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Mode: Part-time

Time: 6 - 9 months

This page provides a selection of fee-paying courses across a variety of subjects specifically aimed at policing. They can give you credit towards a qualification and are aimed at all levels of Police Officers and staff. These courses can be used to improve knowledge within a specific subject of interest, develop professional skills and expertise, and support confidence and performance. Each course can be studied independently, or combined over time to form an Open University (OU) Certificate, Diploma or Degree. This provides you with flexibility in exploring specific areas of interest and providing you with an experience of the OU style of learning.

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OU Courses for Policing

These fee-paying OU Courses are organised in collaboration with police partners, into categories of interest for all police officers and staff. All courses, except the short course, are credit bearing, which when combined form part of an OU qualification, (see Course Level below).

There are many more courses available than shown here, if you are looking for something different please see the full List of OU Courses, (credit bearing), or the List of OU Short Courses (non credit-bearing).

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  • An introduction to business and management

    This module provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to business and management in a globalised world. Through readings and international case studies you’ll explore a wide range of topics in contemporary business and management. Using a blend of text, audio video and interactive online activities, you’ll develop vital skills for study and for work in business, public or voluntary sector organisations.
    Tags: 
    Business and Management
    Finance and Accountanacy
    Business
    Management
    Finance
    Accountancy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    B100
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Business organisations and their environments

    This module is inspired by the ways in which organisations are conceived, function, survive and prosper. It is a practical module, grounded in your own experience of business organisations as an employee, customer or stakeholder, and is designed to develop your personal and professional practice. This module is taught mainly via the internet and you'll take part in an online collaboration with other students.
    Tags: 
    Business Organisations
    Environment
    Business
    Organisations
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    B201
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Developing a strategic view

    This course is for managers who are or are likely to be involved in the process of strategy in their organisation. It will cover strategic analysis, the identification and choice of strategic options and address the challenges and pitfalls of implementing strategy. It takes a dynamic and hands on approach and through activities and case studies. It will equip you with the tools and techniques to be effective in thinking and acting strategically.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Strategic Management
    Strategy
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG004
  • Developing better teams

    This course gives practical advice to those who want to improve how their team works together, and looks at how to challenge teams that are already performing well. Through a series of micro case studies, the course looks at real-world team challenges. You will explore and commit to implementing creative ways of team working and team leading. By the end of the course you will have an action plan for enhancing your team.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Teams
    Team Work
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG012
  • Developing high trust work relationships

    This course enables individuals to develop their leadership skills through a deeper understanding of trust in the workplace. You will examine the impact of trust, both on your organisation and the individuals within it. You will explores your own propensity to trust, and what is important for you to trust other people. Utilising this knowledge, along with the techniques on building trust, you can engender trust within your work context.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Trust
    Team Work
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    60 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG022
  • Developing your leadership style

    This course focuses on the different leadership theories and styles which will enable you to understand how leadership is demonstrated within you own organisation and how your own leadership practice can be developed. It is suitable for managers in all sectors, at both first line and middle management levels. It will be particularly relevant for new managers but can also benefit experienced managers without previous training.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Leadership
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG005
  • Leadership and management in health and social care

    This module is for existing and aspiring managers wishing to learn more about management and leadership in health and social care. It will help you develop the necessary knowledge and analytical skills, as well as providing an overview of the organisational, legal and policy contexts within which managers operate, focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced in this sector.
    Tags: 
    Leadership
    Management
    Social Care
    Duration: 
    8-9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    K313
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Making it happen! Leadership, influence and change

    This module focuses on leadership and change practice, and has considerable potential to support employability. Its strong work-based and reflective enquiry component will help you explore how to initiate and carry through improvements and projects in your current work from an early stage. You will also develop skills to enable you to manage your learning in new work contexts.
    Tags: 
    Business
    Leadership
    Management
    Change Management
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    B204
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Management Practice

    This module introduces management ideas and uses activities to build on your existing knowledge and skills through the application of management theory. You will develop your understanding of management practice in your work, and in the wider context of organisations. You will critically evaluate your workplace context in relation to management practice and review your knowledge and skills.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Business and Management
    Business
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    B123
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Managing 1: organisations and people - online version

    This module investigates organisational behaviour and human resource management. Designed for working managers, management trainees, supervisors and team leaders, it takes a very practice-based approach to studying management concepts, focusing on your own role. It is suitable for aspiring managers provided you have experience of work involving leading a group or team; a project or task involving one or more others.
    Tags: 
    Management
    Organising
    People
    Business and Management
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    BZX628
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Managing across organisational and cultural boundaries

    This module is about collaboration. Whether within or across organisations, via partnerships, joint ventures and alliances, collaboration can be both stimulating and rewarding. However, collaboration is also fraught with difficulties and dilemmas. In this module you will also learn about concepts and theories that can help you to better manage collaborative situations in the future.
    Tags: 
    Collaboration
    Management
    Organisation
    Cultural barriers
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    B325
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Managing change

    Change means many things to different people. As a manager you may be asked to identify when change is needed, manage its implementation or guide others through it. In this course you will learn about strategies, skills and techniques to help you be more successful as a change manager. The course draws on your own experience and organisation as well as examples from other organisations to stimulate your thinking.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Change Management
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG011
  • Managing performance through people

    As a manager your role is to get the best from resources and people. This course is designed to help you to develop techniques and skills to recognise fluctuations in performance, know when and how to intervene to deal with poor and under-performance and to encourage more consistent results and high performance where it is possible. You will gain some useful tools to develop your own management performance in the workplace.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Performance
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG009
  • New managers' toolkit

    Becoming a manager may have been a dream job and an aspiration for a long time. The benefit of recognition, remuneration and control over your everyday environment seem obvious. You probably like people too and want to get the best from your staff. So why does it all seem so daunting now you are there? Why does it seem so much more complex and stressful? And why don’t people behave in the way you expected?
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management Training
    Management
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG003
  • People, work and society Access module

    This access course covers a broad range of subject areas, including children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science to prepare you for a range of qualifications. You’ll study four themes: Individuals; Families and relationships; Organisations and communities; and Society. It will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; and essential study skills needed for higher education.
    Tags: 
    children
    Youth
    Health
    Law
    Management
    Psychology
    Social Science
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y032
    Credit: 
    30
  • Project Management

    This short course takes you through the cycle of a project, from early conception and defining the scope through to the evaluation and lesson learned. You will look at tools, techniques and standards developed by professional organisations such as PMBOK but also explore what is used in your own organisation. This short course will help those new to project management to lead and/or contribute to projects more effectively.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Project Management
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG007

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  • Communication and information technologies

    Digital communication and information technologies have become fundamental to the operation of modern societies. New products and services are rapidly transforming our lives, both at work and at play. In this module you will learn the core principles on which these new technologies are built. After studying the module you’ll be in a better position to appreciate the potential of the new technologies.
    Tags: 
    IT
    Information Technology
    Computing
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    T215
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Communications technology

    Electronic communication is ubiquitous in homes, offices and urban environments. This module gives you an insight into the fundamental principles of communications technologies. Through these principles you will gain an insight into the possibilities and constraints of modern communications technology. This module complements other modules relating to networking, human-computer interaction, and pervasive computing.
    Tags: 
    IT
    Information Technology
    Computing
    Communication Technology
    Pervasive Computing
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    TM355
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • My digital life

    My digital life takes you on a journey from the origins of information technology through to the familiar computers of today, and on to tomorrow’s radical technologies. You'll get hands-on experience of programming and of how computing is changing. You'll also learn about the profound social and technological changes associated with information technology – changes that affect every one of us.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    IT
    Technology
    Computing and IT
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    TU100
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Science, technology and maths Access module

    This access course introduces a range of subjects, including science; engineering and design; environment; mathematics; and computing and IT to prepare you for a wide range of qualifications. You’ll study a range of topics in three study blocks – Life, Water and Home. This module will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; the perfect way to gain the study skills you’ll need for the next step in your studies.
    Tags: 
    Science
    Technology
    Maths
    Computing
    IT
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y033
    Credit: 
    30
  • Technologies in practice

    This module provides an opportunity to sample some of the key areas in computing and information technology. You will be introduced to three topics: robotics, networking, and Linux. Studying these topics will enable you to develop essential computing and IT skills. You will be applying what you learn by developing a portfolio to demonstrate your skills and understanding in these areas.
    Tags: 
    Computing
    IT
    Technology
    Computing and IT
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    TM129
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Web, mobile and cloud technologies

    In our personal lives, cloud and mobile technologies allow us to store, access and share information online. Storing and processing information with no clear physical location or legal authority raises important concerns around governance and security. In this online module you will learn about the technical and social aspects of cloud computing and mobile technologies, and you will gain hands-on experience of these technologies.
    Tags: 
    Technology
    Web
    Mobile
    Cloud
    IT
    Computing
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    TM352
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6

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  • An introduction to law

    This introductory module considers the nature and role of law. It examines the role and function of a legal system by considering why laws develop, how laws are created, interpreted and applied and the role that law plays in regulating and administering justice within a society. The relationship between law, judicial reasoning, public policy and politics is also explored.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Legal System
    Judical system
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    W101
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Contract law and tort law

    This module explores a range of rights and obligations, how contracts are formed, their terms and how they end. You will consider the policy and practice underpinning the development and growth of contract law and its international aspects. The law of torts is explored, including negligence, nuisance and trespass; set in the context of policy and public interest. You will then consider the growing range of commercial torts.
    Tags: 
    Contract Law
    tort law
    Law
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    W202
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Exploring legal boundaries

    This module will give you the opportunity to research a legal topic of your own choice. It will support your research of your chosen topic and help you to present your findings as a written report of your research methods and in poster format. You will work with other students to prepare your poster and will be encouraged to help each other in your academic endeavours.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Research methods
    research
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    W350
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Law, society and culture

    In this innovative module, you will explore the relationships between law, society and culture. You will have a unique opportunity to shape your pathway through the module by choosing the theme of your final block of study focusing either on “law and humanities” or on “law and sciences”. This module will equip you with a range of legal transfer by skills necessary for further study, as well as for your personal and professional life.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Society
    Culture
    law and science
    Gender
    sexuality
    media
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    W340
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Law: concepts and perspectives

    This level 1 module builds your knowledge of the concepts of law, law making and the legal skills gained in An introduction to law (W101).  It considers a range of key legal principles and concepts they play in modern society.  It looks at different legal systems and traditions, and considers the role and place of international law.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Legal System
    International law
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    W102
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • People, work and society Access module

    This access course covers a broad range of subject areas, including children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science to prepare you for a range of qualifications. You’ll study four themes: Individuals; Families and relationships; Organisations and communities; and Society. It will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; and essential study skills needed for higher education.
    Tags: 
    children
    Youth
    Health
    Law
    Management
    Psychology
    Social Science
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y032
    Credit: 
    30
  • Public law and criminal law

    This module explores the relationship between the state and its citizens and critically analyses the principles underpinning constitutional and criminal law. The role and relevance of national constitutions is discussed and the key features of the UK constitution explored. The nature of sovereignty, the protection of individuals and the role of the police are discussed before a range of criminal offences and defences are explored.
    Tags: 
    Law
    Public Law
    Criminal Law
    Police
    Constitutional law
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    W203
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • The law and social work in England and Wales

    This module examines the legal frameworks that shape and regulate social care and social work decision-making in England and Wales. It considers how social work can make use of the law in a positive way and examines the value of law from the perspectives of service users and professionals. It considers a range of legal issues related to social care and practice, including children and families services; youth justice; community care; and mental health.
    Tags: 
    English Law
    Law
    Social Work
    Social Care
    Child protection
    Welfare
    Criminal justice
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K270
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • The law and social work in Scotland

    This module examines the legal frameworks that regulate social work in Scotland. It considers a range of legal issues related to social care and social work practice, including children in need and safeguarding children, criminal and youth justice, community care, housing, and the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on practice. It also examines the dilemmas encountered in practice of working in an ethical way.
    Tags: 
    Scotish Law
    Law
    Social Work
    Social Care
    Child protection
    Welfare
    Criminal justice
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K207
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5

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  • Adult health, social care and wellbeing

    learn about how adult health and social care is organised, delivered, and experienced across a range of sectors. Whether you’re involved in paid or unpaid work, use health and social care services yourself, or simply have a general interest, this module is designed to deepen your understanding and develop your practice.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Well being
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K217
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Adulthood, ageing and the life course

    The emergence of an ageing society can be celebrated, but it also poses many challenges. As workers, carers, or as people receiving health or social care support, this module will enable you to explore diverse individual, environmental, policy, and practice perspectives for adults and for adulthood. It will focus on later life, mental health, long-term conditions, learning disability, and drug and alcohol use.
    Tags: 
    Adulthood
    Ageing
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    K319
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Coaching for performance

    This course provides a robust and easy-to-follow framework for developing your practical skills to help you as a manager coach for performance. Through a structured sequence of reading, video study, skills practice and reflective assignments this course is primarily aimed at those who wish to develop skills and knowledge in performance-focused coaching in their workplace.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management
    Coaching
    Mentoring
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    50 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG023
  • Counselling: exploring fear and sadness

    Fear and sadness are the most common problems that people seek counselling for, often understood as 'mental health problems'. You will cover the historical developments in understanding fear and sadness, along with the key individual counselling approaches to human suffering. While this module is primarily academic, you’ll develop awareness of counselling skills, processes and techniques.
    Tags: 
    Counselling
    Sadness
    Fear
    Psychology
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    D240
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Death and dying

    This is a revolutionary module in which you’ll engage with real issues based on the experiences of dying people, bereaved people, those who work with them, and their careers, both lay and professional.  This module will be of interest for anyone who works with dying people and their families or students who want to find out more about death, dying and bereavement, and what these mean in different contexts.
    Tags: 
    Death
    Dying
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Bereavement
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K260
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Developing better teams

    This course gives practical advice to those who want to improve how their team works together, and looks at how to challenge teams that are already performing well. Through a series of micro case studies, the course looks at real-world team challenges. You will explore and commit to implementing creative ways of team working and team leading. By the end of the course you will have an action plan for enhancing your team.
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Teams
    Team Work
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG012
  • Health and illness

    This module has a broad appeal to anyone interest in health and illness, and the variety of case studies that are used will encourage you to think about health beyond any traditional boundaries. You’ll examine health policy and practice relating to different models of health and illness care, including those associated with long-term conditions. You’ll also gain an insight into contemporary and emerging debates about this subject.
    Tags: 
    Health
    illness
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K213
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary

    In this module you will learn how psychologists have studied both practical and theoretical issues, such as nationalism or sexuality, with a particular emphasis on understanding and solving problems that directly affect people’s lives. You will also develop your understanding of psychological research methods, along with other useful academic and employability skills.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Counselling
    Research methods
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    DD210
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Mental health and community

    This module examines how aspects of the external environment (e.g., social, environmental, economic and political factors) shape and constrain our understandings and experiences of mental health and distress. It explores the theories and concepts that underpin and challenge mental health practice and service provision and looks at the impact of the frequently competing perspectives that characterise the world of mental health.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Wellbeing
    Community care
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K240
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • New managers' toolkit

    Becoming a manager may have been a dream job and an aspiration for a long time. The benefit of recognition, remuneration and control over your everyday environment seem obvious. You probably like people too and want to get the best from your staff. So why does it all seem so daunting now you are there? Why does it seem so much more complex and stressful? And why don’t people behave in the way you expected?
    Tags: 
    CPD
    Continuing Professional Development
    Management Training
    Management
    Short Course
    Duration: 
    25 hours
    Study level: 
    Short course
    Code: 
    BG003
  • People, work and society Access module

    This access course covers a broad range of subject areas, including children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science to prepare you for a range of qualifications. You’ll study four themes: Individuals; Families and relationships; Organisations and communities; and Society. It will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; and essential study skills needed for higher education.
    Tags: 
    children
    Youth
    Health
    Law
    Management
    Psychology
    Social Science
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y032
    Credit: 
    30
  • Perspectives in health and social care

    Studying this module will help you get to grips with three important areas which affect us all - health and wellbeing, mental health and ageing and later life. You’ll be introduced to some of the key concepts, theories and debates and explore a rich mixture of real-life case studies, audio-visual material and academic texts, all developed by experts drawing on cutting-edge research.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Wellbeing
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    K118
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach

    In this module you will explore common psychological issues in sport and exercise, and learn to recognise situations where psychological theory can be applied in real-life cases. You’ll cover some of the key topics in sport and exercise psychology such as: anxiety; self-confidence; concentration; group dynamics; the psychology of injury; exercise dependence; and mental skills training used by psychologists.
    Tags: 
    Sport and Fitness
    Excercise
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    E233
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • The science of the mind: investigating mental health

    To what extent can we understand mental wellbeing and treat mental health conditions such as depression and dementia by focusing on the brain and its functioning? This module presents and challenges the medical model of mental health with its reliance on drug treatment, contrasting it with ideas in the field of health psychology. You will learn from mental case reports and relevant research studies.
    Tags: 
    Mental Health
    Health
    Social Care
    Psychology
    Counselling
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    SDK228
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Working with young people: an introduction

    This module is aimed at those who are working with, or interested in working with, young people – particularly those aged 13 to 19 – in the voluntary field, where the aims of the work are broadly educational. You will examine the scope of this work; its values and purposes; the changing contexts in which it occurs; how it is implemented; the roles and responsibilities of practitioners and policy makers; and the issues they face.
    Tags: 
    Youth
    Young People
    Childhood
    Voluntary
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    E108
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4

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  • Childhood

    What does it mean to be a child in today’s world? Do popular images of childhood match the reality of young people’s lives? How is childhood affected by poverty, ill-health and adversity? Such questions are the starting point for this cross-disciplinary introduction to childhood and youth studies, covering the age range 0–18 and including audio-visual case studies from three contrasting parts of the world.
    Tags: 
    Childhood
    Youth
    children
    Culture
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    E212
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Counselling: exploring fear and sadness

    Fear and sadness are the most common problems that people seek counselling for, often understood as 'mental health problems'. You will cover the historical developments in understanding fear and sadness, along with the key individual counselling approaches to human suffering. While this module is primarily academic, you’ll develop awareness of counselling skills, processes and techniques.
    Tags: 
    Counselling
    Sadness
    Fear
    Psychology
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    D240
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Death and dying

    This is a revolutionary module in which you’ll engage with real issues based on the experiences of dying people, bereaved people, those who work with them, and their careers, both lay and professional.  This module will be of interest for anyone who works with dying people and their families or students who want to find out more about death, dying and bereavement, and what these mean in different contexts.
    Tags: 
    Death
    Dying
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Bereavement
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K260
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Introducing the social sciences

    This level 1 module provides an introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology. You’ll explore a wide range of topics which shape the nature of contemporary UK society; from questions of identity, inequalities and differences to consumerism and environment, and issues of social order, disorder and governance.
    Tags: 
    Pyschology
    Counselling
    Criminology
    Politics
    Sociology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    DD102
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology

    This introductory module offers a fascinating insight into the lives of children and young people. It brings together approaches from anthropology, sociology and psychology, to provide an account of some of the complex influences that shape children’s experiences. You will investigate topics central to the lives of children from birth to 18 years, and explore their emotional, physical, intellectual, social and cultural development.
    Tags: 
    Child psycholygy
    children
    Childhood studies
    Youth
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    E102
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Investigating psychology 1

    Drawing on a wide range of studies and some classic pieces of psychological research, this level 1 module provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of psychology. You will explore the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and find out how psychological research addresses real-life issues with an opportunity to conduct a psychological study of your own.
    Tags: 
    Pyschology
    Counselling
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    DE100
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Investigating the social world

    This multidisciplinary module uses a range of learning technologies to help you understand the social world. Drawing on the subjects of criminology, social policy, economics, environmental studies, geography, international studies, politics and sociology. Through the module’s investigative approach you’ll learn the methods, perspectives and tools of the social sciences, further developing your analytical and evaluative skills.
    Tags: 
    Pyschology
    Counselling
    Criminology
    Politics
    Sociology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    DD103
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    This module examines the research process through studies with young children, children and young people carried out in the fields of education, health and social care. It explores topics central to the research process such as ethics, diversity, power and the responsibilities of researchers. This is a project-based module with no exam and it will help you to develop your own research and analytical skills.
    Tags: 
    children
    Young People
    Childhood
    Youth
    Health
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    K313
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary

    In this module you will learn how psychologists have studied both practical and theoretical issues, such as nationalism or sexuality, with a particular emphasis on understanding and solving problems that directly affect people’s lives. You will also develop your understanding of psychological research methods, along with other useful academic and employability skills.
    Tags: 
    Psychology
    Counselling
    Research methods
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    DD210
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • People, work and society Access module

    This access course covers a broad range of subject areas, including children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science to prepare you for a range of qualifications. You’ll study four themes: Individuals; Families and relationships; Organisations and communities; and Society. It will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; and essential study skills needed for higher education.
    Tags: 
    children
    Youth
    Health
    Law
    Management
    Psychology
    Social Science
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y032
    Credit: 
    30
  • Psychology of childhood and youth

    This module explores key themes in the development of children through the early years, middle childhood and into adolescence, covering attachment, identity, emotions, representation and communication. The module integrates a range of approaches from developmental psychology and childhood studies, and makes extensive use of audio and video material, including a number of specially made documentary films.
    Tags: 
    Child psycholygy
    children
    Childhood studies
    Youth
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    E219
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach

    In this module you will explore common psychological issues in sport and exercise, and learn to recognise situations where psychological theory can be applied in real-life cases. You’ll cover some of the key topics in sport and exercise psychology such as: anxiety; self-confidence; concentration; group dynamics; the psychology of injury; exercise dependence; and mental skills training used by psychologists.
    Tags: 
    Sport and Fitness
    Excercise
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    6 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    E233
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • The science of the mind: investigating mental health

    To what extent can we understand mental wellbeing and treat mental health conditions such as depression and dementia by focusing on the brain and its functioning? This module presents and challenges the medical model of mental health with its reliance on drug treatment, contrasting it with ideas in the field of health psychology. You will learn from mental case reports and relevant research studies.
    Tags: 
    Mental Health
    Health
    Social Care
    Psychology
    Counselling
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    SDK228
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • The uses of social science

    This interdisciplinary module investigates how social science is used to make sense of everyday dilemmas such as sustaining relationships, making a living, finding a place to live, being part of a community, or making one’s voice heard. The module explores how social scientists use evidence and data, theories and explanations, and norms and values to make sense of social life.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Criminology
    Sociology
    Psychology
    ecconimics
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    DD206
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5

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  • Adult health, social care and wellbeing

    learn about how adult health and social care is organised, delivered, and experienced across a range of sectors. Whether you’re involved in paid or unpaid work, use health and social care services yourself, or simply have a general interest, this module is designed to deepen your understanding and develop your practice.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Well being
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K217
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Adulthood, ageing and the life course

    The emergence of an ageing society can be celebrated, but it also poses many challenges. As workers, carers, or as people receiving health or social care support, this module will enable you to explore diverse individual, environmental, policy, and practice perspectives for adults and for adulthood. It will focus on later life, mental health, long-term conditions, learning disability, and drug and alcohol use.
    Tags: 
    Adulthood
    Ageing
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    K319
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Childhood

    What does it mean to be a child in today’s world? Do popular images of childhood match the reality of young people’s lives? How is childhood affected by poverty, ill-health and adversity? Such questions are the starting point for this cross-disciplinary introduction to childhood and youth studies, covering the age range 0–18 and including audio-visual case studies from three contrasting parts of the world.
    Tags: 
    Childhood
    Youth
    children
    Culture
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    E212
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Crime and justice

    Fear of crime and proliferating global threats contribute to an increasing sense of insecurity. Local concerns such as street crime are accompanied by global concerns about human trafficking, cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations. You’ll explore crime and justice in both global and local contexts, and in particular the way that crime and justice are being continually redefined by global economic, social and political change.
    Tags: 
    crime
    Crime and justice
    Social Sciences
    Criminology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    DD301
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Introducing the social sciences

    This level 1 module provides an introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology. You’ll explore a wide range of topics which shape the nature of contemporary UK society; from questions of identity, inequalities and differences to consumerism and environment, and issues of social order, disorder and governance.
    Tags: 
    Pyschology
    Counselling
    Criminology
    Politics
    Sociology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    DD102
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Investigating the social world

    This multidisciplinary module uses a range of learning technologies to help you understand the social world. Drawing on the subjects of criminology, social policy, economics, environmental studies, geography, international studies, politics and sociology. Through the module’s investigative approach you’ll learn the methods, perspectives and tools of the social sciences, further developing your analytical and evaluative skills.
    Tags: 
    Pyschology
    Counselling
    Criminology
    Politics
    Sociology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    DD103
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    This module examines the research process through studies with young children, children and young people carried out in the fields of education, health and social care. It explores topics central to the research process such as ethics, diversity, power and the responsibilities of researchers. This is a project-based module with no exam and it will help you to develop your own research and analytical skills.
    Tags: 
    children
    Young People
    Childhood
    Youth
    Health
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    K313
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Making social worlds

    In order to survive, human beings live in social worlds, which create security, foster stable attachment between individuals and things, and regulate behaviour. Through topics such as medicine, the family, money and reality television, you will explore how social experience is shaped by the material world, and made meaningful through culture.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Sciology
    Security
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    DD308
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Mental health and community

    This module examines how aspects of the external environment (e.g., social, environmental, economic and political factors) shape and constrain our understandings and experiences of mental health and distress. It explores the theories and concepts that underpin and challenge mental health practice and service provision and looks at the impact of the frequently competing perspectives that characterise the world of mental health.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Wellbeing
    Community care
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    K240
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • People, work and society Access module

    This access course covers a broad range of subject areas, including children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science to prepare you for a range of qualifications. You’ll study four themes: Individuals; Families and relationships; Organisations and communities; and Society. It will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; and essential study skills needed for higher education.
    Tags: 
    children
    Youth
    Health
    Law
    Management
    Psychology
    Social Science
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y032
    Credit: 
    30
  • Perspectives in health and social care

    Studying this module will help you get to grips with three important areas which affect us all - health and wellbeing, mental health and ageing and later life. You’ll be introduced to some of the key concepts, theories and debates and explore a rich mixture of real-life case studies, audio-visual material and academic texts, all developed by experts drawing on cutting-edge research.
    Tags: 
    Health
    Social Care
    Mental Health
    Wellbeing
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    K118
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • The uses of social science

    This interdisciplinary module investigates how social science is used to make sense of everyday dilemmas such as sustaining relationships, making a living, finding a place to live, being part of a community, or making one’s voice heard. The module explores how social scientists use evidence and data, theories and explanations, and norms and values to make sense of social life.
    Tags: 
    Social Science
    Criminology
    Sociology
    Psychology
    ecconimics
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    DD206
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Welfare, crime and society

    This module focuses on policy interventions and responses in the UK and around the world to issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, health and disease, families, slums, ghettos and gated communities. The module is organised by four conceptual themes – surveillance, social justice, security and community, where you will learn to evaluate evidence in relation to social science policy.
    Tags: 
    Welfare
    crime
    Society
    Social Science
    Criminology
    Social Policy
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    DD208
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Working with young people: an introduction

    This module is aimed at those who are working with, or interested in working with, young people – particularly those aged 13 to 19 – in the voluntary field, where the aims of the work are broadly educational. You will examine the scope of this work; its values and purposes; the changing contexts in which it occurs; how it is implemented; the roles and responsibilities of practitioners and policy makers; and the issues they face.
    Tags: 
    Youth
    Young People
    Childhood
    Voluntary
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    E108
    Credit: 
    60
    FHEQ: 
    4

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  • Analysing data

    This module explores basic statistical concepts for analysing and interpreting data. The emphasis is on the practical side. MINITAB and other software supplied with the module are used to analyse data and develop your understanding of statistical concepts. The module covers exploratory methods for data analysis, models for data, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and two-variable problems.
    Tags: 
    Analysing data
    Mathematics
    Statistic
    Quantitative Methods
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    M248
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Introducing statistics

    In this module you will learn how to use basic statistical tools and quantitative methods that are useful in most academic subjects. Topics covered include: summarising data; examining relationships; randomness and sampling distributions; probability; testing hypotheses; and estimation. You will learn practical statistical techniques and fundamental principles, as well as using software and a calculator to analyse data.
    Tags: 
    Analysing data
    Mathematics
    Statistic
    Quantitative Methods
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 1
    Code: 
    M140
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    4
  • Linear statistical modelling

    This module covers statistical modelling where a response variable depends on one or several explanatory variables: such as how well patients respond to a treatment, given their age and disease severity. Taking a practical approach, you’ll use statistical tools to explore real problems and data to stimulate analyses and their interpretation. You’ll learn to use the most important methods of analysing data – a skill few people have.
    Tags: 
    Analysing data
    Mathematics
    Statistic
    Quantitative Methods
    Linearstatistical models
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 3
    Code: 
    M346
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    6
  • Practical modern statistics

    The module introduces four major topics of modern applied statistics: medical statistics, time series, multivariate analysis, and Bayesian statistics. It’s ideal if you’ve already studied a general introductory statistics module and wish to broaden your knowledge of the field. The module emphasises underlying principles and practical applications rather than technical details.
    Tags: 
    Analysing data
    Mathematics
    Statistic
    Quantitative Methods
    Practical Statistics
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Level 2
    Code: 
    M249
    Credit: 
    30
    FHEQ: 
    5
  • Science, technology and maths Access module

    This access course introduces a range of subjects, including science; engineering and design; environment; mathematics; and computing and IT to prepare you for a wide range of qualifications. You’ll study a range of topics in three study blocks – Life, Water and Home. This module will also gently introduce you to computing and online learning; the perfect way to gain the study skills you’ll need for the next step in your studies.
    Tags: 
    Science
    Technology
    Maths
    Computing
    IT
    Access Course
    Duration: 
    9 months
    Study level: 
    Access course
    Code: 
    Y033
    Credit: 
    30

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