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Oceans

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Sep 2016
Dive deep into the oceans with resources from across OpenLearn. 

Climate

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Sep 2016
A collection of resources relating to climate from across OpenLearn. 

The Environment

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Sep 2016
A collection of resources relating to the environment from across OpenLearn. 

European Day of Languages

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2016
Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

The BBC And The OU: Inspiring Learning

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The BBC And The OU: Inspiring Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2016
Take a look back at some of the programmes, apps and online learning the BBC and The Open University have brought to life in the past...

International Day of Peace

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2016
21 September is the UN's International Day of Peace. Learn more about peace and coping after conflict with these articles and videos.

Happy birthday Roald Dahl

Happy birthday Roald Dahl
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
September 13th 2016 marks what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling...

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
Roald Dahl: the incredible storyteller loved by millions or a belittling bully? Find out what his character was like in this article.

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

Get started with online learning

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Get started with online learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © monkeybusinessimages (via iStockphoto.com) Updated content
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
This free course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating...

English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 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...

Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice Updated content
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 21 Sep 2016
Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving...

Asset allocation in investment

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Asset allocation in investment Copyrighted image Copyright: © TERADAT SANTIVIVUT/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
This course looks at how to take investor objectives and constraints and turn them into a portfolio which aims at achieving an expected return and...

Managing my investments

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Managing my investments Copyrighted image Copyright: istock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension, with this free online course.

Managing my money

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Managing my money Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property...

Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM Updated content
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

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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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...