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Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

More or Less - Past episodes

More or Less - Past episodes Copyrighted image Credit: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
Go back in time by exploring past episodes of More or Less, BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics. 

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Credit: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics returns.

When it comes to teaching maths, does East Asia have the answer?

When it comes to teaching maths, does East Asia have the answer? Copyrighted image Credit: Monkeybusinessimages | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A method of teaching maths popular in East Asia has positive results when introduced in the UK, reports John Jerrim.

Reboot Your STEM Career

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Reboot Your STEM Career Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jun 2015
Returning to a STEM career? Not sure where to start? Reboot Your STEM Career is an interactive toolkit to help you get prepared and navigate your...

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs Creative commons image Credit: e-Magine Art under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
As the series draws to a close, Tim Harford and the More or Less team are packing in the statistical goodies so that you can go into numerical...

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Strokes, teachers and electoral reform

OU on the BBC: More or Less -  Strokes, teachers and electoral reform Copyrighted image Credit: Brett Critchley | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Tim Harford investigates strokes, the plight of new teachers, overhauling the electoral system and how computers struggle with big numbers as much...

Opinion polls in a nutshell

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Opinion polls in a nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Have opinion polls got you baffled? Fear not - Professor Kevin McConway explains opinion polls in these short videos. 

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image Credit: yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

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Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course, Ratio, proportion and percentages, is...

Squares, roots and powers

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Squares, roots and powers Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Numbers, units and arithmetic

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Numbers, units and arithmetic
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this free course, Numbers,...

Language, notation and formulas

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Language, notation and formulas Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Sep 2014
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about...

Modelling heat transfer

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Modelling heat transfer Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This unit is the fourth in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you will be taken through the whole modelling process...

Developing modelling skills

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Developing modelling skills Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This unit is the third in the series of five units on mathematical modellng. It provides an overview of the processes involved in developing models...

Analysing skid marks

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Analysing skid marks Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This unit is the second in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you are asked to relate the stages of the mathematical...

Modelling displacements and velocities

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Modelling displacements and velocities Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
In this unit you will see first how to convert vectors from geometric form, in terms of a magnitude and direction, to component form, and...

Finding information in mathematics and statistics

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Finding information in mathematics and statistics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in maths and statistics, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

Working mathematically

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Working mathematically Creative commons image Credit: Chris73/Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching mathematics, those who are considering becoming...

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Mathematical Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of mathematics is highly relevant to every aspect of modern society. Its tools...

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to modern life. This degree course will give you a good understanding...

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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...