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Life In Cold Blood

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Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

What does it take to mentor young offenders?

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What does it take to mentor young offenders? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
What are the peaks and challenges that face mentors guiding young offenders? Explore in our videos with volunteers from Enterprise Mentors. 

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

OpenLearn Live: 29th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
The UK airport whose name stretches back before the Romans arrived. Then more learning across the day.

Turn your bank holiday into a badged holiday

Turn your bank holiday into a badged holiday Copyrighted image Copyright: Woman photo: © Victorpr | Dreamstime.com
Updated 28 Apr 2016
What are your plans for the long weekend? DIY? A trip to a windswept beach? Why not take your first steps towards earning a free badge instead...

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the...

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Technology, innovation and management

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Technology, innovation and management Copyrighted image Copyright: David Parker / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course is designed to help you become more...

Squares, roots and powers

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Prices

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
This free course, Prices, looks at a wide variety of ways of comparing prices and the construction of a price index. You will also look at the...

Maths for science and technology

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Youre about to start a course in science and technology and you're wondering whether your level of maths is going to be enough to get you through....

Different types of business

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Different types of business Copyrighted image Copyright: Ant Clausen/Shutterstock.com
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
A small grocery store run by one person and perhaps their family must pose quite different challenges from a multinational corporation with...

Software and the law

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Software and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: ollo / E+ / Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. ...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

Basic science: understanding numbers

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Basic science: understanding numbers
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Basic science: understanding numbers, explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything...

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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 03 May 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 03 May 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 03 May 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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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 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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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 May 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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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...