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Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Six Nations 2016

Six Nations 2016 Creative commons image PierreSelim under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
With the Six Nations here it's time to 'try' learning more about rugby with our fantastic range of resources.

Download your free Divine Women booklet

Download your free Divine Women booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2012
Download your free 16-page booklet which explores five controversial areas around goddesses and women in religion

Download your free Empire poster

Download your free Empire poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
We've run out of wallcharts, but you can still print out a copy of our guide to Empire to enjoy at home.

Wartime Farm: free booklet

Wartime Farm: free booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Women's Land Army image Paul Townsend BristolPast.co.uk
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Aug 2012
How did a hungry island remain fed during a long, wearying conflict? Order your free Wartime Farm booklet to find out.

Order your free Star Guide

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Introductory level Updated 04 Jan 2013
Learn more about the fascinating objects in the night sky with your free Star Guide 

The Secret History of our Streets: Get your free booklet 'A tourist's guide to our secret streets'

The Secret History of our Streets: Get your free booklet 'A tourist's guide to our secret streets' Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
We had offered a free 16-page booklet, with folding historic map from Charles Booth and fascinating stories behind the streets in five UK cities,...

The Story of Wales: Get your free Icons of Wales booklet

The Story of Wales: Get your free Icons of Wales booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: OU/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
Order your free Icons of Wales booklet and celebrate 11 prominent figures in Welsh history—then vote for who you think should be the 12th icon

Get your free Matrix of Modern Life poster

Get your free Matrix of Modern Life poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
A free poster from The Open University that explores the colourful connections between different parts of science, engineering and technology...

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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures,...

Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Jan 2016
The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy Creative commons image Kate Ter Haar under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those...

Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Developing your skills as an HR professional

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Developing your skills as an HR professional Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Developing your skills as an HR professional, will help you to develop some of the skills you will need to be effective as an HR...

Creating an ethical organisation

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Businesses are increasingly making explicit their commitment to dealing with ethical concerns. This free course, Creating an ethical organisation,...

Environmental factors and organisations

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Environmental factors and organisations Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
The interactions of business with the non-commercial environment are under increasing scrutiny. This free course, Environmental factors and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making...

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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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 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 05 Feb 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...