Key skills - making a difference
Key skills - making a difference

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Key skills - making a difference

8.5.2 Identify options that have a chance of success

Explore and compare the options available to you. Be critically aware of the different factors such as technical, commercial, political, academic or personal interests that may influence your choice of options.

How will you arrive at those solutions most likely to meet the agreed conditions for success? In comparing possible approaches you might use:

  • decision-making techniques: developing and applying a decision tree to help you select appropriate methods; seeking and gaining support, co-operation and advice from interested parties; reviewing the effectiveness of previous solutions;

  • risk analysis: adopting or developing a risk model and using it to review methods, constraints, obstacles and disadvantages; clarifying and assessing the risks involved to individuals or the environment as a result of a particular course of action; assessing the acceptability or otherwise of particular risks;

  • resources: ensuring that necessary resources are available and that you are permitted to use them; identifying alternative approaches if the resources or your access to them change.

Time out

Note in your Skills File how you chose the options to follow up, and the final choice you made. Do any of your approaches have additional benefits or a wider impact?


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371