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Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 May 2015
Learn how to get on top of your debts and gain a better understanding of banking terms with this interactive learning tool. 

Free course: Managing my investments

Free course: Managing my investments Copyrighted image Copyright: Aprescindere | Dreamstime.com
Updated 06 Mar 2015
OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Managing my...

The Great Fall: Business impact

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
What was the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on business in Europe?   

Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?

Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk? Creative commons image Mark Roy under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Oct 2014
Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?...

The energy dilemma

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election? 

What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

What happens when you try to put a value on everything? Copyrighted image Copyright: King Ho Yim | Dreamstime.com
Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on how we do politics?

Baffled by Bitcoin

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Updated 14 Mar 2014
The magic of the world’s first ‘crypto currency’ is still lost on most monetary experts, writes Alan Shipman.

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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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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
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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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
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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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Jan 2016
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
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Dec 2015
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 05 Jan 2015
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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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
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 06 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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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 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 06 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 06 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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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 06 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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 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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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 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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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 06 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 06 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 06 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...