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Everybody's looking for love

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Having a learning disability doesn't mean you don't want the same things as other people when it comes to love - why would it?

Do we have a right to die?

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Updated 27 Jan 2016
Do we have a right to die? What are the moral and ethical implications of assisted suicide?

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care?

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
By adopting the approach used in the Netherlands, the NHS could cut costs but maintain quality, suggests Dr Elizabeth Cotton.

Can charities scale up to provide health and social services?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
If charities are to deliver more health and social services they’ll need to become better organisations, says Dr Elizabeth Cotton

Why your health care could depend on "benefit scroungers"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Some of the people decried as benefit scroungers are actually working hard to deliver health care to you and the people you care about, explains Dr...

Improving the everyday lives of carers

Improving the everyday lives of carers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Many carers feel undervalued by society and that they are having to ‘go it alone’. The European Funded DISCOVER project, which included a team from...

Social model of disability and the campaign for control

Social model of disability and the campaign for control Copyrighted image Copyright: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
What is the social model for disability? Does the social world exclude those with impairments, leading to disability?

Can everyone take control?

Can everyone take control? Copyrighted image Copyright: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
Is it possible for everyone with a disability to take control of their care?

Social Science and Psychology Tasters

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

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An introduction to social work

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice?...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

Social care in the community

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Social care in the community
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Oct 2015
Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision....

Lennox Castle Hospital

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Jul 2015
This free course, Lennox Castle Hospital, looks at the history of institutions in the twentieth century, starting with a case study of Lennox...

An introduction to social work in Wales

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An introduction to social work in Wales
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Dec 2014
Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual...

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 free course, Becoming a critical social work practitioner, will guide you...

Designing space for dementia care

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Designing space for dementia care
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
The lives of people with dementia can be improved by careful consideration of key features of the design of the spaces in which they live. This...

The medicalised context of bereavement

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This free course, The medicalised context of bereavement, helps you to explore the extent to which death and dying in western societies are medical...

Living with death and dying

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This free course, Living with death and dying, will explore how knowledge of and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people's...

LETS: A community development

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 09 Jan 2013
This free course, LETS: A community development, enables you to hear about some of the participants in the Local Exchange and Trading Schemes (LETS...

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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 14 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 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 14 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 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 14 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 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 14 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Feb 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...

Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Feb 2016
How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it within a wider social context? What are the ethical dilemmas...