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We've gone Back to the Future

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2015
If Marty McFly travelled to our 2015, what would he think? Is time travel even possible?

Childhood in the Digital Age

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Childhood in the Digital Age Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Jun 2015
When it comes to technology are you an optimist or a pessimist? Are social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is...

Doctor Who: Is time travel possible?

Doctor Who: Is time travel possible? Copyrighted image Copyright: © Mreco99 | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2013
Is time travel possible in real life? The simple answer is: Yes!

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Copyright: 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...

University of the Future

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University of the Future Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2011
What does the future of learning look like? For over 40 years The Open University has pushed the boundaries of teaching and learning to deliver a...

Learning to Groove

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Learning to Groove Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 10 Nov 2010
Learning to Groove tells the story of the Tomorrow’s Warriors band as its young musicians learn the art of jazz. Jason Toynbee, leader of the What...

Leslie Budd on... old versus new

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Leslie Budd on... old versus new Copyrighted image Copyright: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2010
Is business our 'brave new world'? Leslie Budd highlights the celebrations of the technologies and products, past and present, which changed our...

OU on the BBC: Reith Lectures 2010: Scientific Horizons

OU on the BBC: Reith Lectures 2010: Scientific Horizons Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2010
Professor Martin Rees, cosmologist and astrophysicist, presents this year's Reith Lectures, which explore the limits and role of science as a...

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Future energy demand and supply

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Future energy demand and supply Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 03 Dec 2012
This free course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 Feb 2011
Are you interested in learning more about one of Europe's oldest languages? Or would you simply like to brush up on your Welsh? Then look no...

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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 14 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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning...

Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning skills...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...

Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future

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Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 24 Mar 2016
This course explores oil’s vital role in the modern world and assesses some of the exciting scientific developments that could lead to sustainable...

Making it happen! Leadership, influence and change

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Making it happen! Leadership, influence and change Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
A practical, work-based course about leadership and change practice – about making things happen – applicable to your current and future roles,...