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OU on the BBC: Frozen Planet

OU on the BBC: Frozen Planet Creative commons image Credit: Will Hybrid under CC-BY-NC licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2015
A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough

Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure

Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Updated 01 May 2015
The value of waste has never been higher - but it's not just financial value; the Wastemen are aware of the emotional value of some of the items...

Ballot boxes or badges?

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Updated 01 May 2015
As the UK enters the last week of the 2015 election, OpenLearn has lots to offer you if you can't get enough politics - and if you think you've had...

What is a confidence and supply government?

What is a confidence and supply government? Copyrighted image Credit: Photos.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2015
There's suggestions we might find ourselves with a confidence-and-supply government after May 7th. What does that actually mean - and what does it...

Which party did best from the 2010 - 2015 coalition?

Which party did best from the 2010 - 2015 coalition? Copyright free image Credit: US government image New content
Updated 01 May 2015
Five years on from the coalition agreement, which of the two parties was most successful in achieving their aims?

Immigration views - how the marginal has become mainstream

Immigration views - how the marginal has become mainstream Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 01 May 2015
The desire for political parties to sound tough on immigration does not come from any factual evidence of immigration having deleterious...

What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Apr 2015
Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.

How lower tax drew trade unionists to the Tories

How lower tax drew trade unionists to the Tories Copyrighted image Credit: Newsfocus1 | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Apr 2015
Alan Shipman explains how a substantial number of manual and professional workers also switched to support Thatcher in the 1979 general election....

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2015
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

Integration: different logics and local factors

Integration: different logics and local factors Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Apr 2015
In his second piece on immigration, Steve Garner dispels the common misconceptions and confusions in the debate on 'integration'.

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Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course, Ratio, proportion and percentages, is...

Squares, roots and powers

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Squares, roots and powers Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Numbers, units and arithmetic

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this free course, Numbers,...

Beginners’ French: food and drink

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Beginners’ French: food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: © Ian Shaw/Alamy. Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: food and...

Working with our environment: an introduction

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Working with our environment: an introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

ICTs in everyday life

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ICTs in everyday life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This free course, ICTs in everyday life,...

An introduction to music theory

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An introduction to music theory Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
With a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data. Learn about some of...

An introduction to information security

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An introduction to information security Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Masters level Duration 55 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence. This free course, An introduction to information security,...

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BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 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...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 2015
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 2015
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...

Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services

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Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 May 2015
This certificate course is designed to give professional recognition to employees working in public service delivery. Developed in partnership with...

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 May 2015
Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is a...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 May 2015
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 2015
As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of mathematics is highly relevant to every aspect of modern society. Its tools...

Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 May 2015
How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it within a wider social context? What are the ethical dilemmas...