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Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk?

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Deminish your chance of developing dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month 2014; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital...

Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you?...

A nation of unpaid carers

A nation of unpaid carers Copyrighted image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Apr 2014
Britain's army of unpaid carers has increased during the life of the Coalition as cuts hit child and older people care provision, reports Dick...

Don’t be afraid of facts and figures

Don’t be afraid of facts and figures Copyrighted image Credit: Michael Brown | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Nov 2013
Numbers and data aren't confined to mathematics—they're everywhere.

Leadership in Health and Social Care

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Leadership in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences...

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

Family Fortunes

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Family Fortunes
Introductory level Updated 25 Jan 2013
What difference could you make to the wellbeing of a family facing difficult circumstances? Find out with this activity 

Try A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

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Try A Day in the Life of a Social Worker Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
Could you manage 24 hours as a social worker? A Day in the Life... provides you with the opportunity to step into a social worker's shoes and to...

Engaging children and adults when there is problematic alcohol and drug use

Engaging children and adults when there is problematic alcohol and drug use Copyrighted image Credit: Andy Taylor
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Feb 2012
Providing professional help to families where alcohol or drugs are being used requires a delicate approach, explains Andy Taylor.

Protecting Our Children: Working with resistance

Protecting Our Children: Working with resistance Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Jan 2012
The series Protecting Our Children shows how, whatever the other challenges, the child has to be uppermost in the processs, finds The Open...

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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Becoming a critical social work practitioner Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2014
What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ...

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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The medicalised context of bereavement Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit helps you to explore the extent to which death and dying in western societies are medical events and what aspects of death and dying...

Living with death and dying

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Living with death and dying Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit will explore how knowledge and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people’s lives. It will also examine the concept of a...

LETS: A community development

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LETS: A community development Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 09 Jan 2013
This unit enables you to hear about some of the participants in the Local Exchange and Trading Schemes (LETS). These are associations of people who...

Caring in hospitals

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Caring in hospitals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
This unit considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The unit looks at the people who have...

Caring: A Family Affair

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Caring: A Family Affair Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Care is needed at all stages of life. This unit makes care in the family its focus because the overwhelming majority of care, including health care...

Care relationships

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Care relationships Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
To set up a care relationship that works well is a delicate matter, whether you are at the giving or the receiving end. In this unit we explore 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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...