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Life Story: Growing Up

Life Story: Growing Up Copyrighted image Credit: BBC/Tom Hugh-Jones Updated content
Updated 26 Oct 2014
On reaching adulthood animals strike out on their own to find their place in the world.

OU on the BBC: Life

OU on the BBC: Life Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Lucas Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
David Attenborough's ten-part exploration of the enormous variety of life on planet Earth.

United Nations Day

United Nations Day Copyrighted image Credit: © Dean Bertoncelj | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
To celebrate the United Nations Day (24 October), we round up some useful resources to look at the evolution of human rights, peace and...

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU Creative commons image Credit: Raw Pixel Images | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
Dr Richard Blundel introduces the latest survey findings of the Quarterly Survey, focusing on small and medium-sized businesses competing...

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Age of Industry

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Age of Industry Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Oct 2014
Andrew continues his epic series with the story of how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.

Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics

Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics Copyrighted image Credit: Randymir | Dreamstime.com - Clint Eastwood Photo New content
Updated 23 Oct 2014
The OU Social Sciences Facebook community are looking at local democracy this week - and the impact mayors can have on their cities. Explore some...

Meerkats as desert specialists

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Meerkats as desert specialists Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Updated 23 Oct 2014
Meerkats are often associated with the Kalahari sands and, over time, have become highly adapted to the desert conditions. 

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Migration

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Migration Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Oct 2014
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

New Free OpenLearn Courses

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New Free OpenLearn Courses Copyrighted image Credit: © mattjeacock/istock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Oct 2014
This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published.

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 01 Oct 2014
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Language, notation and formulas

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Language, notation and formulas Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Sep 2014
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about...

An introduction to material culture

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An introduction to material culture Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 24 Sep 2014
This unit is an introduction to the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines some basic approaches to studying...

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Sep 2014
This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Sep 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Oct 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...