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Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport and gyms. We often hear employers refer to the importance of these interpersonal relationships or ‘soft skills’ in sport and fitness, and in this unique course you’ll build valuable insights into understanding workplace communication, motivation and self-awareness and how this can increase your effectiveness and enhance how you work with others. All this is made possible by some unique film footage of coaches, trainers and instructors at work combined with engaging learning activities that accompany these case studies to benefit both your career and those you work with.

Free course
24 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Telling Tales: what is happening on police Facebook sites?

Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the truth and who is being dishonest? Find out in our interactive...

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TV, Radio & Events 

The Bottom Line 2019

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Radio Programme
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Money & Business 

Managing my money for young adults

This free course, Managing my money for young adults, will help you start to think about managing your finances. You will learn how to budget effectively, and will be encouraged to start thinking about your financial future.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

5 things you might like to know about the Bank of England

The Bank of England is the central bank of the UK, but do you know anything about it? Take a look at these 5 facts...

Article
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TV, Radio & Events 

The Bottom Line 2019

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Radio Programme
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Education & Development 

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.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

The digital revolution for academic integrity has already begun

Blended and online education have become increasingly popular in the last decade due to their flexibility and affordability. However, how can institutions ensure reliable and fair assessment? Do students care whether their examination results are trusted?

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Education & Development 

An informal and friendly introduction to British Sign Language

As part of Deaf Awareness Week (6-12 May), The Open University Students Association has created a series of tutorials to introduce British Sign Language.

Video
20 mins
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Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport and gyms. We often hear employers refer to the importance of these interpersonal relationships or ‘soft skills’ in sport and fitness, and in this unique course you’ll build valuable insights into understanding workplace communication, motivation and self-awareness and how this can increase your effectiveness and enhance how you work with others. All this is made possible by some unique film footage of coaches, trainers and instructors at work combined with engaging learning activities that accompany these case studies to benefit both your career and those you work with.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Introduction to mental health science

These free, advanced level courses serve as an introduction to master’s level study in neurosciences and mental health.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

9 top tips on talking about sex… for young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition

Let's talk about sex! Dr Sarah Earle outlines 9 ways you can find out more about sex, intimacy and relationships if you have a life-limiting condition or disability.

Video
10 mins
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History & The Arts 

Introducing the philosophy of religion

In this free course, Introducing the philosophy of religion, Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical questions about them.

Free course
12 hrs
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History & The Arts 

World Snake Day: snakes in religion

To celebrate World Snake Day (16th July), the OU's Graham Harvey explores how snakes have slithered sinuously through sacred ceremonies and stories for many millennia.

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TV, Radio & Events 

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.

TV Programme
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Languages 

Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

This free course will develop and improve your speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for your work in the health, social care and education sector.

Free course
48 hrs
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Languages 

The Goldlist method: Learning vocabulary by writing it down

Are you struggling with a foreign language? Tired of flashcards and memorising glossaries? If so, the Goldlist method may help, all you need is a notebook and a pen!

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Languages 

The History of English in Ten Minutes

Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.

Video
20 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Eating for the environment

‘You are what you eat’, goes the old adage, but what you eat also has an impact on the environment. This free course, Eating for the environment, will explore the links between food, nutrition and environmental sustainability. It will start by exploring the diversity on your dinner plate and encourage you to reflect on it in relation to dietary choices and preferences of people around the world. It will explore the connections between food, culture and traditions, and the challenges in providing healthy and nutritious food to the world’s growing population. The course will examine innovative approaches to food that also help environmental sustainability.

Free course
8 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Valuing Nature, assessing its benefits and why we need to care

How can appreciating multiple benefits from nature help us to take care of it? What can you do to help?

Article
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TV, Radio & Events 

Life - with David Attenborough

David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

TV Programme
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression

This free advanced level course, Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety and depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions, exploring how these conditions relate to each other. You will also explore some of the more contemporary and controversial findings within the field.

Free course
3 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Explore Moon rocks collected from the first Moon landing

Use our Virtual Microscope to examine a selection of Moon rocks collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

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TV, Radio & Events 

A history of music and technology

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason explores the impact of technology on music throughout the years.

Radio Programme
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Rising China and Africa's development: oil free course icon Level 2 icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Rising China and Africa's development: oil

China has emerged as a global economic superpower over the past few decades. This has sparked intense academic and popular debate about the long-term implications of its continued growth. The expansion of China into African countries in pursuit of natural resources has incited particular controversy – does it spell increased cooperation between developing countries for mutual benefit or are Chinese practices largely exploitative, signalling a new phase of neo-colonialism? This free course, Rising China and Africa's development: oil, considers the impact of the rise of China on Africa’s development through the lens of oil production.

Free course
15 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Telling Tales: what is happening on police Facebook sites?

Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the truth and who is being dishonest? Find out in our interactive...

Article
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TV, Radio & Events 

Thinking Allowed 2019

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

Radio Programme