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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 

Understanding mental capacity

This free course, Understanding mental capacity, covers the principles and criteria underpinning the assessment of mental capacity and decision making in the UK.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

World Toilet Day

Toilets save lives. We've compiled some resources to help raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to toilets and proper sanitation.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The fight against obesity

How are we battling the unrelenting rise in obesity? And how could the government help?

Video
10 mins
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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 

Simple coding

Have you ever wanted to try out simple coding? Want to understand the basics of what it entails? This course introduces you to the skills, concepts and jargon of coding. 

Free course
2 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Science for everyone as £1m pledge supports new Open University courses

People from all walks of life with an interest in science have been able to access a range of new courses by The Open University completely free of charge, thanks to a pledge in 2013 of more than £1m from Dangoor Education, the educational arm of The Exilarch’s Foundation.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Coming soon: Exoplanets

This brand new free course will explore our Galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many great surprises.

Video
10 mins
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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 

The battle to save May’s middle way from falling between two Stuhls

Theresa May is facing many challenges over Brexit and Alan Shipman reviews some of the major obstacles ahead of her.

Article
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What are the challenges facing foreign policy?: A discussion audio icon

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