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

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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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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
When the sun turns rectangular, and an update on the US Presidential election. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 27th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2016
The straight-edge storm that's like a sideways tornado. Then more free learning across the day.

Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
If you're planning on watching the Transit of Mercury, it's vital to take some basic steps to protect your sight. Here's some advice on how.

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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...

What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

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What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 11 Nov 2015
Do you want to know whats in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the...

The molecular world

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 14 Oct 2015
From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free course, The molecular world, introduces you to the concepts and...

The making of individual differences

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Sep 2015
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Eutrophication

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Aug 2015
Managing eutrophication is a key element in maintaining the earths biodiversity. Eutrophication is a process mostly associated with human activity...

Diabetes care

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
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Earthquakes

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small;...

The oceans

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 20 Jul 2015
The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the properties of the...

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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 09 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 09 Feb 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

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 09 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 09 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 09 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 09 Feb 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

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 09 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 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 in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...