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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 New content
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 New content
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 New content
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?

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...

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2015
Reaching the under-35s by using digital technologies is crucial to the success of the insurance campaign from the Obama administration.

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Health and Social Care Pathway with Pathways to Success.

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is health and Social Care for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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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...

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...

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...

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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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Introducing public health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Mar 2014
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

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Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness

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Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This foundation degree course will help you get in good shape for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing

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BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for employers to grow staff into registered nurses. The degree...

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units....

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your...

BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping...

Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness

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Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
This diploma course will help put you on track for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or management. You’ll develop work-related and...

Foundation Degree in Early Years

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Foundation Degree in Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Apr 2015
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...