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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 May 2015
Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations....

DNA Profiling

DNA Profiling Copyright free image Credit: Pixabay
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer. 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

What is forensic science? Creative commons image Credit: West Midlands Police under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist

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Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Rough Scientist Jonathan Hare explains what got him into studying science in the first place, from the BBC/OU Rough Science 1 series

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us?

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 06 May 2015
It might sound like something out of a Lassie film - animals warning of imminent disasters. But connecting animals to the cloud could give early...

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science behind the lens

Science behind the lens Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Dec 2014
Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong? 

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Detecting Down’s syndrome in the unborn fetus

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Detecting Down’s syndrome in the unborn fetus Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 20 Jul 2012
Down's syndrome is the condition that is screened for the most in pregnant women because of the increased risk with the increasing age of mothers....

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...