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  • Hospital

    Hospital, our new six-part co-production with the BBC, is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Hospital

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    Hospital, our new six-part co-production with the BBC, is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 
  • What happens when you fall ill on a plane?

    If you get sick during a plane flight, the doctors treating you will most likely be thousands of miles away. 

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    16 Jan 2017

  • What happens when you fall ill on a plane?

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    If you get sick during a plane flight, the doctors treating you will most likely be thousands of miles away. 
  • How do planes take off?

    They're massive, and heavy. And yet they fly in the air. City In The Sky gets to grips with the physics of flight.

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    16 Jan 2017

  • How do planes take off?

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    They're massive, and heavy. And yet they fly in the air. City In The Sky gets to grips with the physics of flight.
  • Why do planes get dumped in the desert?

    Our series City In The Sky travelled to Arizona to see a plane come to its final destination.

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    16 Jan 2017

  • Why do planes get dumped in the desert?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Our series City In The Sky travelled to Arizona to see a plane come to its final destination.
  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Jan 2017

  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Daniele Prati under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
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    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?
  • City in The Sky

    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same...

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    13 Jan 2017

  • City in The Sky

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    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same way again…
  • How was the moon made, and when did it happen?

    By Professor David Rothery

    Dave Rothery shares some new thinking about our nearest neighbour.

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    13 Jan 2017

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

    By Dr Marc Cornock

    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care...

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    12 Jan 2017

  • 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 Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.
  • Why is snow so hard to predict?

    By Peter Clark

    Much of Britain has been told to prepare for its first significant snow of the winter today. But equally, it might...

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Why is snow so hard to predict?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Much of Britain has been told to prepare for its first significant snow of the winter today. But equally, it might not happen - New York famously faced a...

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  • The world of the primary school

    Primary education is a dynamic and exciting area to study and become involved in. This free course, The world of the primary school, introduces the...

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    16 Jan 2017

  • The world of the primary school

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    Primary education is a dynamic and exciting area to study and become involved in....
  • In the night sky: Orion

    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    16 Jan 2017

  • In the night sky: Orion

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    In the night sky: Orion Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: © Manfred_Konrad (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky,...
  • Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

    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,...

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Jan 2017

  • Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 13 Jan 2017
    This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh...
  • Hadrian's Rome

    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (117-38 CE). What impact did the emperor have...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of...
  • Software and the law

    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. A major part of...

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Software and the law

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to...
  • Introducing the voluntary sector

    This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Introducing the voluntary sector

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of...
  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict? Updated content
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and...
  • Introducing environmental decision making

    Many of the decisions we make have implications for our environment, particularly those concerning natural resources and waste. Taking account of...

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    24 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Introducing environmental decision making

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    Introducing environmental decision making Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Many of the decisions we make have implications for our environment, particularly...
  • Caring in hospitals

    This free course, Caring in hospitals, considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The course...

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    8 hours

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Caring in hospitals

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Caring in hospitals, considers the type of care offered in...
  • Learn to code for data analysis

    This free course, Learn to code for data analysis, will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line of code at a time. You’ll learn...

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2017

  • Learn to code for data analysis

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    Learn to code for data analysis Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: © peterhowell/iStockphoto.com Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Jan 2017
    This free course, Learn to code for data analysis, will teach you how to write...

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science
    Duration 600 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...

    Certificate in Physics

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    Certificate in Physics
    Duration 900 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age –...

    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...
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