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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you? Personal Health Budgets or PHBs are the next major step towards...

Management and the unconscious mind

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Management and the unconscious mind Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Nov 2013
How can the unconscious mind influence management styles? Is rational thinking a pre-requisite for good ideas? The human brain is an incredibly...

Looking through the glass floor

Looking through the glass floor Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 14 Mar 2012
John Grayson works with the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action group (SYMAAG). As private security firms hit the news, he writes about how...

The Bottom Line - Cars and money

The Bottom Line - Cars and money Creative commons image Credit: jon's pics under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2012
Evan Davis and guests consider the problems of making cars, and the problem of how much money certain people make.

Learning at Work Day 2011

Learning at Work Day 2011 Copyrighted image Credit: Adult Learners Week
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2011
Learning at Work Day is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning (CfL) as part of Adult Learners' Week. Delve into these...

Introducing Richard Sennett

Introducing Richard Sennett Creative commons image Credit: Ars Electronica under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Apr 2011
The polymath Richard Sennett offers new ways of thinking about how society produces, consumes and the way we work now.

OU on the BBC: Justice: Freedom Versus Fit

OU on the BBC: Justice: Freedom Versus Fit Creative commons image Credit: thecareersgroup under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2011
If there's a place for us in society into which we fit best, does that mean we have any choice in what we do?

Leslie Budd on... being seen to do nothing

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Leslie Budd on... being seen to do nothing Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2010
For some, it's not enough to have time off, you have to be seen doing nothing.

Susy Wandera's story

Susy Wandera's story Creative commons image Credit: Community / CC BY-SA 2.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Dec 2009
Explore the personal side of climate change with Susy Wandera's diary entry.

Sensory augmentation devices

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Sensory augmentation devices Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
How can new technology help you to play a new musical instrument? The E-Sense research programme is experimenting with novel augmentation devices...

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Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Remaking the relations of work and welfare

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Remaking the relations of work and welfare Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 13 Jul 2011
How do ‘welfare to work’ programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives? This unit looks at how participation...

Wales: Culture and identity

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Wales: Culture and identity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Mar 2011
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

Communication in health and social care

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Communication in health and social care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill health or disability, care providers' ability to communicate is...

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Diploma in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 4800 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Enhancing your healthcare practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015 Register by 13 Aug 2015
This online, work-based course explores the importance of promoting health and  reflects on the contexts of practice and development of knowledge,...

Youth: policy in practice

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Youth: policy in practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and analytical skills you need to work proactively within the youth...

Leading work with young people in practice

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Leading work with young people in practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
This hands-on, work-based course focuses on effective leadership and management practice in working with young people, and develops your practical...