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What does it take to mentor young offenders?

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What does it take to mentor young offenders? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
What are the peaks and challenges that face mentors guiding young offenders? Explore in our videos with volunteers from Enterprise Mentors. 

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the...

Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

All in the Mind - Summer 2016

All in the Mind - Summer 2016 Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 25 Apr 2016
Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

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Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society, can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions?

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions? Copyright free image Copyright free: Geralt
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The way much research on sexual differentiation is conducted and communicated has come under intense criticism from scholars in both the natural...

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green?

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green? Creative commons image Jessie Hey under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Research amongst Chinese students studying in the UK explores whether studying overseas can change people's behaviour.

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Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Forensic psychology

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Forensic psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: RichLegg
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
In this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Istockphoto.com
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 May 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 May 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 May 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...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 May 2016
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...