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Talk the Talk: Taking it further

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Updated 19 Jun 2014
Explore our tips and resources to help you to create and deliver confident presentations and speeches.

The Art of Rich Pictures

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The Art of Rich Pictures Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 18 Sep 2012
How can the drawing of images aid communication? How can they help us in business, in our everyday and personal lives? Rich Pictures is a term used...

What is autism?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2012
There's a lot of confusion about what autism is. Ilona Roth and Rosa Hoekstra offer an easy-to-understand overview.

Interests, skills and talents

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2012
OU experts Ilona Roth and Rosa Hoekstra describe the different talents that can sometimes be associated with autism, and also dispel some myths...

Having a go

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Having a go Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
The key to successful intercultural communication is very simple: just get out there and give it a go!

When words do not matter

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When words do not matter Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Body language, gestures, willingness to communicate and share knowledge can get you a long way when you do not speak each other’s language.

When words do matter

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When words do matter Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Gestures and body language can only get you so far. Sooner or later, you will find yourself in a situation in which verbal language actually...

Competent speakers

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
People who speak a foreign language very well never stop learning and use a variety of communication strategies. Watch the experts at work.

The language of sharing

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The language of sharing Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Communication brings people together. Sharing through language, food, music and drink is at the core of human relationships.

Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication

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Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Explore the challenges and rewards of communicating with people from other cultures as you follow the Hairy Bikers and the programme producers...

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Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Understanding children: Babies being heard Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
Here you will find out some of the things very young babies can do. You will also discover how babies can contribute to family life and...

Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century

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Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Aug 2013
This unit provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance...

Retail marketing

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Jul 2013
This unit explores how retailers use marketing to communicate with their customers, considering definitions of retailing and consumers, the basics...

Introducing ICT systems

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This unit will explain what constitutes such a system...

ICTs in everyday life

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This unit will enable you to gain an...

Diversity and difference in communication

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Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
Are you about to undertake a PhD in science, technology or mathematics? If so, this unit will help you to examine your work processes. You will...

Key skill assessment: Communication

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Key skill assessment: Communication Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 50 hours Updated 29 Jul 2012
Communication is part of everyone's life. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively – orally, visually and in writing – underpins nearly...

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Intermediate level Duration 16 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 in Social Care (England)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...