Health and Social Care

  • Do you want a challenge that stretches you and helps others?

    Could you care for people recovering from surgery or an accident and help them back to independence? Could you support people with mental illness or those facing a challenging life crisis? Would you like to work as part of a team where everyone brings their unique skills to the situation?

    As a health or social care professional you’ll face new challenges every day. Some will place demands on what you have learnt and some will test you personally. But whatever area you specialise in, health and social care will repay your commitment with one of the most rewarding careers you could choose.

  • We provide top-quality teaching: our Nursing and Midwifery courses have been commended for their practice education and internationalisation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    Our Social Work course is ranked fourth in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2011

    We were rated as the best university for Physiotherapy by Times Education in 2011

    Our Occupational Therapy course had 97 per cent student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2011.

    We offer varied placements in some of the UK’s leading clinical and community settings, including world-leading Oxford hospitals, our own osteopathic teaching clinics and the youth offending service.

    You will have access to first-rate facilities include simulation suites, all fully equipped with computerised resources and anatomy models. Our Ferndale Campus in Swindon also has a functional operating theatre and ward environment.

    You will experience hands-on learning through clinical practice, working alongside experienced professionals in acute hospitals and in the community.

    We place emphasis on interprofessional learning and collaborative practice with students from across our health and social work courses and in practice settings, with great opportunities for teamwork.

    There are lots of opportunities to study abroad. Adult nursing students can travel to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a semester. Other exchange opportunities are in Italy (for Physiotherapy), France (for Osteopathy) and in Japan and the USA (for Occupational Therapy).

    Visiting experts frequently share their knowledge with our students. Recent speakers have included Professor Sir Muir Gray on sustainable healthcare and Professor Dame Valerie Beral on the epidemiology of cancer prevention.

    If you already have a relevant bachelor’s degree but wish to retrain or specialise in a particular field, we offer a variety of pre-registration master’s courses.

    Many graduates go on to further study or enter health management, education or research roles.

    Excellent graduate employment: graduates from Oxford Brookes are highly regarded by employers and the majority of our graduates gain their first choice of post in their chosen field. Many work in NHS trusts. Other destinations have included the Swiss national swimming team and the London to Paris bike ride for two of our graduates in Osteopathy.

    A huge variety of career opportunities are available in the National Health Service (NHS), social services and the independent and voluntary sectors.

    There are opportunities to work overseas: UK-trained health and social work professionals are highly valued throughout the world.