This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You'll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings ? including translations ? and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.
Physics is one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of our age. Learning physics will change the way you think about the world. This certificate provides a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications. Topics include classical mechanics, thermal physics, fields, waves, relativity, and quantum physics of solids, atoms and nuclei. Many of them set in their historical context. It also introduces experimental physics.
This certificate is focused on two things. It provides a valuable introduction to learning in higher education and it also provides an authoritative overview of health and social care. Real-life case studies will give you an insight into what it is like to experience care and of working in care services. Whether you're involved in care work (paid or unpaid), use services yourself, or simply have a general interest, this course helps you build knowledge, understanding, a range of learning skills, as well as preparing you for further study.
If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. As a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, you'll investigate how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts, and explore literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You'll explore writing and speech in a wide range of forms and develop your skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.
Study a specific science or pick and choose from different scientific disciplines. Many challenges facing society today involve a cross-disciplinary approach. So this degree, exploring a range of sciences, is perfect for the modern age. Start with a wide-ranging introduction to highly topical areas of modern science. This will give you a good grounding in each of the branches of science. You can continue with a broad-based approach or focus on a single area of science. Our OpenSTEM Labs mean you do some of the practical work online. Some modules also give you the opportunity to do hands-on lab work and fieldwork.
This certificate offers a flexible introduction to the study of languages, introduces you to key concepts in language learning, and develops your study skills. You can choose French, German and Spanish at beginners' and intermediate levels, or you can increase your knowledge and skills in using English for academic study. By the end of the course, you'll have moved well beyond the basics in at least one of your chosen languages.
This certificate offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the science behind human health and disease. If you're interested in health science and developing essential skills for study, this course is for you. By the end of your study, you'll have a valuable qualification under your belt and be on your way to an honours degree.
This flexible certificate combines a broad introduction to computing & IT with a second subject from business, design, mathematics, psychology and statistics. Your choice of second subject will be included in the name of your certificate, for example, Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT with Business.
This certificate offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You'll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science.
This key introductory module is for you if you have a general or professional interest in sport, recreation and fitness. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of some of the key underpinning concepts within sport and fitness, including: the organisation of sports/fitness provision in the UK; the benefits of physical activity; fitness training principles; nutrition; and a range of contemporary issues. You'll be able to apply your understanding to your own participation in sport or exercise, or to careers in the field ? such as exercise instruction, sports coaching or PE teaching.
Drawing on a wide range of studies and some classic pieces of psychological research, this OU level 1 module provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of psychology. You'll explore the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and find out how psychological research addresses real-life issues with an opportunity to conduct a psychological study of your own. You'll be provided with two textbooks and access to a comprehensive website containing an online study guide, audio-visual material and interactive activities which are designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills.
What influences children's development? How is childhood changing? How important are society and culture in understanding this change? This introductory module offers a fascinating insight into the lives of children and young people. It brings together approaches from anthropology, sociology and psychology, to provide a complete account of some of the complex influences that shape children's experiences. You will investigate topics central to the lives of children and young people, from birth to 18 years, and explore their emotional, physical, intellectual, social and cultural development. You'll be introduced to these thought-provoking topics through audio, video and interactive online materials.