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The Science Behind the Bike

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The Science Behind the Bike Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 27 Jun 2012
The Science Behind the Bike is a series of films that investigate how science and technology have transformed the sport of cycling. We talk to...

Type 1 diabetes - a long-term condition

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Type 1 diabetes - a long-term condition Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 13 Jun 2012
What is type 1 diabetes? How do people with diabetes manage their symptoms? Type 1 diabetes occurs when insulin producing cells are destroyed, and...

Silicone implants: should the NHS step in?

Silicone implants: should the NHS step in? Creative commons image Credit: By Noukka Signe via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jan 2012
Should the NHS step in to help private health patients remove and replace their potentially faulty breast implants?

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

Unzip your genes - Debate the genetic influence on body weight

Unzip your genes - Debate the genetic influence on body weight Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2011
Join the discussion: How do we know that genes influence how much weight we gain, surely people differ in how much food they eat and how much they...

Debate: Childhood obesity

Debate: Childhood obesity Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Oct 2009
Community member Lyndon raised a question about the causes of childhood obesity

Debate: Manorexia?

Debate: Manorexia? Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Oct 2009
Forum guest Sara W wondered if there was any reason for a separate word for men with eating disorders

Mission to Titan

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Mission to Titan Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Jul 2009
Have you ever wanted to explore a distant planet? In this exciting album, Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, is revealed live before our eyes for the...

OU on the BBC: James May's 20th Century - Body Fantastic

OU on the BBC: James May's 20th Century - Body Fantastic Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2007
James sets out to discover how far he can push his body and finds out about some of the most remarkable medical advances over the last hundred...

Don't mention the "D word"

Don't mention the Creative commons image Credit: djwhelan under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2007
Men are becoming much more conscious of their body image. But when was the last time you saw an advert for a diet product that featured men?

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Repatriation and returning remains

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Repatriation and returning remains Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Feb 2012
19th Century philosopher Jeremy Bentham allowed his body to be put on public display after he passed on but would you allow your body to be...

Badminton: Fitness and Training

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Badminton: Fitness and Training Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 06 May 2011
Playing badminton is like playing chess at 200 miles per hour, it requires a combination of explosive power, speed, agility and strategy. The...

The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology

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The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 35 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
How - and why - would you build a machine 10,000 times thinner than a human hair? This album features experts discussing the paradigm shift that...

The Art of Breathing

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The Art of Breathing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 55 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
How does your body control your breathing unconsciously? This album explores this complex process in fascinating detail using a battery of...

Introducing Health Sciences: Trauma, Repair and Recovery

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Introducing Health Sciences: Trauma, Repair and Recovery Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
Traumatic injury causes millions of deaths and disabilities globally. How does the body react to tissue damage and what are the psychological...

Re-assessing the Marquis de Sade

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Re-assessing the Marquis de Sade Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 50 mins Updated 12 Oct 2009
Donatien Alphonse François, better known as The Marquis de Sade, is infamous throughout literature and popular culture for a life and body of work...

Exploring Sports

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Exploring Sports Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 55 mins Updated 07 Oct 2009
Six audio interviews with sports enthusiasts, an amateur footballer, Olympic cyclist, fencer, judo athlete, paraglider and marathon runner discuss...

Imagery and metaphor

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Imagery and metaphor Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
How do you address problematic issues at work? This album reveals more creative ways to solve problems, other than relying on rational techniques...

Diabetes care

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Diabetes care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 18 Jul 2009
At least 171 million people worldwide have diabetes, and this figure is set to double by 2030. This chronic condition, which occurs when the body...

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

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BSc (Honours) Health Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014
If you’re interested in the science behind our health – from what we can do as individuals to stay healthy, to global health issues such as...

BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

Sport and conditioning science into practice

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Sport and conditioning science into practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate and apply aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, enhancing your...

Human biology

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Human biology Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore human biology in relation to health and disease, how systems of the body interact, how they can fail, and how medical interventions can help.