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The First World War: trauma and memory free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

The First World War: trauma and memory

In this free course, The First World War: trauma and memory, you will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also the effects of the First World War on civilian populations.

Free course
9 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Moons

Explore our collection of free games, articles and courses on Moons. 

Article
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Society, Politics & Law 

What are the challenges facing foreign policy?: A discussion

What are the aims of UK foreign policy and how is Britain hoping to respond to rapidly changing global politics? These are just two of the questions asked by Dr William Brown to Tom Cargill and Dr Victoria Honeyman. 

Audio
40 mins
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Money & Business 

Managing my money for young adults

This free course, Managing my money for young adults, will help you start to think about managing your finances. You will learn how to budget effectively, and will be encouraged to start thinking about your financial future.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Coming soon: Risk management

This brand new course explores the concept of risk, how it affects you or your business, and ways in which you can assess and manage it.

Article
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Money & Business 

Managing my money with Bobby Seagull

Watch Bobby Seagull talk to students and ex-students about their experiences of living in shared rental accommodation while at university.

Video
15 mins
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Education & Development 

Being an OU student

In the course, you’ll get a flavour of what OU study is actually like, learn about how you’ll be supported, the technologies you’ll use and start to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development 

So what is a ‘multi-academy trust'?

As an increasing number of state secondary schools become academies, Dr Jane Cullen examines the education system.

Article
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Education & Development 

School

School follows the experiences of pupils, teachers, parents and school leaders, across an academic year.

TV Programme
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport and gyms. We often hear employers refer to the importance of these interpersonal relationships or ‘soft skills’ in sport and fitness, and in this unique course you’ll build valuable insights into understanding workplace communication, motivation and self-awareness and how this can increase your effectiveness and enhance how you work with others. All this is made possible by some unique film footage of coaches, trainers and instructors at work combined with engaging learning activities that accompany these case studies to benefit both your career and those you work with.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Brexit and health care professionals

With the uncertainty of Brexit, Dr Marc Cornock, looks at four key areas of health care which needs consideration.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2018

Claudia Hammond presents the OU/BBC Radio Four series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

Radio Programme
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The First World War: trauma and memory free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

The First World War: trauma and memory

In this free course, The First World War: trauma and memory, you will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also the effects of the First World War on civilian populations.

Free course
9 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Happy halloween!

Delve into our spook-tacular articles, FREE courses and podcasts all related to Halloween and all things scary. Pretty ghoul, huh?

Article
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How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement? video icon

History & The Arts 

How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement?

Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US Civil Rights movement. Leah Kardos pays tribute.

Video
5 mins
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Languages 

How to learn a language

Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully. This free course, How to learn a language, introduces the skills and strategies for language learning, setting realistic goals when learning languages and keeping motivated, practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies. It will enable you to evaluate resources and create a virtual immersion environment.

Free course
24 hrs
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Languages 

European Day of Languages

Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

Article
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Languages 

Teaching a robot how to speak

Language is a defining feature of human interaction, and programmers have been gradually developing this capability in robots. But even with the vast progress made in artificial intelligence, is it really possible for robots to learn language? Watch the video below to learn more.  

Video
10 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Future energy demand and supply

When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of planning future energy supply becomes clear. Future energy demand and supply is a free course that offers an introduction to how this is being undertaken.

Free course
13 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Recycling and Waste

How much do you think about what you throw away? Do you know what happens to the things you chuck out? Find out more about waste and recycling with our FREE resources:

Activity
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Nature & Environment 

OU on the BBC: From deep oceans to super sewers

Looking back over just some of our great collaborations with the BBC from the last few months. Together, we've explored the civilisations, the oceans - and the depths of London, metaphorical and actual.

Video
25 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Basic science: understanding numbers

This free course, Basic science: understanding numbers, explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans.

Free course
12 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Available now: Understanding antibiotic resistance

This brand new free course will introduce you to the science behind the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Article
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Science, Maths & Technology 

The Secret Story of Stuff:

Materials of the Modern Age

TV Programme
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Society, Politics & Law 

From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?

This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a symptom of the political, economic and social geography of the UK, focusing on its uneven development in a country increasingly dominated by London and the South East of England. It then considers how the divisions within the UK (within England as well as between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) were reflected in the voting patterns of the 2016 referendum. Finally, the course reflects on the implications of these short-term and long-term trends for the UK’s future as a multinational state.

Free course
12 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Inside the Foreign Office: Jargon buster

Jargon is a speciality of corporations and bureaucracies. Dr William Brown breaks down the meanings to some of the titles and phrases used by the Foreign Office below.

Article
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Society, Politics & Law 

What are the challenges facing foreign policy?: A discussion

What are the aims of UK foreign policy and how is Britain hoping to respond to rapidly changing global politics? These are just two of the questions asked by Dr William Brown to Tom Cargill and Dr Victoria Honeyman. 

Audio
40 mins