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Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

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Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

The Solar Eclipse

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
On Friday 20 March 2015, the whole of the UK will be able to view a partial eclipse of the Sun. 

Safety advice

Safety advice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Follow our safety advice when looking at the sun

Observing at Home

Observing at Home Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Mar 2015
Dr. Lucie Green has more safety advice when looking at the sun

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses?

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library, London under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
With jokes, with panic, with searches for religious meaning: A collection of contemporary responses to eclipses from 18th Century publications.

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Meet the academic: Professor David Rothery

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Meet the academic: Professor David Rothery Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2015
Professor David Rothery discusses his research, his role in the BepiColumbo mission, the volatile terrain of Mercury and the reason why some of...

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

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 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. 

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Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small; orbits...

The Moon

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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 unit...

Describing motion along a line

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This unit will help you to understand why classical motion is probably the most fundamental part of...

The evolving Universe

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Mar 2012
The ‘Big Bang’ is said to be the origin of our Universe. This unit will help you to comprehend what happened in the moments immediately after the...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

The Big Bang

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
‘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...

Jupiter and its moons

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
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 06 Jun 2011
The sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This unit will help you to explore the workings...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 02 Jun 2011
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the...

The restless Universe

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 May 2011
The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

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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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Apr 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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Duration 900 hours Updated 25 Apr 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Apr 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Apr 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 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 of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Apr 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Apr 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 2015
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...

Essential mathematics 1

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Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Apr 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This introductory university-level mathematics module covers key topics including calculus, vectors, matrices, sequences and functions, and assumes...