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Opinion polls in a nutshell

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Have opinion polls got you baffled? Fear not - Professor Kevin McKonway explains opinion polls in these short videos. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - The election in numbers

OU on the BBC: More or Less - The election in numbers Copyrighted image Credit: Presiyan Panayotov | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
More or Less looks at the general election, how much sex we have and the plight of newly qualified teachers. 

Is democracy a good thing?

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument...

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

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Survival Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history, starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed looks at notions of male bravery and the relation to post traumatic stress, as well as bed issues within the NHS.

‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad?

‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad? Creative commons image Credit: Keir Hardie under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Tory themed their broadcast around James Callaghan's 'Crisis? What crisis?' which ridiculed Labour's worst time in 1974-79. But was the...

Wartime Farm - Episode 1

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
After the outbreak of hostilities, our heroes of the Home Front get stuck in to keeping the nation fed.

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

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Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

The spectre of 'British values' and education policy

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2015
The next government needs to think carefully about what is to be done with the spectre of British values or wake up with a severe post...

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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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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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,...

Essay and report writing skills

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment...

Spanish: espacios públicos

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Spanish: Espacios públicos,...

An introduction to social work

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice?...

English grammar in context

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Management: perspective and practice

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice,...

Understanding operations management

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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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Duration 900 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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 28 Apr 2015
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...