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Percy Shelley: Polemicist

Percy Shelley: Polemicist Copyright free image Copyright free: George Stodart New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
The political writing of Percy Shelley might have a message for the UK right now, believes Mark Summers.

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list Creative commons image Ronan Shenhav under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Duration 30 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
2016 has seen a number of terrorist attacks in Europe and beyond, many of which have been linked to ISIS. The last few weeks have felt especially...

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
July 31st is the birthday of everyone's favourite wizard (and coincidentally Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling). To celebrate, we're going...

What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Rob Brooks under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of...

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016 Creative commons image EDDIE under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
When politicians get on the bus; the Ice Bucket Challenge money; Philae fades and newspapers must forget. Learning from across the day.

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

Medal Quest: Can you guide a promising young athlete to championship success?

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Medal Quest: Can you guide a promising young athlete to championship success? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Can you help a talented child athlete make it all the way to the Olympic finals based on the choices you make for them at key stages in...

OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016 Creative commons image Colin Smith under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Why does taking a trip between Camden and Clapham make a person legally significant? Can 34 questions predict dementia? Why do crabs wave? Free...

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe Creative commons image UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the...

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity,...

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Language and creativity

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Language and creativity Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016
This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...

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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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley. Updated content
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. ...

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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 27 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 27 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 27 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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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 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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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 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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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 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...