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Our faculty offers a wide range of qualifications across health, education, social care, sport, early years and languages. We structure our teaching to ensure that students develop the study skills required for degree level work:

  • Students are able to study on Access courses prior to starting a qualification in order to build up their skills. 
  • Woven through all modules are activities which are designed to develop study skills and digital literacy.
  • Our students tell us that OU study builds confidence.

We teach through ‘Supported Open Learning’ where we use a wide range of onscreen, online and print-based materials to develop students’ study and research skills. Each student is assigned a tutor to facilitate learning through the course of each module and to be the main point of contact when students have questions about their studies.

Studying with the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Studying with the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Studying with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics


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Studying with the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport

People study with us for all sorts of reasons – perhaps to gain a sector-relevant qualification, explore a specific topic or broaden their skill set. Whatever your aims, our courses can support professional development in a wide range of careers, including childcare, education, youth and community work, sports and fitness, the voluntary sector, research and policy development. Whether you’re studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you’ll learn about leading disciplines and have the opportunity to combine these areas of study to enhance your expertise.

Education, childhood, youth, and sports and fitness are increasingly high-profile areas of social policy – in which disruptive changes in practice, provision and training are taking place. Our courses draw on extensive experience in this field, with our work in international development and teacher education adding to the rich perspectives we bring to our pedagogy and tuition. Our curriculum reflects the current needs of practitioners, and our leading approach to tackling change in practice will bring you up to date with the latest thinking, ideas and research – giving you a real edge, whether you’re already an experienced professional or aspiring to work in the sector.

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Studying with the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

When you choose The Open University School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, you join over 9,000 students who study with us every year. Our degrees in Health and Social Care or Healthcare and Health Science will prepare you to work across a wide range of career options. We train social workers across the UK, and our work-based nursing degree makes a career in nursing accessible to health care support staff who might not otherwise have the chance to realise their potential.

Our mission is to transform lives through health and social care education and research. Whether you’re looking for a first qualification to get you into a caring career, you’re already on your chosen path and would like to go further, or you’re an employer looking for a different way to train and motivate your staff – we can help you make that transformation. We offer:

  • world-class learning resources developed by leading academics and practitioners which take into account the views of service users and carers – underpinned by excellent research and scholarship
  • openness and accessibility – putting qualifications within reach of people who never thought they could study at this level
  • flexible study arrangements designed to fit with work and family commitments, with no need to take time away from the workplace
  • national reach with local support –our students live anywhere in the UK from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to busy inner cities, and are supported by a network of first class tutors who provide high quality student-centred support.
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Studying with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Learning a language and how languages work (whether English or Modern Languages), opens doors to different communities and cultures, and offers insights into how language is used. It also enables you to ask questions that can deepen your knowledge about communication, people, cultures and identities.

We are the largest UK provider of part-time study in Modern Languages, English Language and Applied Linguistics. Whether you are a complete beginner in Modern Languages, are interested in learning more about the English language and its history, grammar or global dimensions, want to specialise in Applied Linguistics or translation, or are looking for a professional qualification, we provide you with a step-by-step way of achieving your learning goals.

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