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Free course: Childhood in the Digital Age

Free course: Childhood in the Digital Age Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com
Updated 06 May 2015
OpenLearn is a fantastic place to gain understanding of what to expect from Open University study; trying a free course, such as Childhood in the...

What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Apr 2015
Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.

Could the business of football take you to Wembley?

Could the business of football take you to Wembley? Creative commons image Credit: Rob under CC-BY licence
Updated 10 Apr 2015
The OU is offering tickets to the play-offs in a great competition - and courses in the business of football.

Sins of the mouth

Sins of the mouth Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Who are the gluttons, the obese or the advertisers who make chocolate so sexy and irresistible?

Dementia care: What happens in the brain?

Dementia care: What happens in the brain? Creative commons image Credit: ML Cohen under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of different disorders that affect the brain- get the low down on the various types here. 

Dementia care: Choosing whose rights matter

Dementia care: Choosing whose rights matter Copyrighted image Credit: Kolotype | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
When do issues around safety versus human rights conflict in dementia care homes? What can be done to help retain the resident's freedom of choice?

Dementia care: Modelling good care

Dementia care: Modelling good care Creative commons image Credit: K.Kendall under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
How can you empower those with dementia and keep them involved in social situations?

Dementia care: Doing good or at least no harm

Dementia care: Doing good or at least no harm Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Family and carers often have to make difficult decisions that affect those suffering with dementia. Find out what decisions are beneficial and what...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

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Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Credit: Istockphoto.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 18 May 2015
[BETA ] Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so,...

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 May 2015
The term ‘partnership’ is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Professional relationships with young people

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Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Credit: © John Birdsall
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 May 2015
In some people’s eyes, the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young...

Forensic psychology

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Forensic psychology Copyrighted image Credit: RichLegg
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 May 2015
Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.

An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice?...

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
This unit explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer that previous generations. This is...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Feb 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

The range of work with young people

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The range of work with young people
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
This unit identifies some features that we might use to describe the various settings where work with young people takes place. This encourages us...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 May 2015
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 2015
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 May 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...