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Two Yorkish episodes

Two Yorkish episodes Creative commons image Paul Allison under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
A visit to the site of a Civil War battle - and a hanging tale of a murder.

Nine days' wonder in York

Nine days' wonder in York Copyright free image Copyright free: Robert Clopas New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William has much admiration for the Minster - but the joy of York is to be harshly curtailed...

In smokiest Sheffield

In smokiest Sheffield Copyright free image Copyright free: Chemical Engineer New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William arrives in Sheffield - finding a city struggling environmentally and economically.

Some merits of Manchester

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In Manchester, William is struck by the city's dignity - and woollen socks.

A modest liking for Liverpool

A modest liking for Liverpool Creative commons image calflier001 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In the 1880s, W D Howell lived in England, recording his impressions of the places he visited. In this extract from Seven English Cities, his...

Reboot Your STEM Career

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Reboot Your STEM Career Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
Returning to a STEM career? Reboot Your STEM Career is a comprehensive interactive toolkit to help you relaunch your career and ...

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy?

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy? Creative commons image Joebeone under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although e-voting might seem like a modern way of running an election, in the US the current infrastructure is already sliding into obsolesence -...

Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump?

Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump? Creative commons image Sailko under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
A roistering, rabble-rousing politician from the birth of democracy bears comparison with the former host of The Celebrity Apprentice, suggests...

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Una lengua en movimiento

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Una lengua en movimiento Updated content
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and extend the practical...

La canción protesta

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La canción protesta Updated content
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course, La canción protesta, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and...

Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM Updated content
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 May 2016
This free course, Constitutions in transition, explores and compares the development of four nation-state constitutions from around the world:...

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

Technology, innovation and management

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Technology, innovation and management Copyrighted image Copyright: David Parker / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course is designed to help you become more...

Squares, roots and powers

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Prices

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
This free course, Prices, looks at a wide variety of ways of comparing prices and the construction of a price index. You will also look at the...

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