Free courses

Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 9 different subject areas. Our courses are available to start right away.

  • All topics
Grid List Results: 244 items
Copyrighted Icon
Using a scientific calculator free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Using a scientific calculator

Do you have a Casio fx-83 ES scientific calculator (or a compatible model) and want to learn how to use it? This free course, Using a scientific calculator, will help you to understand how to use the different facilities and functions and discover what a powerful tool this calculator can be!

Free course
10 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Surviving the winter free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Surviving the winter

In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the ...

Free course
10 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Working on your own mathematics free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Working on your own mathematics

This free course, Working on your own mathematics, focuses on your initial encounters with research. It invites you to think about how perceptions of mathematics have influenced you in your prior learning, your teaching and the attitudes of learners.

Free course
4 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

In this free course, An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope, you will experience the study of minerals using a polarising microscope. While the study of minerals can involve electron or ion beam chemical analysis, the polarising microscope remains the prime tool for the study of rock thin sections and is the foundation of ...

Free course
8 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Mountain building in Scotland free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mountain building in Scotland

Some of Britain's most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the Cairngorms, or the imposing landscapes of Glen Coe can unleash the call of the wild in all of us. Although these landforms were largely carved by glacial activity that ended some 10,000 years ago, the rocks...

Free course
30 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Invention and innovation: An introduction free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Invention and innovation: An introduction

This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and inventing. It is also for managers and consumers interested in innovation and technical change. The course will show you how design and innovation can create a more sustainable future. It will also help ...

Free course
55 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Studying mammals: Food for thought free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Food for thought

Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying mammals: Food for thought, we will examine culture, tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come from and why we behave as we do. This is the tenth ...

Free course
10 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Succeed with maths: part 2 free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Succeed with maths: part 2

This free course, Succeed with maths: part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. The course takes a look at measurement of length, mass and volume, negative numbers and how to use these, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10), shapes and how to ...

Free course
24 hrs
Copyright free Icon
Drug development process: combating pain free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Drug development process: combating pain

Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.

Free course
2 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Living with diabetes free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Free course
5 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
Birth of a drug free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Birth of a drug

The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free course, Birth of a drug, focuses on a specific case study that follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a particularly good example of the application of ...

Free course
4 hrs
Copyrighted Icon
John Napier free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

John Napier

This free course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

Free course
3 hrs