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Financial accounting and reporting free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Financial accounting and reporting

This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting information. It also looks at the role performed by accountants and notes the need to be aware of relevant regulatory and conceptual frameworks.

Free course
12 hrs
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Key skills assessment unit: Application of number free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Key skills assessment unit: Application of number

Numerical and mathematical skills are used to describe and tackle a wide range of problems. These key skills are about understanding when particular techniques should be used, how to carry them out accurately and which techniques should be applied in particular situations. Developing your numerical, graphical and algebraic skills means being able to plan how you are going to use your skills over a period of time, monitoring your progress and then reviewing your approach. In this free course, Key skills assessment unit: Application of number, you will learn to use and adapt your skills confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts.

Free course
50 hrs
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The role of the manager free course icon Level

Money & Business 

The role of the manager

This free course, The role of the manager, examines the manager role in theory and in practice. You will begin by considering two classic theories on the role of the manager, written about in The Manager's Good Study Guide, to ------ how relevant they are for your current work. You will then be asked to examine the work of managers in a range of other organisations using video excerpts from the BBC World News series Escape from the Boardroom.

Free course
4 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Coaching others to coach

Are you responsible for supporting sport and physical activity coaches to become inspirational and excellent in their practice? This course is designed for coach developers, educators, mentors and tutors who support coaches to improve. You will explore how people learn, what are the skills and qualities of an effective coach of coaches, as well appreciate how to ask powerful questions and listen actively. You will consider the processes associated with resolving difficult situations where differences of opinion -----, how to measure success and provide constructive feedback. By the end of this course you should feel more confident in your ability to support colleagues and help them to become even better at what they do.

Free course
24 hrs
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Mastering systems thinking in practice free course icon Level 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 about complex and messy situations, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively

Free course
24 hrs
Astronomy with an online telescope free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Astronomy with an online telescope

This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains. You will develop a hands-on understanding of telescopic observations using the Open University’s 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 and/or the use of robotic telescopes this course provides a practical introduction and will prepare you for further OU study where remotely operable telescopes feature. 

Free course
24 hrs
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Fundamentals of accounting free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Fundamentals of accounting

Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the fundamental purpose and role of accounting as well as the double-entry rules that are the foundation of all financial records and reports in any modern business.

Free course
8 hrs
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Three principles of a coaching approach free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Three principles of a coaching approach

This course provides a good sense for three of the core skills required of an effective coach. Whether or not you recognise the use of a 'coaching approach' in your workplace, you will be able to use the learning in the course to enhance your day-to-day interactions in your workplace.

Free course
2 hrs
Social care in the community free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Social care in the community

Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision. This free course, Social care in the community, focuses on one important area of social care, home care for older people.

Free course
3 hrs
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Presenting information free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Presenting information

Tables and charts are a great way to present numerical information in a clear and concise form. This free course, Presenting information, explains how to use the Windows calculator to carry out basic operations and calculate percentages. You will then learn how to use charts and tables to represent and interpret information.

Free course
3 hrs
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What is strategy? free course icon Level

Money & Business 

What is strategy?

Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course, What is strategy?, focuses on practitioner views of strategy. You will learn about application of its major theoretical advances in professional life. The course provides definitions of the concept of strategy and strategy-related vocabulary and examines Mintzberg's five Ps framework.

Free course
5 hrs
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An introduction to public leadership free course icon Level

Money & Business 

An introduction to public leadership

In this free course, An introduction to public leadership, you will learn more about leadership in the context of public service provision, by public sector organisations, community and voluntary groups, and political bodies.

Free course
9 hrs
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