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How large is the UK alternative finance sector?

How large is the UK alternative finance sector? Creative commons image Jim Linwood under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
New research estimates the size of non-mainstream financial activity at over three billion pounds - and although growth is starting to slow, the...

Are things changing in world rugby?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
The Rugby World Cup 2015 - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose? Kath Woodward discusses the social side of sport.

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...

Introducing Fiscal Responsibility and Monetary Policy

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Updated 28 May 2014
Alan Shipman introduces the video collection where leading economists summarise their views on fiscal responsibility and competing approaches to...

OU on the BBC: Bankers - Episode 1

OU on the BBC: Bankers - Episode 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Updated 26 Apr 2013
The Bankers series kicks off with the inside story of the scandal that ripped through the banking industry last summer and took down Bob Diamond

OU on the BBC: Bankers

OU on the BBC: Bankers Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Updated 26 Apr 2013
Bankers is a brand new series which will lift the lid on the recent banking crisis while asking: can we turn back the clock? 

OU on the BBC: The Love of Money

OU on the BBC: The Love of Money Copyrighted image Copyright: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Sep 2009
Uncovering the story of the financial crisis, and exposing the causes.

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Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property...

The three-way catalytic converter

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The three-way catalytic converter Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
This free course is concerned primarily with the chemistry that underpins the operation of the three-way catalytic converter that is placed in the...

Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Financial strategy and private finance initiative

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Financial strategy and private finance initiative Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Jun 2009
Does a hospital have to be owned and managed by the same sector that provides its services? In the early 1990s, the Private Finance Initiative was...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Business

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Diploma of Higher Education in Business Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
How are businesses organised? How do they develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? And how do these factors impact on a business...

Foundation Degree in Business

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Foundation Degree in Business Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
How are businesses organised? How do they develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? And how do these factors impact on a business...

BA (Honours) Leadership and Management

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BA (Honours) Leadership and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This degree course provides an innovative and accessible introduction to leadership and management in business, and explores their impact on...

Professional communication skills for business studies

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Professional communication skills for business studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop specialised communication skills for business studies while enhancing your understanding of areas like human resource management; finance...

Business functions in context

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Business functions in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
A practice-based course about how five essential organisational functions – human resources; marketing; operations management; information...

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 22 Aug 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...

Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version

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Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This practical course from our Professional Certificate in Management programme covers topics in marketing and finance through activities and...

Introduction to corporate finance

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Introduction to corporate finance Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016 Register by 21 Oct 2016
This module provides a grounding in the core areas of corporate finance and enables you to gain a basis to build specialist financial expertise.