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Oliver Sacks: "Romantic, in the sense of the romantic poets"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
For Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks, the more Sacks wrote, the more we were inspired - and the more we knew of the man himself

Oliver Sacks: "You are in the hands of a master storyteller"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
The writer Josh Bernoff hails Oliver Sacks' ability to engage readers from the start.

Oliver Sacks: "Don't skip the footnotes"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
Matthew Wade - writing after Oliver Sacks had revealed his prognosis, but before his death - celebrated the life of the "stray Santa" who loved...

Bringing up Britain

Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

Can rabies be eliminated from Asia by 2020?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
The World Health Organisation wants rabies eradicated from Asia in the next five years. They've got an uphill struggle, reports Mary-Rose...

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

Building the first Thames sewer system

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
The original Thames sewer system became a pressing need following the clean-up of London streets. But even the stench of the river overpowering the...

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care?

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
By adopting the approach used in the Netherlands, the NHS could cut costs but maintain quality, suggests Dr Elizabeth Cotton.

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Credit: John Phelan under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues Copyright free image Credit: Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2015
The scale of the task featuring scientists working to make hepatitis C a thing of the past would be familiar to the ancient Greeks.

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Understanding narratives in health care

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Credit: Istockphoto.com
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

Attachment in the early years

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jun 2015
This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby...

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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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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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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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.

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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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Sep 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Sep 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...