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OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Graphene heart monitors and Ice Age penguins

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Graphene heart monitors and Ice Age penguins Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Sep 2014
This week's BBC Inside Science looks at heart monitors made from graphene plus a new super sewer for London 

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK?

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 15 Sep 2014
Five out of 1,000 children in the UK will not live until their fifth birthday, reports Dick Skellington.

Obtaining graphene from graphite

Obtaining graphene from graphite Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
Discover how graphene, the thinnest material known, can be extrated from graphite, a form of carbon

Hard Evidence: what do SMEs think about #indyref?

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Hard Evidence: what do SMEs think about #indyref? Creative commons image Credit: Stuart Antony under CC-BY-NC licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
With banking giant RBS announcing they'd quit an independent Scotland, a recent survey shows the opinion of smaller businesses.

Study: Become a student

Study: Become a student Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
Thinking of studying with The Open University? You’re not alone. Thousands of visitors to the OpenLearn website have gone on to study at the OU...

Bang Goes The Theory 6: Episode 1

Bang Goes The Theory 6: Episode 1 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
In the first episode of the new series, the team investigate why petrol costs so much, and whether we can make fuel for free

New Scotland, new democracy?

New Scotland, new democracy? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 10 Sep 2014
It is hope and fear that continue to drive the Scottish debate rather than evidence-based politics, argues Bram Gieben.

Bang Goes The Theory 6: Episode 2

Bang Goes The Theory 6: Episode 2 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Sep 2014
In episode two of Bang Goes The Theory, the team asks whether modern life is damaging our ears

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Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Exploring the boundaries of international law Copyright free image Credit: © 2012 The Open University. All rights reserved Updated content
Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 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...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Stakeholders in marketing and finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

An introduction to social work

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Musée du Louvre

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Aug 2014
The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but how were they brought together as a collection?...

Contemporary Wales

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

Personal information

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Personal information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
This unit will enable you to discuss personal information at an intermediate level of Spanish.

Lebenszyklen

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The thematic focus of this unit is people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the world they live in. You use audio and text to practise German...

Cultures

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
In this unit you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world and you will examine the place they occupy in...

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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 17 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 13 Sep 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...