We transform lives through health and social care education and research.
For over 30 years, we have been delivering supported and open distance learning in the field of health and social care, and developing highly-respected materials for multi-disciplinary and multi-professional use. Today, we are one of the largest and most innovative providers of educational opportunities and learning solutions in this sector.
We offer a wide range of practice-related courses and awards, from single modules for professional development to qualifying and post-qualifying routes, and from vocational training to undergraduate and research degrees.
The School is characterised by a vigorous intellectual life fostered through shared research interests, collaborative teaching, flexible study arrangements and a strong external focus. We currently have 100 members of academic staff, 28 academic related staff and 14 postgraduate students. Our work is organised into three professional areas: Health and Social Care, Social Work, and Nursing:
Our teaching materials are underpinned by the excellence of our research as well as by high quality scholarship in the area of teaching and learning – focusing on the delivery of an excellent student experience. We are deeply committed to the principles and practice of equality and diversity and to the pursuit of social justice.
We have a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are in receipt of funding from Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research, and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations.
Whether you work in adult services, are a carer or a service user or simply have a personal interest in the subject, adult health and social care is a fascinating area to study – personally rewarding and offering qualifications to open up career opportunities for you in a sector which is growing and will always need staff.
Ageing and later life are both exciting and growing areas of study and practice. Learning about older adult's lives whether out of personal interest or as a practitioner can be very rewarding.
Working with children, young people and families in different settings in social care, health, childcare, education or youth justice can be very rewarding. Studying at the OU, you can gain relevant qualifications to help get into a career working in this sector, or further develop your current career.
The way in which people are cared for at the end of life has risen to the top of the health care agenda in the UK. The OU was one of the first if not THE first university to develop flexible, accessible learning to address the very challenging area of death and dying.
Caring for people with dementia presents a real challenge for people working in this area of health care, especially when they require end-of-life care.
Health is not only a fascinating area to study, it is also potentially rewarding as a route into a career or for career development. 80% of our students are already in work – studying part-time in their own time.
As health services across the UK change, so are the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare support workforce. To meet the challenge, we have designed a learning and development programme specifically for HCAs and APs working at Levels 2-4 on the Career Framework.
Leadership involves caring for and helping others in a variety of different roles. Discover a caring yet critical approach to leadership and management which can support you in your skill and confidence as a manager and leader of others.
With up to a quarter of us likely to experience mental health problems at some time in our lives, mental health is everybody’s business – and it’s a fascinating and challenging subject to study, whether your interest is personal or professional.
We offer exciting learning programmes at all levels in nursing – whether you’re trying to get into the profession, or you’re already qualified and looking to progress your career.
We offer a range of courses and qualifications enabling you to discover the world of public health. You can study a single course, or work towards a diploma or degree, tailored to your professional or personal needs.
In response to changes in the social care sector, we have launched a Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) with strong emphasis on working across professional boundaries.
We are one of the largest providers of social work training in the UK, with around 300 graduates every year. Our flexible study arrangements fit in with your work and home life, so you can carry on earning while you learn.
Did you know that in England and Wales we have tended to lock up more children and young people than almost any other country in Europe? Perhaps it’s time you took a closer look.