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Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

Supreme Streets: An Adventure Into Employee-Ownership

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
So we have all heard of John Lewis, but did you know it is employee-owned? And what does this actually mean? Follow Supreme Streets' journey...

Jeremy Corbyn: Not a totally fantastic economist

Jeremy Corbyn: Not a totally fantastic economist Creative commons image Credit: See Li under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
Jeremy Corbyn is fighting for the Labour leadership with an economic programme tempered by realism, says Alan Shipman

Budget 2015: How welfare cuts softened the blow to public services

Budget 2015: How welfare cuts softened the blow to public services Copyright free image Credit: National Archives
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Alan Shipman shares his thoughts on the Budget 2015 and the chancellor's promise of a "higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare economy".

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond Creative commons image Credit: markhillary under CC-BY
Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A range of reactions to George Osborne's Summer 2015 budget, ranging from the impact on adoption, through defence, to questions of work, tax and...

Baffled by the budget?

Baffled by the budget? Creative commons image Credit: By altogetherfool via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jul 2015
George Osbourne has announced the first Conservative budget in almost 20 years. Are you confused by the lingo? Try our content and get to...

Cuts to make the Mail wince - but not yet

Cuts to make the Mail wince - but not yet Creative commons image Credit: markhillary under CC-BY
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2015
Looking forward to this morning's budget, Michael Kitson suggests core Tory voters won't feel much pain. Not yet, anyway.

The Power of No: No, sweet no

The Power of No: No, sweet no Creative commons image Credit: Fee Plumley under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jul 2015
The astounding No vote that swept every part of Greece will take time to digest and understand and its meaning also depends on how the Europeans...

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Aug 2015
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Jun 2015
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Introducing corporate finance

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Introducing corporate finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

Organisations and management accounting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 May 2014
This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 May 2014
This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification, risk measurement and risk management are...

The financial markets context

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The financial markets context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
How do financial markets match providers with users, and how efficiently does the market determine prices? Can investors rely on notoriously...

You and your money

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You and your money Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Apr 2012
An important aspect of personal finance is the way individuals and households manage their debt, how much it costs and the different types of...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 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...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 23 Oct 2015
This short course will give you a good grounding in double-entry bookkeeping and the production of basic financial statements, and an introduction...

Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version

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Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This practical course from our Professional Certificate in Management programme covers topics in marketing and finance through activities and...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty.