Do you aspire to a career where you can support children and families? Choose Child and Family Health and Wellbeing as a Joint Honours subject 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
If you would like to study Child and Family Health and Wellbeing as a single honours subject, consider our BSc (Hons) course.
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.
A focus on practical experience
You will apply your skills to practical scenarios throughout. This could entail writing up home visit reports, devising family learning resources such as games, or harnessing music, dance or drama to help children express themselves creatively.
There may also be opportunities to work on public health projects covering everything from healthy eating and exercise to children's dental health.
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.
Draw on our strong employer links
We liaise closely with employers across the health and social care sector to ensure that your learning is up to date, relevant and purposeful.
You will also hear from a wide variety of specialist guest speakers. Some focus on specific themes like health inequalities, child obesity, dental health, domestic violence and safeguarding. Others share insights from their own experiences in roles such as health visitor, family support worker or social worker.
Working together to learn from each other
Successful professionals who work with children and families have to be prepared to work in multi-agency teams. You will therefore have opportunities to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines through our College of Health and Social Care's Inter-Professional Learning agenda. This is very important in preparing you to work alongside other practitioners after graduation.
A first-rate learning environment
Our Derby campus features facilities which will give you valuable insights into health care practice, including clinical skills suites and immersive simulation suites to represent a range of working environments.
Joint Honours combinations
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you are versatile and adaptable, with strong organisational skills.
You can choose to study Child and Family Health and Wellbeing as a minor, major or joint pathway. This enables you to find the ideal study balance with a complementary subject.
Joint Honours subject combinations which might work particularly well include:
- Child and Family Health and Wellbeing and Psychology
- Child and Family Health and Wellbeing and Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices
- Child and Family Health and Wellbeing and Education Studies
- Child and Family Health and Wellbeing and Early Childhood Studies.