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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.

Select the duration of study below and you will be taken to resources that match that duration

25-60 hours  9 months (part time)

25-60 hours

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.

Course Code: BG203

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.

Course Code: BG012

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?

Course Code: BG003

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9 months (part time)

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.

Course Code: K217

Credits: 60

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.

Course Code: K620

Credits: 30

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.

Course Code: DD210

Credits: 60

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.

Course Code: K240

Credits: 60

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.

Course Code: Y032

Credits: 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.

Course Code: K118

Credits: 60

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2023 Annual Report

This annual report features a selection of the work undertaken across 2023 which we consider to be highly relevant for the current policing environment.

15th May 2024
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Upcoming Events

May 22

Online Seminar: Trust and confidence in policing

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:30

Jun 6

The understanding of domestic abuse in the criminal justice system- current issues, challenges and developments

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 09:30 to 16:30

The Open University, Milton Keynes

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