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Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it?

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it? Creative commons image John Flannery under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
Some people can be fatally allergic to tiger moths - and lepidopterism can often be misdiagnosed. New research might have a solution.

Explainer: what is the risk of transmitting HIV?

Explainer: what is the risk of transmitting HIV? Creative commons image NIAID under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Nov 2015
Kissing doesn't cause HIV, ignorance does. This article looks at if HIV is easily transmitted...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

World Health Day 2015

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World Health Day 2015 Copyrighted image Copyright: Stuart Miles | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
The theme of this year's World Health Day (7 April) is on food safety. Delve into our free resources about food hygiene, nutrition, globalisation...

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Science Orange Pathway

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

US pet expenditure is greater than Croatia's GDP

US pet expenditure is greater than Croatia's GDP Creative commons image Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
Updated 12 May 2014
American pet owners now spend $60billion a year on pet spas, planes, hotels, and televisions. Have they lost touch with reality? asks David Usborne.

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Communication in health and social care

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Communication in health and social care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill health or disability, care providers' ability to communicate is...

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Aug 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 29 Aug 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 29 Aug 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care

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BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016
In the fast-changing world of today’s care sector, professionals at all levels need to be proactive and flexible in order to succeed. This degree...

Leading healthcare improvements

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Leading healthcare improvements Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This course will help you develop leadership skills in relation to healthcare service improvements, innovation and policy.

Understanding the autism spectrum

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Understanding the autism spectrum Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 150 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
An accessible introduction to autism, this course explores principles and problems of diagnosis, possible underlying causes and issues of care,...

Infectious disease and public health

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Infectious disease and public health Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course approaches infectious disease from several perspectives and explores the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of...

Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice

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Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Challenge your own assumptions around public health promotion policies and interventions, and gain the knowledge and confidence to move your...

An introduction to health and social care

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An introduction to health and social care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore through real-life case studies how we give or receive health and social care services in residential and community settings, hospitals,...