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Science Pathway Discussion Hub

Science Pathway Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Science Pathway with Pathways to Success.

Science Tasters

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Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science Green Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Orange Pathway

Science Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Orange Pathway

Science Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Pathway

Science Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying the Science pathway is for you - what next?

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? 

Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus?

Explainer: What happens in the hippocampus? Creative commons image Credit: Professor Laszlo Seress, CC BY-SA
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Oct 2014
Discovering the 'brain's internal GPS' has led a group of scientists to win the Nobel Prize 2014. But what do you need to know about the part of...

Smoking out the tobacco industry

Smoking out the tobacco industry Creative commons image Credit: Jack Greenmaven under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 11 Apr 2014
With plain packaging now looking a certainty, experts from the OU's Institute for Social Marketing explore the future for the UK tobacco industry.

Death, Dying

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Death, Dying Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 01 Apr 2014
The beliefs and traditions that revolve around the meaning of death play an important role in every culture, but how do these ideas vary and what...

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Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Masters level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
The unit provides a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the...

Imaging in medicine

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Imaging in medicine Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 02 Aug 2013
X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are all medical imaging techniques of great practical importance that have been encountered by a great many people...

Predictive medicine

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
In this unit you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed. The advent of predictive...

Forensic science and fingerprints

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Forensic science and fingerprints Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
This unit covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some of the questions about the extent to which...

Epidemiology: An introduction

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 09 Jun 2011
Public health interventions need to be built on an evidence base and part of this evidence comes from epidemiology: the study of how and why...

Science promotion

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Science promotion Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 31 May 2011
This unit will look at how public engagement in science and technology might be achieved through science promotion. Science promotion and public...

The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears

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The MMR vaccine: Public health, private fears Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2011
A decade ago, the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism hit the media. Fear of the vaccine spread rapidly and, despite an almost...

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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 09 Feb 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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 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 09 Feb 2015
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 09 Feb 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...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....