• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Do you aspire to a career where you can support children and families? Choose the Child and Family Health and Wellbeing Joint Honours programme from University of Derby and you’ll be equipped for roles where you can make a positive difference every working day. 

  • Prepare for a fulfilling career helping children and families to make their lives better
  • Build your experience through highly practical projects and the opportunity to go on a work placement
  • Explore some of the most pressing issues facing children, families and society today, such as health inequalities and poverty
  • Engage with our enthusiastic and highly experienced teaching team who are dedicated to your success
  • Undertake assessments which reflect what happens in the workplace
  • Make the most of our exceptional learning facilities and welcoming, supportive study environment
  • Build a strong platform for further postgraduate study if you wish to specialise in a profession like nursing, social work or teaching

This course gives you vital insights into the health, social and developmental needs of children and young people. You’ll gain skills and understanding which will serve you well in a wide range of roles supporting families and their wider communities.

Passionate about helping families?

High-quality support services are critical to sustaining family life, sometimes in the face of problems such as poverty, illness, domestic violence and mental health issues. This course shows you how to support vulnerable families with respect and compassion, promoting strong parenting skills and healthier lifestyles.

By studying Child and Family Health and Wellbeing as part of your Joint Honours degree, you can take your first steps towards a broad range of careers delivering health, social and developmental work.

We help you build a holistic view of children’s and young people’s needs – emotionally, socially, educationally and from health perspectives. You will also consider those needs in the context of the wider community.

Placement opportunities

In your final year, if you are taking Child and Family Health and Wellbeing as a joint or major pathway, you will undertake a compulsory placement working in a relevant setting. It could be with a family support team, social work team, children’s centre, hospital, school or voluntary organisation.

Because strong inter-personal and communication skills are essential to your career success, you will gain meaningful experience of developing positive relationships with children, families and other practitioners.

In earlier stages of the course you are also encouraged and supported to undertake voluntary work in relevant settings to prepare for your placement.


Exciting new roles are currently emerging in education, health, social care, community and voluntary settings. This course could therefore be your stepping stone to careers in:

  • Family Support
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Work in Schools
  • Community Work
  • Family Centres
  • Parenting Support
  • Childcare Teams
  • Targeted work with vulnerable families

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      • Up to 6 years part-time.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Development and Health
  • Social Pedagogy
  • Protecting and Safeguarding Children
  • Creative Approaches with Children and Families
  • Family Mental Health and Parenting 
  • Health and Nutrition

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • UCAS points: 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) - The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
    • GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
    Alternative entry qualifications:
    • BTEC - DMM
    • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

    For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • UK/EU Part-time fees: £1,155 per module
  • International: N/A
  • Living costs for Derby

    • 540 - 860 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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