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OpenLearn Live: 9th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 9th February 2016 Creative commons image Gareth Lovering Photography under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2016
The king who saw a tree bend and embraced peace and the day when pancakes are centre stage. Free learning at the heart of your world.

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

HuffPo Hints

HuffPo Hints Copyright free image Copyright free: Kelseyannevere New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
Are you trying our quiz over on Huffington Post? Do you need a bit of help to get to the answers? We can help you out...

OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016 Creative commons image David Evans under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
The Welsh king who stands alongside Alfred and Charlemagne; fearing death and celebrating a new New Year. Free learning from your world, ...

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Six Nations 2016

Six Nations 2016 Creative commons image PierreSelim under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
With the Six Nations here it's time to 'try' learning more about rugby with our fantastic range of resources.

Download your free Divine Women booklet

Download your free Divine Women booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
Download your free 16-page booklet which explores five controversial areas around goddesses and women in religion

Download your free Empire poster

Download your free Empire poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
We've run out of wallcharts, but you can still print out a copy of our guide to Empire to enjoy at home.

Wartime Farm: free booklet

Wartime Farm: free booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Women's Land Army image Paul Townsend BristolPast.co.uk
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
How did a hungry island remain fed during a long, wearying conflict? Order your free Wartime Farm booklet to find out.

Order your free Star Guide

Order your free Star Guide
Introductory level Updated 05 Feb 2016
Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures,...

Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Jan 2016
The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

Emotion: An introductory picture

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Emotion: An introductory picture Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science...

World Heritage

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in...

What is heritage?

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What is heritage? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy Creative commons image Kate Ter Haar under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

Language and thought: Introducing representation

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Language and thought: Introducing representation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be,...

Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire

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Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Historians on both sides of the Atlantic have argued that the empire was not an issue of popular interest in late nineteenth-century Britain and...

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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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...