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When is the best time to buy plane tickets?

When is the best time to buy plane tickets? Copyright free image Copyright free: Arivaran
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2015
Myths and systems claiming to help you get the best possible deal on airline tickets abound. But what's the truth? How should you time your...

The 2015 Autumn Statement: First responses

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
Experts give a first reaction to George Osborne's 2015 Spending Review and the Autumn Statement.

Why has the welfare cap become so complex?

Why has the welfare cap become so complex? Creative commons image CAFOD under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
George Osborne's changes to his welfare cap in the July 2015 budget have made a simple measure almost too complex, say Christine Whitehead and Emma...

What is the 2015 Autumn Statement all about?

What is the 2015 Autumn Statement all about? Creative commons image Mrgarethm under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Nov 2015
The OU's Alan Shipman offers a guide to the things to watch for when George Osborne presents his autumn statement this Wednesday.

Why is there a tax on tampons - and why is it so hard to make sanitary protection tax free?

Why is there a tax on tampons - and why is it so hard to make sanitary protection tax free? Creative commons image Dave Morice under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
A decision taken back in the 1970s means 21st Century women are being taxed for their gender. But, says Michael J Randall, fixing things isn't that...

Greece: Where now, again? Thomas Piketty responds to Sunday's election result

Greece: Where now, again? Thomas Piketty responds to Sunday's election result Creative commons image Universitat Pompeu Fabra under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2015
On Sunday [20-09-15], voters in Greece gave Alexis Tsipras and Syriza a new mandate in Greece. The economist Thomas Piketty answers questions on...

Have we got Wonga wrong? A defence of payday loans

Have we got Wonga wrong? A defence of payday loans Creative commons image The Network for Police Monitoring under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 03 Sep 2015
The case against payday lenders has been made solidly over the last few years, and some have tried to clean up their businesses. Christopher Mallon...

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis Creative commons image Jörg Rüger under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Nine leading academics were given the chance to put their questions to the man who - for six months - was Greece's finance minister. Here's what...

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
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?

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Financial accounting and reporting

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This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making...

The financial markets context

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
How do financial markets match providers with users, and how efficiently does the market determine prices? Can investors rely on notoriously...

Introduction to the context of accounting

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Revenue, profit and loss, balance sheets are these accounting terms that intimidate you? This free course, Introduction to the context of...

Organisations and management accounting

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This free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure....

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
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This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification,...

Introducing corporate finance

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This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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This free course, Stakeholders in marketing and finance, comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Dec 2012
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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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Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 25 Apr 2016
This short course will give you a good grounding in double-entry bookkeeping and the production of basic financial statements, and an introduction...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty.

Development of financial practice

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Development of financial practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 07 Jan 2016
If you already have a relevant financial qualification, this course allows you to build on your existing professional learning and experience to...