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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 

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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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...

The restless Universe

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

Describing motion along a line

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This free course, Describing motion along a line, will help you to understand why classical motion is...

The Moon

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Aug 2014
As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This free...

Jupiter and its moons

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 01 Aug 2014
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

The Sun

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Aug 2014
The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This free course will help you to explore the...

An overview of active galaxies

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This free course gives an overview of active galaxies,...

The Big Bang

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.' (T.S. Eliot) But how about the way the world begins? Was this the biggest bang of...

The evolving Universe

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
The Big Bang is said to be the origin of our Universe. This free course, The evolving Universe, will help you to comprehend what happened in 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 10 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 10 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 10 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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 10 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 10 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 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 10 Feb 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 10 Feb 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) Mathematics and Physics

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
This degree covers an equal amount of topics in mathematics and science, specialising in applied mathematics and physics at Level 2 and Level 3....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 10 Feb 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...

Electromagnetism

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Electromagnetism Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore the electromagnetic fields and radiation that pervade the world around you, their encapsulation in Maxwell's equations, and how they...