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  • Being an OU student

    The induction course for new OU students covering the essentials for starting your undergraduate studies

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Jul 2021

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    Forensic psychology

    In this free course Forensic psychology you will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    In this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can...
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    Understanding autism

    Learn about autism one of the most challenging longterm conditions of the century This free course Understanding autism introduces the autism spectrum how it is experienced by individuals and families and why it has become a global concern The course explains how understanding of the autism spectrum and approaches to diagnosis and care have evolved Key scientific approaches to studying autism are explained and illustrated alongside substantial use of different personal perspectives The course culminates with key topical issues such as autism in adulthood and missed diagnosis in women The course is suitable for all who need a clear authoritative overview and does not require prior knowledge of science or social science It uses text images and audiovisual media

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Apr 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 02 Apr 2020
    Learn about autism, one of the most challenging long-term conditions of the...
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    Succeeding in postgraduate study

    This free course Succeeding in postgraduate study will help you to become familiar with the requirements and demands of postgraduate study and to develop the skills and confidence to pursue your learning further

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    04 Nov 2019

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    This free course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will help you to become...
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    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 Youll cover areas such as verbal and nonverbal communication written communication and using your communication skills to overcome challenging situations

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Apr 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 07 Apr 2020
    This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the...
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    Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

    This free course Introduction to cyber security stay safe online will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life whether at home or work You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Oct 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Oct 2019
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    A tour of the cell

    This free course A tour of the cell contains a blend of text and a multimedia interactive component to look at the uniformity and diversity within cells Fundamental to understanding how cells work is a knowledge of the subcellular components and how they are arranged This is introduced through a series of intext and selfassessment questions

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    22 Mar 2017

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 Mar 2017
    This free course, A tour of the cell, contains a blend of text and a multimedia...
  • The science of nutrition and healthy eating

    This free course The science of nutrition and healthy eating looks at the science behind nutrition covering aspects of biology chemistry and physics as well as giving some insight into healthier eating Reading food labels choosing healthier foods hydrating appropriately and understanding how we taste food will allow you to be more informed about the choices you make about the food you eat

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Apr 2020

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    The science of nutrition and healthy eating
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    This free course, The science of nutrition and healthy eating, looks at the...
  • Everyday maths 1

    This free course Everyday maths 1 is designed to bring your learning to life inspiring you to improve your current maths skills or helping you to remember any areas that you may have forgotten Working through the examples and interactive activities in this course will help you to among other things run a household or make progress in your career

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
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    English: skills for learning

    Develop the English reading and writing skills needed for university success

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Mar 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 04 Mar 2020
    Develop the English reading and writing skills needed for university success.
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    Developing career resilience

    This free course Developing career resilience will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jan 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Jan 2020
    This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the...
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    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 doubleentry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance sheet and the profit and loss account

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Apr 2020

  • Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Apr 2020
    Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping...
  • Everyday maths 2

    This free course Everyday maths 2 will build on your existing maths skills and help you to feel more confident tackling the maths you come across in everyday situations

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
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    Succeed with maths – Part 1

    Decode the mystery of maths and improve your confidence in its everyday uses

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Mar 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 25 Mar 2020
    Decode the mystery of maths, and improve your confidence in its everyday uses.
  • Astronomy with an online telescope

    By Dr Alan Cayless, Dr Jo Jarvis

    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains You will develop a handson understanding of telescopic observationsusing the Open Universitys own robotic telescope facility COAST sited on the island of Tenerife Supported by your own measurements we illustrate how stars evolve and study variable stars For those new to astronomy andor the use of robotic telescopes this course provides a practical introduction and will prepare you for further OU study where remotely operable telescopes feature

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Aug 2019

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    Astronomy with an online telescope
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 07 Aug 2019
    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide...
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    Understanding operations management

    Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations This free course Understanding operations management will provide you with a basic framework for understanding this function whether producing goods or services or in the private public or voluntary sectors In addition this OpenLearn course discusses the role of operations managers and the importance of focusing on suppliers and customers

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2019

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    Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This...
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    Discovering chemistry

    Chemistry lies at the centre of our modern life playing a part in areas as diverse as the development of new drugs and materials analysing our environment through to more mundane activities such as washing your clothes and making your tea But to truly understand the role chemistry plays you need to have a sound grasp of a number of fundamental principles This free course Discovering chemistry introduces you to some of these concepts beginning with the idea that everything that you can see is made of building blocks called atoms This leads on to a look at the chemical elements and how they are arranged in the Periodic Table enabling chemists to rationalise patterns in their chemical and physical behaviour Next you will consider chemical reactions specifically how atoms combine with other atoms to form molecules and how molecules combine with other atoms or molecules to form bigger molecules You will meet simple tried and tested theories to explain the bonding in molecules and at how their shapes may be explained and indeed predicted And in a wider sense youll be looking at why reactions happen at all and how fast they go This is also a beginners level course in the language of the chemist youll learn about symbols formulas and how chemical equations which represent reactions are constructed Finally you will see how chemists count atoms and molecules essential for making up solutions of a known concentration in order to carry out a reaction or performing a chemical analysis

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Mar 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 Mar 2020
    Chemistry lies at the centre of our modern life, playing a part in areas as...
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    Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

    Do you have a professional or personal interest in the mental health issues affecting young children Are you working with children or are you a parent or carer This free course Supporting childrens mental health and wellbeing is designed to give insight into the factors that are contributing to our youngest citizens poor mental health examining factors from a national and global perspective By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge about strategies and interventions that will help you to understand how you can support childrens mental health and improve their wellbeing

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Oct 2020

  • Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 01 Oct 2020
    Do you have a professional or personal interest in the mental health issues...
  • Learn to code for data analysis

    This free course will teach you how to write your own computer programs one line of code at a time Youll learn how to access open data clean and analyse it and produce visualisations You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses privately or publicly

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Learn to code for data analysis

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    Learn to code for data analysis
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line...
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    Attachment in the early years

    This free course Attachment in the early years covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood In the 1950s John Bowlby was the first person to develop a theory about the significance of early attachments between caregivers and very young children His work has stimulated a massive and very productive field of research with important implications for childcare This OpenLearn course describes Bowlbys theory and the work that has built on it illustrated with video recordings of the assessment of attachment in a laboratory setting and a talk by an eminent attachment researcher

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    Free course

    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2019

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    Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2019
    This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the...
  • Everyday English 1

    This free course Everyday English 1 will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening reading and writing skills for work study and everyday life

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Everyday English 1

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    Everyday English 1
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Everyday English 1, will develop and improve your essential...
  • Introduction to child psychology

    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating In this free course Introduction to child psychology you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood These questions include What influences childrens development and How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood As you work through this material you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audiovisual materials

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Mar 2020

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    Introduction to child psychology
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Mar 2020
    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is...
  • How to learn a language

    By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar, Tita Beaven

    Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully This free course How to learn a language introduces the skills and strategies for language learning setting realistic goals when learning languages and keeping motivated practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies It will enable you to evaluate resources and create a virtual immersion environment

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Mar 2020

  • How to learn a language

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    How to learn a language
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 27 Mar 2020
    Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully. This...
  • Legal skills and debates in Scotland

    This free course Legal skills and debates in Scotland considers how laws are interpreted and applied It looks at legislation court judgments argument judicial reasoning and rights It also explores the relationship between societys values and the laws which it supports and how policy and rights influence development of law

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jun 2020

  • Legal skills and debates in Scotland

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    Legal skills and debates in Scotland
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 18 Jun 2020
    This free course, Legal skills and debates in Scotland, considers how laws are...
  • Everyday English 2

    This free course Everyday English 2 will inspire you to improve your current English skills and help you to communicate more effectively in everyday work and life

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Everyday English 2

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    Everyday English 2
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Everyday English 2, will inspire you to improve your current...
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