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Welcome to the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Organised as three Schools, the Faculty works across a range of disciplines including Education, Childhood and Youth, Health and Social Care, Youth Work, Social Work, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Nursing, and Sport and Fitness. We take an innovative approach to teaching and learning, developing collaborative partnerships with employers and other institutions, and engaging in cutting-edge, action-oriented and internationally recognised research.


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Study with us

The Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies offers 17 undergraduate and five postgraduate degrees as well as a wide range of certificates and diplomas, across nine subject areas in the fields of health and social care, education, sport and fitness, and languages and applied linguistics. We also offer short courses in languages and international culture, and apprenticeships in the key areas of nursing, advanced clinical practice, and social work. Our qualifications are developed by practice-based experts, including teachers and health care professionals, and informed by our internationally recognised and award-winning research.

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Our research

The key focus of our research is enabling communities to realise their potential, lead healthy, fulfilling lives, create inclusive societies, and thrive in the context of global change and uncertainty. Driven by the OU’s social mission, and inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, our research covers the span of life from the cradle to the grave. A key characteristic of our research is its interdisciplinary and practice-based approach. We harness the expertise and insight of our diverse research specialisms to help support change and impact policy, not just across the Four Nations, but also further afield in our global development work

Research in WELS
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Welcome to the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies


Rob on site at ‘The Courtyard’ where his 100 day placement is located

How partnership working enabled Social Work practice success

Undeterred by challenges and restrictions faced during the pandemic, reliable relationships and his determination have kept Robs’ employer sponsored study on track.

30th July 2021
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Launch of new golf athlete monitoring app informed by OU research

Informed by research from the Faculty of WELS, a new golf monitoring app has launched, which is designed to offer in-depth athlete analysis as well as research insight. The AMI Sports: Golf app enables golfers to track their training, practice, tournaments and daily wellness measures to provide insights to optimise their performance and reduce the risk of injury.

27th July 2021
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MoCo: Multiple conversational threads across apps

Dr Caroline Tagg has been awrded a British Academy Fellowship for a project that aims to better understand the nature of 21st century communication and the role mobile phones play in people's busy lives.

21st July 2021
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Nursing Associate partnership launches with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

A new partnership between The Open University and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will provide London residents with the opportunity to launch their career in healthcare as a Nursing Associate.

21st July 2021
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