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Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 30 Mar 2015
We hope OpenLearn works normally, around the clock, through the year. If we know something's wrong (or if we're planning some downtime), we'll tell...

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump Creative commons image Credit: Tony Atkin under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Mar 2015
If you're enjoying the BBC revival of Poldark, you might wonder how realistic the depciction of Cornish copper mining after the American War Of...

Turn your bank holiday into a badged holiday

Turn your bank holiday into a badged holiday Copyrighted image Credit: Woman photo: © Victorpr | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 27 Mar 2015
What are your plans for the long weekend? DIY? A trip to a windswept beach? Why not take your first steps towards earning a free badge instead...

My Shakespeare: Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet

My Shakespeare: Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet Copyrighted image Credit: Sky / Blakeway Productions Updated content
Updated 27 Mar 2015
Joseph Fiennes shares his own unique perspective on Romeo & Juliet as well as his role playing Shakespeare “playing”  Romeo in the film...

OU on the BBC: Wartime Farm - Christmas Special

OU on the BBC: Wartime Farm - Christmas Special Copyrighted image Credit: Lion TV / BBC Updated content
Introductory level Updated 27 Mar 2015
It's Christmas, and our living historians are back in the war, and back on the land, for a very special Wartime Farm.

Breadline Britain

Breadline Britain Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Mar 2015
Research suggests that the next five years will see more people in the UK in poverty.  

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties Copyrighted image Credit: By Flogal via Dreamstime under subscription New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss studies into citizenship and the links between family ties and stories. 

Open Pathways

Open Pathways Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Updated 26 Mar 2015
Mapping your Open Pathway from informal to formal learning

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Mar 2015
In the lead up to the General Election, Alan Shipman discusses how the economic problems of 1979 were swept under the carpet, but they are not off...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Mar 2015
Historian, Justin Champion discusses the founder of sociology, Max Weber, who drilled in the value of hard work into our everyday ethic. 

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The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 30 Mar 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
This unit explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Mar 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free OpenLearn course, 'Start writing fiction', will give you an...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch Updated content
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer that previous generations. This is...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Mar 2015
[BETA] What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Mar 2015
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: © 2009 Image Source/Jupiterimages Corporation
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Mar 2015
This free course Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Mar 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This OpenLearn course, 'Exploring family health', will provide an understanding of...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Mar 2015
This is introductory material, and was chosen to be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese. This unit concentrates on...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing...

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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 31 Mar 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Mar 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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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 31 Mar 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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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Mar 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 31 Mar 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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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Mar 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Mar 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...