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Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put...

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to...

Essay and report writing skills

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment...

An introduction to information security

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Advanced level Duration 55 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence. This free course, An introduction to information security,...

Starting with psychology

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and...

Organisations and management accounting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure....

Management: perspective and practice

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice,...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

An introduction to music theory

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

Understanding operations management

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you...

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

Developing good academic practice

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Developing good academic practice
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing...

Managing and managing people

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This free course, Managing and managing people, will introduce you to the world of management. We will be looking at a range of topics, including...

Teaching assistants: support in action

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property...

Forensic psychology

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
In this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Rundblick: beginners' German, will take you on a journey through German...

An introduction to social work

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 26 Feb 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?...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain...

Using a scientific calculator

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 23 Feb 2016
Do you have a Casio fx-83 ES scientific calculator (or a compatible model) and want to learn how to use it? This free course, Using a scientific...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. ...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Istockphoto.com
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...