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Understanding organisational value free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Understanding organisational value

All organisations must find new ways that benefit both their stakeholders and society. This means constantly improving their processes, goods and services. In the 21st century, new ideals of collaboration, inclusion, and equality are challenging more narrow market-based notions. This free course, Understanding organisational value, will explore ...

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7 hrs
Planning a better future free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Planning a better future

Planning a better future is an introductory course for anyone considering changing jobs, wondering how to move up the ladder or return to work after a break, and those who might be looking to aspire to better things.

Free course
15 hrs
Cynllunio dyfodol gwell free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Cynllunio dyfodol gwell

Mae Cynllunio dyfodol gwell yn gwrs rhagarweiniol ar gyfer unrhyw un sy'n ystyried newid swydd, sydd eisiau gwybod sut i symud i fyny'r ysgol neu ddychwelyd i'r gwaith ar ôl seibiant, a rhai sy’n awyddus i anelu at bethau gwell.

Free course
15 hrs
Supporting children's development free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Supporting children's development

Supporting children’s development is an introductory course for anyone who is interested in children’s development, especially support staff in schools, such as teaching assistants. It builds on your knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of children from the early years to school leavers. You will be introduced to some core ...

Free course
15 hrs
Cefnogi datblygiad plant free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Cefnogi datblygiad plant

Mae Cefnogi datblygiad plant yn gwrs rhagarweiniol ar gyfer unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb yn natblygiad plant, yn enwedig staff cymorth mewn ysgolion, megis cynorthwywyr addysgu. Mae’n adeiladu ar eich gwybodaeth a’ch sgiliau er mwyn datblygu dealltwriaeth ddyfnach o blant - o’r blynyddoedd cynnar i oed gadael ysgol. Byddwch yn cael cyflwyniad...

Free course
15 hrs
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting, explains the fundamental rules of double-entry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance sheet and the profit and loss account.

Free course
8 hrs
Effective communication in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Effective communication in the workplace

This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the importance of communication as a skill in the workplace. It aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and to help you to consider how your communication could be perceived by others. You'll cover areas such as verbal and non-verbal communication, written ...

Free course
24 hrs
Scales in space and time free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Scales in space and time

Scale – dealing with the miniscule to the massive, over milliseconds to millennia – is central to all the sciences. In this free course, Scales in space and time, you’ll go to the absolute limits of what can be measured – all through a study of an oak tree! By studying it you will be introduced to concepts in physics, chemistry, biology and ...

Free course
12 hrs
Critical criminology and the social sciences free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Critical criminology and the social sciences

This free course, Critical criminology and the social sciences, will provide you with an insight into some of the main disciplines within the social sciences, focusing in particular on critical criminology. It will begin by outlining some of the defining characteristics of the social science disciplines of psychology, law, sociology and critical...

Free course
6 hrs
Making sense of ourselves free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Making sense of ourselves

This free course, Making sense of ourselves, introduces you to well-known psychological topics by asking and answering everyday questions, such as Why don’t we like one another? Why would I hang around with you? Do you see what I see? What’s the point of childhood? You’ll learn how psychologists can go about addressing these questions using ...

Free course
4 hrs
Discovering music: the blues free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Discovering music: the blues

This free course, Discovering music: the blues, will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today. You will learn about how the lyrics of blues songs reflect the social environment in which they were created, and about the musical techniques that underpin the ...

Free course
6 hrs
Exploring books for children: words and pictures free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Exploring books for children: words and pictures

Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales which fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds. To an adult’s eye, some picture books may seem remarkably simple, even oversimplified. However, in this free course, ...

Free course
8 hrs