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The Great British Year

The Great British Year Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 21 Oct 2016
The definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of the country over the course of one year.

The Hunt

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The Hunt Copyrighted image Copyright: Silverback Films
Updated 17 Oct 2016
An award-winning, ground-breaking OU/BBC natural history series The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores the dynamic...

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day Copyrighted image Copyright: Global Handwashing Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Oct 2016
Take a look at the cultural, social and religious implications of washing hands while also learning more about the science of hygiene and...

Biology Week

Biology Week Copyrighted image Copyright: Royal Society of Biology
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Oct 2016
Celebrate all the biosciences during the Royal Society Biology Week, running over nine days from 8th - 16th October. 

Life In Cold Blood

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Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 30 Sep 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Free course: Histology

Free course: Histology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Updated 30 Sep 2016
OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Histology is an...

Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016 Creative commons image Ydam under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2016
A biochemist with a fearsome reputation; how drones are helping ferrets and keeping your workers involved. Free learning from across the day.

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Gene testing

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Gene testing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Aug 2016
This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

Introduction to histopathology

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Introduction to histopathology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jun 2016
This free course provides an introduction to histopathology and outlines how the appearance of different tissues changes due to damage,...

The making of individual differences

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The making of individual differences Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 May 2016
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Hearing

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Hearing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Mar 2016
Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

Pain and Aspirin

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Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain...

Living with diabetes

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Living with diabetes Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Inheritance of characters

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Inheritance of characters Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health. In this free course, Inheritance of characters, you will learn...

Early development

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Early development Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an individual life cycle, examining some of the processes that...

Alcohol and human health

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects...

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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 11 Dec 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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 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 of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
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....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using concepts from biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to explore the...

Practical science: biology and health

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Practical science: biology and health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Study a range of practical activities in biology and health science – from fundamental human and animal behaviour to the vital themes of...

MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science

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MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 12 Oct 2017
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...

MSc project module

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MSc project module Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 12 Oct 2017
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...