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Budget 2015: The Experts Respond

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Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A range of reactions to George Osborne's Summer 2015 budget, ranging from the impact on adoption, through defence, to questions of work, tax and...

Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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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...

Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy

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Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
In this interview taken from BBC Radio 4's World at One, Great Ormond Street Hospital oncologist Nick Plowman discusses the pros and cons of...

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.

Delivering difficult news

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best way to do this. 

Managing children’s pain

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Mar 2015
Recognising when a child is in pain and trying to relieve this can be complex. In this article Dr Joan Simons draws on her research on children's...

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Social Science and Psychology Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying Social Science and Psychology is for you - what next?

Exploring cyberbullying

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Exploring cyberbullying Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
Why is cyberbullying so common among young people? How can we end it? Hear different perspectives and test your knowledge about cyberbullying.

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Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
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...

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.

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...

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about...

Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Understanding children: Babies being heard Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
Here you will find out some of the things very young babies can do. You will also discover how babies can contribute to family life and...

Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jan 2014
Here we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of whether infants have a rich understanding of their social world....

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This unit explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media – that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea is a starting point for the...

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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 28 Jul 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 28 Jul 2015
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...