explore how...

Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Credit: iStock
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
An introduction to Personal Development Planning and career development planning in the context of developing as a professional engineer. In...

An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

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An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
Experience the study of minerals using a polarising microscope. While the study of minerals can involve electron or ion beam chemical analysis, the...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to modern life. This degree course will give you a good understanding...

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life, and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. They’re...