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Improving the everyday lives of carers

Improving the everyday lives of carers Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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!

Health and Social Care Pathway

Health and Social Care Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying Health and Social Care is for you - what next?

Social Science and Psychology Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying Social Science and Psychology is for you - what next?

Pathways To Success in Higher Education

Pathways To Success in Higher Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
For use in conjuction with the 'Pathways to Success' guide created by The Open University in Wales.     

Dementia care: Louise's story

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Dementia care: Louise's story Creative commons image Credit: Sharyn Morrow under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Introductory level Updated 16 Jan 2015
Is safety more important than freedom? Should care staff share mealtimes with the residents? Listen to the different perspectives on dementia care...

Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Dementia Awareness Week 2015 Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Dementia Awareness weeks runs from 17th-23rd May 2015; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital information on this...

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 Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you? Personal Health Budgets or PHBs are the next major step towards...

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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 28 Apr 2015
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?...

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...

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...

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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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Aug 2015
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...