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Ever Wondered About... Pizza?

Ever Wondered About... Pizza? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Feb 2016
Delve into the history and science of pizza - you know you want to! 

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

Six Nations 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
With the Six Nations here it's time to 'try' learning more about rugby with our fantastic range of resources.

The science of chocolate

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The science of chocolate Copyrighted image Copyright: Mikael Damkier | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

Ever Wondered About... Pancakes?

Ever Wondered About... Pancakes? Copyrighted image Copyright: Subbotina | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2016
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) take a look at the science and history of the pancake.

Right to die: what about other circumstances?

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Right to die: what about other circumstances? Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 29 Jan 2016
Reasons for individuals chosing to end their life vary - is there one straightforward answer to the question 'do we have the right to die?' or is...

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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 Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Physical activity: a family affair

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Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Copyright: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Physical activity: a family affair, aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity...

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea...

Understanding depression and anxiety

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Understanding depression and anxiety Copyrighted image Copyright: © Bluestone/Science Photo Library
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Sep 2015
In this free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, we consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders –...

Emotions and emotional disorders

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Emotions and emotional disorders Copyrighted image Copyright: © Richard Paisley/Doctor Stock/Getty Images
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Sep 2015
In this free course, Emotions and emotional disorders, you will learn about some of the disorders related to the feelings of stress, sadness and...

Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Understanding narratives in health care

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the...

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 Copyright: © John Birdsall
Introductory 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...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 than previous generations. This is...

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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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...