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Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk?

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 28 Aug 2014
Deminish your chance of developing dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month 2014; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital...

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson on leading a winning team

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson on leading a winning team Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Updated 27 Aug 2014
As MK Dons hit the headlines beating Manchester United 4-0, find out what manager Karl Robinson thinks on how empowering your team is a crucial...

Mental health awareness

Mental health awareness Creative commons image Credit: Alessandra Khumana under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Updated 13 Aug 2014
With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, our experts tell you how you can help someone you think may be suffering from mental health issues...

Everything speaks: Can we positively change our behaviour?

Everything speaks: Can we positively change our behaviour? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 11 Aug 2014
If we understand more about the things we do we can change the world for the better, writes Jez Rose.

Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you?...

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature Creative commons image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 03 Jul 2014
If all that activity is too much for you,  why not settle down with one of our choices of great writing about cycling?

Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool

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Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 02 Jul 2014
Have you got a goal? Whether it is to excercise more, lose a few pounds, or write a novel, our Personal Best App will help you get there. 

Video collection: Personal Best

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Video collection: Personal Best Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 24 Jun 2014
How to apply the techniques of winning sports psychology to achieving your everyday goals? In these short videos, OU sports academics and...

Personal Best: Completion

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Personal Best: Completion Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Jessica Pinchbeck congratulates those who have achieved their goals and encourages reflection for future improvement.

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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission New content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Jul 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2014
What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ...

Starting with psychology

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Starting with psychology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Apr 2014
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle...

Public health in community settings: An introduction

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Public health in community settings: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Apr 2014
This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work...

Using numbers and handling data

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

Introducing public health

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major...

Challenging ideas in mental health

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Intermediate level Duration 18 hours Updated 13 Mar 2014
Take a new and different look at mental health. This unit invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

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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 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
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 600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
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 02 Sep 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...