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Supporting female performance in sport and fitness free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Supporting female performance in sport and fitness

Do you support women’s performance in sport or fitness as a coach or parent? Are you a female athlete who wants to optimise your performance using recent research insights? If so, then this free course is for you. It addresses the problem of sports science research traditionally being male dominated and the assumption that if it works for men ...

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24 hrs
Promoting the effective management of children’s pain free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Promoting the effective management of children’s pain

This free course will focus on the promotion of effective management of children’s pain, through the use of a pain management framework. The information presented will enable you to gain knowledge and insight into evidence-based practice, in relation to delivering effective pain management for children.

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4 hrs
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Critically exploring psychology free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Critically exploring psychology

This free course introduces you to critical thinking as a tool for psychology. As you work your way through the course you will learn what critical thinking is, and why it is important to use in the study of psychology. In particular, it will help you to think about how to use it when doing independent research. This OpenLearn course is an...

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3 hrs
Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations free course icon Level

Education & Development

Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations

This free course was made in the summer of 2021 in the aftermath of street disturbances in working class areas of Northern Ireland. It was produced with young people from Belfast and local community activists, for young people aged 14+. The course aims to help young people think about what community means to them; to identify issues they are...

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12 hrs
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The business of football free course icon Level

Money & Business

The business of football

This free course, The business of football, was produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by men's and women's football and interested in discovering more about business and management, then this engaging and stimulating course is for you.

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15 hrs
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Applying social work law with children and families free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Applying social work law with children and families

This course will introduce you to the law as it applies to social work with children and families in the United Kingdom. You will learn about varying definitions of childhood and family and then explore underpinning principles of the law relating to child rights and parental responsibilities. You will look at the key legislation relating to ...

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5 hrs
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Social work law and UK regulation free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Social work law and UK regulation

Social workers have significant powers, rights and responsibilities in their professional role. The law has a vital role in the regulation of professional practice, and such regulation is important to social workers, as it provides clear boundaries for their practice. Boundaries also provide the public with confidence in the profession. It is ...

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5 hrs
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An introduction to social work law free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

An introduction to social work law

This course will get you to consider your initial perceptions of the social work role before exploring what social workers do in their day-to-day practice with people. It will highlight the core values of the social work profession and consider the challenges of applying these values in practice. The course will explore the relationship ...

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5 hrs
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MSE’s Academy of Money free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

MSE’s Academy of Money

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities the course covers all the key aspects of personal finance in six sessions of study that each take around two hours to complete.

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12 hrs
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So, you want to be a nurse? A brief introduction to nursing free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

So, you want to be a nurse? A brief introduction to nursing

This free course, So you want to be a nurse? A brief introduction to nursing, provides an overview of what nursing entails. Focusing on nursing in the UK specifically, but also looking at its place globally, you will learn about the four fields of nursing in the UK, what nurse training involves, as well as what makes a great nurse. This ...

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6 hrs
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Developing career resilience free course icon Level Badge icon

Money & Business

Developing career resilience

Do you sometimes wish you were more resilient when faced with changes at work? Do you have career plans but feel unsure about progressing with them? If you do, then this free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to build your resilience and approach career-related change with greater confidence and motivation.

Free course
24 hrs
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Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role

Are you a carer? Or do you work with a carer, or know someone who one? This free course, Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role, is designed to give an insight into the demands, both physically and mentally, of the caring role and look at how taking part in physical activity can offer benefits to the health and wellbeing ...

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6 hrs