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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day Creative commons image giant AIDS ribbon on City Hall / Jennifer Boyer / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
1 December is World AIDS Day, a day designed to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA New content
Updated 01 Dec 2016
Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS New content
Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

What do safe drinking guidelines mean?

What do safe drinking guidelines mean? Copyrighted image Copyright: Benis Arapovic | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
The professor charged with Public Understanding of Risk tries to make sense of the latest rules for safe alcohol consumption.

Claudia Hammond on BBC All in the Mind, Mental Health and Psychology

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Claudia Hammond on BBC All in the Mind, Mental Health and Psychology
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
BBC All in the Mind presenter, Claudia Hammond, tells us about what got her interested in mental health, psychology and the mind in this exclusive...

Can engineering help improve patient safety?

Can engineering help improve patient safety? Creative commons image Visitor6 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
New research from Cambridge suggests that better, clearer, consistent design of tubes and liquids could save lives.

OpenLearn Live: 14th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 14th November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Why Birmingham is a 150 year old city with a flag that's just a year old; the NHS email problem and the man who discovered insulin. ...

OpenLearn Live: 3rd November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 3rd November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Soviet Union patent diagram
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2016
Did a Russian scientist create a zombie dog? No. Learning and research across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: RafaelTalkar
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2016
Did a soldier in France shoot a ghost dead? No. Plus: National Stress Day; firstcarquote and can poor sleep make you fatter? Learning and...

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Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Oct 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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Understanding service improvement in healthcare Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Olesya Zhigula/123RF
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

The family at the centre of early learning

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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley.
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Introducing healthcare improvement

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Introducing healthcare improvement Creative commons image Irekia in Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by defining healthcare quality and describing the meaning of quality...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

Children's participation

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Children's participation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced the right of children to have a say in issues affecting them. Although...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Jul 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. 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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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...