What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
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.
What you will study
Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Exciting and highly interactive, this course places great emphasis on applied learning. You will build on the theory you learn through traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops by taking part in activity-based group work and delivering presentations.
We pride ourselves on offering a supportive, friendly and welcoming learning environment where you can fulfil your ambitions.
How you're assessed
There are no exams for the Child and Family Health and Wellbeing part of your Joint Honours course. All your assessments will centre on work-related themes and professional practice so you are well prepared for the challenges you will encounter in your career.
Assessments take a variety of innovative forms including reflective diaries, practical work undertaken in our professional skills suite, presentations, reports, a portfolio of the work you complete on placement, and observations of your practice. We offer a wide range of support to help you with the assessments at all stages of the degree.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
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. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
*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.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
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
You could also draw on the skills you gain through studying your other Joint Honours subject to broaden your career scope further still. There are opportunities to pursue careers in a wide variety of professions where excellent people skills are valued, including nursing, social work, education, coaching, mental health and human resource management.
You could also continue your studies to postgraduate level if you would like to specialise further. For example, you could consider one of our postgraduate courses in Nursing or our MA Social Work. If your interest lies in teaching, there are opportunities to progress to a PGCE too.
Ongoing careers support
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Travel expenses to placements, the student pays the first £5 of travel costs per day
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Text books to supplement anything available through the library
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.