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Skills for study

Skills for study New content
Introductory level Updated 29 Jan 2016
Thinking about studying for the first time or after a long time away? Refresh your skills and prepare for success with these free courses.

Small Business Saturday and The Open University Business School

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Dec 2015
The annual celebration of the businesses which power the economy takes place each December - and the OUBS is proud to support the event.

Make it Digital

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Introductory level Updated 07 Aug 2015
To celebrate the BBC's Make It Digital season, which includes three co-productions with The Open University, we have collated together a wide array...

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Essay and report writing skills

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment...

Human resources: recruitment and selection

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a...

Succeed in the workplace

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the...

Learning to Learn

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Introductory level Duration 80 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free course, Learning to learn, is a friendly starting point...

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will...

Facilitating group discussions

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Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 20 Aug 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at...

The importance of interpersonal skills

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This free course, The importance...

What is good writing?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This free course, What is good writing?, will help you to realise that essays are...

Reading

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 04 Sep 2014
Reading is an essential skill for all of us and developing our skills in reading is a good investment. This free course is packed with practical...

Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Jun 2014
This free course, Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward, gives you an opportunity to review what you have learned, and allow...

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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 10 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...

Towards chartership: professional development for engineers

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Towards chartership: professional development for engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 150 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module develops reflective and key skills, and promotes the personal and professional skills necessary to the education and career of an...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 11 Aug 2016
This online, work-based course explores the importance of promoting health and  reflects on the contexts of practice and development of knowledge,...

Foundations for effective practice in youth justice

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Foundations for effective practice in youth justice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights that make up the foundations of effective practice in the field of youth justice.

Environmental management 2

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Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...

MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in medicinal chemistry, developing essential skills...

Earth science

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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module is an introduction to the fundamentals of geology, which includes basic aspects of Earth science and geological field and practical...

Environmental monitoring and protection

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Environmental monitoring and protection Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 30 Sep 2016
This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate...

Key skills for professional engineers

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Key skills for professional engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 150 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module develops and assesses your reflective and key skills, leading you towards corporate membership of an engineering institution and...

Learning through enquiry in primary schools

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Learning through enquiry in primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Update your knowledge and understanding of how primary-age children learn and develop your skills in observing, evaluating and supporting children...