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What will Brexit mean for your personal finances?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The global economy is shuddering at the news that the UK public have voted to leave the EU. But what does it mean for your personal economy? The OU...

The UK votes out: Instant reaction

The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of...

OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2016
The Swiss were offered a basic income for everyone. How did they react? Then more free learning across the day.

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.

Banking crimes without end

Banking crimes without end Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 May 2016
Has the UK financial sector become the 'serial offender' of corporate crimes with mis-selling of products like PPI and pensions...

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago Creative commons image By Philafrenzy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 May 2016
To continue the celebrations around OpenLearn's 10th birthday, here's a list of ten billion dollar companies that didn't exist ten years ago. 

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou explains why. 

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Updated 07 Apr 2016
Start here for some general information about the UK's upcoming EU Referendum.

OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Making sense of the Panama Papers; and the handheld device that changed the way we live - although not straight away. Free learning from...

What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient?

What does scientific evidence tell us about making our homes energy efficient? Creative commons image dunktanktechnician under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
There's lots of advice about how to save money by making your house more efficient. But how much of it is just - ho ho - hot air? Meet a man who...

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

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,...

Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This free course, Managing the European...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
This free course, Stakeholders in marketing and finance, comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
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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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains...

You and your money

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
An important aspect of personal finance is the way in which individuals and households manage their debt, how much it costs and the different types...

Equity finance

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Private equity, venture capital, stock exchange listing: all are methods of raising equity finance. This free course looks at the processes used...

Influences on accounting regulation

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Financial reporting is a complex issue. This free course, Influences on accounting regulation, looks at the historical development of financial...

Introduction to the context of accounting

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Revenue, profit and loss, balance sheets are these accounting terms that intimidate you? This free course, Introduction to the context of...

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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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Jun 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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Jun 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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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Jun 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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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 27 Jun 2016 Register by 25 Jul 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 27 Jun 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.

You and your money: personal finance in context

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You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Jun 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...