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Get your free Matrix of Modern Life poster

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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...

BBC Inside Science

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BBC Inside Science Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2015
Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

OpenLearn Live: 30th October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 30th October 2015 Creative commons image Shadowgate under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2015
Are the streets beneath the streets of Edinburgh haunted? How can you be a savvy investor? The value of sleep... And then more free learning...

OpenLearn Live: 29th October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 29th October 2015 Creative commons image Jason Pratt under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Was the engineer Vic Tandy being menaced by a spook? Why does the history of science skip over women so often? Then more free learning through...

Separate coloured ink with this experiment

Separate coloured ink with this experiment
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Oct 2015
Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this chromatography experiment.

Colour: The Spectrum of Science

Colour: The Spectrum of Science Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 28 Oct 2015
Go beyond the rainbow in this OU/BBC series that delves into colour, how it works and how it has written the story of our planet. 

Oliver Sacks: "Romantic, in the sense of the romantic poets"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
For Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks, the more Sacks wrote, the more we were inspired - and the more we knew of the man himself

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

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

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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 Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Jul 2012
Downs 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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 13 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 13 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 13 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 Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 13 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 13 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 13 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...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Paramedic Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....