Badged courses

Badged courses

A growing selection of our courses allow you to display and share your learning achievements by gaining a free Open University digital badge as well as a statement of participation. Badges demonstrate your interest in a subject, evidence of continuing professional development or a commitment to your studies.

Award winning badged courses. The team at The Open University who produce these courses were finalists in The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 for 'Outreach project of the year' and Winner of the Open Education Consortium Creative Innovation Award in 2016.

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Earning and sharing your badge

A free Open University open digital badge is awarded for completing all sections of a course and passing the assessments. You can share your badge on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter or upload to your favourite badge or eportfolio platform. It also appears on your statement of participation and in your Open University My OpenLearn Profile.

Results: 15 courses Grid List

Money & Business 

Developing career resilience

This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Working in the voluntary sector

This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to some of the main activities carried out by volunteers and staff, will give you some background on how different organisations work and will provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering, as well as to your every day life.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Introducing the voluntary sector

This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life.

Free course
24 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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 together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

The digital scholar

Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open practices. It is when digital, networked and open intersect that transformational practice occurs. In this free course, The digital scholar, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life. It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information and online tools, and dealing with information overload. The importance is emphasised throughout of developing a critical approach to life online, whether consuming or creating information. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills needed to succeed. You will learn through a range of engaging activities aimed at extending your existing language skills.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 2

This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. The course takes a look at measurement of length, mass and volume, negative numbers and how to use these, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10), shapes and how to calculate their properties before finally turning to how to construct and read from tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.

Free course
24 hrs

Money & Business 

Understanding your sector

This free course, Understanding your sector, will help you to understand the difference between sectors, industries and professions. It will also help you to gain the inside knowledge to impress in applications and at interviews and to put together an action plan that is tailored to you.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Returning to STEM

This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Free course
24 hrs

Education & Development 

Taking your first steps into higher education

What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities; the social sciences; and maths, technology and science.

Free course
24 hrs
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