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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?

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.

World Health Day 2015

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World Health Day 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
The theme of this year's World Health Day (7 April) is on food safety. Delve into our free resources about food hygiene, nutrition, globalisation...

What do you really know about autism?

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What do you really know about autism? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
You've probably heard a lot about autism - but can you separate the myth from the reality?

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

Slowdown of brain’s waste removal system could drive Alzheimer’s

Slowdown of brain’s waste removal system could drive Alzheimer’s Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Mar 2015
Is a 'leaky' blood-brain barrier driving Alzheimer's disease? The latest scientific research indicates this may be the case. Read on to find out...

PhotoFit Me

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PhotoFit Me Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Mar 2015
Would you make a good eyewitness? Try our PhotoFit Me widget and find out.

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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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 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 05 Mar 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This OpenLearn course, 'Exploring family health', will provide an understanding of...

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...

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 12 Jan 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?...

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Motivation and factors affecting motivation Copyrighted image Credit: © Corbis Super RF / Alamy
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The unit explores the term ‘motivation’ and factors that influence motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of...

A question of ethics: right or wrong?

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A question of ethics: right or wrong? Copyright free image Credit: © PhotoAlto / Alamy
Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 05 Jan 2015
This unit discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working closely with individuals and developing...

Introducing corporate finance

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Introducing corporate finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

An introduction to social work in Wales

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An introduction to social work in Wales
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Dec 2014
Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual...

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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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 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 25 Apr 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...