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Can I use 'we' and 'I' in my essay? Introducing corpus linguistics

Introductory level Duration Updated 20 Jan 2014
An introduction to using a corpus to get answers in linguistics.

Learning to Teach

Learning to Teach
Introductory level Duration Updated 07 May 2013
Would you give up a successful broadcasting career to become a teacher? What are the challenges facing modern teachers? Becoming a teacher requires...

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Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn
Introductory level Duration Updated 16 Jun 2014
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range...

Creativity and innovation

Creativity and innovation
Masters level Duration Updated 04 Jun 2014
This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause...

Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward

Learning to learn: Reflecting backward, reflecting forward
Introductory level Duration Updated 01 Apr 2014
This unit give you an opportunity to review what you have learned, and allow you to think about how you will take forward what you have learned,...

Learning to learn: Planning for personal change

Learning to learn: Planning for personal change
Introductory level Duration Updated 01 Apr 2014
Explores academic theories and acts as a guide to help you establish where you want to go and what you want to achieve. You are encouraged to...

Learning to learn: Exploring learning

Learning to learn: Exploring learning
Introductory level Duration Updated 01 Apr 2014
Here we encourage you to consider two additional perspectives that can illuminate your learning. The first is the perspective that other people you...

Learning to learn: You and your learning

Learning to learn: You and your learning
Introductory level Duration Updated 31 Mar 2014
In this unit, the focus is on the perspective that you have on your own learning. However, as you gather evidence about this perspective, we hope...

Essay and report writing skills

Essay and report writing skills
Introductory level Duration Updated 18 Dec 2013
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. This unit is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for...

Reading and note taking - preparation for study

Reading and note taking - preparation for study
Introductory level Duration Updated 11 Dec 2013
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This unit will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter...

Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn
Introductory level Duration Updated 10 Dec 2013
Learning how to learn: a process we all engage in throughout our lives, but no single method of learning guarantees success. This unit aims to make...

Extending and developing your thinking skills

Extending and developing your thinking skills
Introductory level Duration Updated 10 Dec 2013
Diagrams, mind-maps, tables, graphs, time lines, flow charts, sequence diagrams, decision trees: all can be used to organise thought. This unit...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

Duration Updated 29 Jul 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 Sport, Fitness and Management

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
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...