This qualification will enable you to make a real difference within your management practice through active use of frameworks, theories and tools. It will help you to develop a good grounding in the theory and practice of managing and leading, covering the core functions and disciplines of management and helping you make the connections between them. It also provides a framework for a year-long process of professional development. You'll be challenged to actively engage with a wide variety of ideas and develop a repertoire of techniques and approaches best suited to your own situation and management context.
This certificate may change the way you think about the situations you face. You'll learn to think more holistically, taking account the interconnectedness of all components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively with others in the situation. You'll find out how to relate the ideas of key systems thinkers to your own practice. The discipline of systems thinking gives you the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations; to assess the relationships of different components within a situation; to consider the roles different stakeholders play in the situation including yourself as a systems thinking practitioner; to recognise that each person brings with them their own perspective on a situation and to work with those multiple perspectives.
In a fast-changing world the social sciences seek answers to the big questions we face as a society. Those answers inform the work of anyone needing to base their decisions on the best available evidence ? civil servants, policy makers, business executives and many more. Half of your studies will be interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in knowledge and ideas central to the social sciences. For the other half, you can specialise in criminology, economics, geography, politics, philosophy, psychology, religious studies or sociology, or you can choose a combination of modules that most suits your interests. Whatever path you take, you will acquire valuable transferable skills opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
This certificate introduces key ideas in statistics. Gain the skills to explore, summarise and analyse data to solve practical problems. Appreciate the breadth of statistical applications and of the role of variability in today's world. And learn to recognise the limitation of statistical analyses. You'll also use a range of statistical software.
Understand how people learn mathematics and gain insight into different teaching approaches. We designed this unique degree with those interested in teaching mathematics ? or in education more generally ? in mind. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematics and statistics teaching. And broaden your ideas about what it means to learn and teach these subjects. You'll also gain a good grounding in mathematics (pure and applied) and statistics. You can focus your studies on either discipline alongside mathematics education.
English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. On this course you'll study an exciting range of texts from many different periods and settings, including novels, drama and poetry, and discover an exciting variety of approaches for reading and interpreting them. You'll develop your skills of analysis and communication which will enable you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.
In this diploma you'll discover how social scientists answer some of today's most pressing questions and how they find evidence to test their ideas and theories. Through investigating topics such as consumption, parenting, and globalisation, you'll explore the way our lives are shaped by individuals, groups and institutions By the end of your studies, you'll have changed the way you look at the world forever and gained a range of valuable analytical and evaluative skills, opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
This certificate provides the basic skills you need for further study in mathematics and statistics, and is ideal if you need some mathematics to underpin your studies in other areas. You'll be introduced to pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics; using mathematical software; working with abstract ideas; and modelling real-world problems using mathematics.
This certificate will help you to understand some of the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques underlying computing and IT while integrating mathematical ideas into your everyday thinking. Technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play ? and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential in today's workplace. This certificate will give you a starting point for a wide variety of IT-related careers.
This certificate explores ideas about what social work is. You'll use case studies with children, older people, mental health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. It also builds key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.
In this module you'll be investigating what political ideas are, how they are generated and the impact they have locally, nationally and internationally in shaping our world. You'll see how political ideas are studied, ------ their significance and discover which thinkers and theorists best help us explore and understand the modern political world. In doing so, you'll be encouraged to draw on your own independent study of political ideas and political thinkers. You'll become equipped with the key practical skills needed to carry out research, draw on critical reflection and learn more of the writing and evaluative skills used to explore and evaluate political ideas.
The new geographies of prosperity, poverty and inequality are creating complex challenges for development activists, practitioners and academics around the world. Meeting these challenges requires advanced understanding, innovative ideas and critical thinking. If you want to build these capacities, then this module is for you.