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.

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Mastering systems thinking in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Peshkova/Getty Images Plus free course icon Level 3 icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mastering systems thinking in practice

This free course, Mastering systems thinking in practice, provides a primer for someone wanting to take the postgraduate qualifications in Systems Thinking in Practice. It will help you develop new ways of thinking about and approaching situations that cross multiple discipline and skill boundaries. You will learn to think more holistically about complex and messy situations, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively

Free course
24 hrs
Succeed in the workplace Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 4maksym/iStockphoto free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Education & Development

Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and strong action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle.

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
Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Sakonboon Sansri/Shuttterstock.com free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

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
Returning to STEM free course icon Level 3 icon Badge icon

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
Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online Creative commons image Icon Atomic Taco in Flickr under Creative-Commons license free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

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
Exploring sport coaching and psychology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © SolStock/iStock free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Exploring sport coaching and psychology

This free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, investigates how scientific and management ideas contribute to success while also taking you on a journey through unique sporting case studies and insights that will change how you view and study sport. You will consider how the mind, the body, the environment and training techniques all contribute to optimum fitness.

Free course
24 hrs
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