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OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016

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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.

Brexit: A collection

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Updated 21 Jul 2016
On June 23rd, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. With that decision taken, a whole new series of questions...

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Bernie Sanders has given his endorsement to his rival for the Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton. But could he still have an influence on the...

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in...

Why do American parties hold conventions?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
They're expensive, tricky to organise, and - as the Republicans are finding this week - can be strewn with difficulties. Why do the two main...

OpenLearn Live: 21st July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
The author who, choosing between her art and her husband, went for art; when Thatcher visited Poland. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016

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Updated 20 Jul 2016
The sociologist who suggested gender is a social structure; what DNS is when it's working; then more free learning across the day.

Climate change’s costs are still escalating

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
Scientific reports released for a conference today on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by...

Soil could save Earth from overheating

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
New research shows that changing the way we farm and manage soils so they store carbon rather than lose it would help avoid dangerous climate...

Oil majors told to adapt or die

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jul 2016
As profits and prices plummet, the oil conglomerates – some of the world’s biggest companies – have been warned they must change their ways or face...

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Employment relations and employee engagement

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Jul 2016
This free course, Employment relations and employee engagement, looks at raising levels of employee engagement, which is the latest in a long line...

The family at the centre of early learning

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Succeeding in a digital world

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free digital literacy course, Succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

Introducing the voluntary sector

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how...

Succeed in the workplace

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
Succeed with learning is a free, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. Informal in approach,...

English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put...

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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 22 Jul 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 of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...