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Managing and managing people free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Managing and managing people

This free course, Managing and managing people, will introduce you to the world of management. We will be looking at a range of topics, including what managers do, what skills they require, and how you can develop as a manager.

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8 hrs
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Understanding and managing risk free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Understanding and managing risk

This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification, risk measurement and risk management are explored. The course then goes on to examine reputational risk and operational risk. It concludes with an examination of the subject of behavioural finance and ...

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20 hrs
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Sure, I know how to talk to people! free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Sure, I know how to talk to people!

This free course is one in a series focusing on leadership, decision-making and communication in the context of policing within the community. This particular session focuses on communication skills and specifically looks at how to build rapport and get the most out of conversations in community settings. It introduces a psychological model ...

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4 hrs
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Introducing the voluntary sector free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Introducing the voluntary sector

This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as ...

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24 hrs
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The digital scholar free course icon level 2: intermediate icon Badge icon

Education & Development

The digital scholar

Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open practices. It is when digital, networked and open intersect that transformational practice occurs. In this free course, The digital scholar, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on ...

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24 hrs
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Understanding mortgages free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Understanding mortgages

Understanding mortgages is a free, short course produced in collaboration with MoneySavingExpert.com.

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2 hrs
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Financial accounting and reporting free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Financial accounting and reporting

--- Please note: This is course is due to be archived on Wednesday 21st December. You can study the course up until this date. For learners who have completed the course, the Statement of Participation will remain in your learner records in your OpenLearn profile. --- This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how ...

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12 hrs
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Exploring anxiety free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring anxiety

This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the ...

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9 hrs
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Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing

Everyone needs a place they call home and housing costs are usually your largest outgoing. Many aspire to buy, but rising house prices, while good news for existing owners, put homeownership beyond the reach of others. This free course, Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing, addresses some of the most important decisions that ...

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8 hrs
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Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness free course icon level 1: introductory 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 ...

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24 hrs
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Making creativity and innovation happen free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Making creativity and innovation happen

The trailer below explores one aspect that will be covered in the course: the paradox of choice.

Free course
10 hrs
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Mastering systems thinking in practice free course icon level 3: advanced icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mastering systems thinking in practice

This free course, Mastering systems thinking in practice, provides a primer for someone wanting to take the postgraduate qualifications in Systems Thinking in Practice. It will help you develop new ways of thinking about and approaching situations that cross multiple discipline and skill boundaries. You will learn to think more holistically ...

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24 hrs