You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the worlds leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning.
Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether youre at home, at work or on the move.As an OU student youll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues.
Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
<div><p>This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:</p><ul><li>Knowledge and understanding</li><li>Cognitive skills</li><li>Practical and professional skills</li><li>Key skills</li></ul><p>The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment ? which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.</p></div>
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You must be supported by your employer for the work-based element of the qualification. The certificate develops the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to underpin healthcare practice at Level 1. It offers you the opportunity to study the biological, social, political, ethical and psychological concepts relevant to healthcare practice. You will demonstrate progression in numeracy, literacy, IT, communication and cognitive skills, as well as a range of practical skills and competencies. This qualification enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies you need to underpin your practice as a healthcare assistant, healthcare support worker, aspiring assistant practitioner or student of nursing.
<div><p>This certificate of higher education enables healthcare support staff to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to underpin effective practice. You'll develop a wide range of practical skills and competencies, while exploring essential biological, social, political, ethical and psychological concepts. You'll also build valuable numeracy, literacy, IT, communication and cognitive skills.</p></div>