On completing this course you’ll be part of a new generation of dedicated, creative and highly capable professionals supporting children, families and wider communities and making a positive difference every day. Why choose this course This is a highly vocational degree, so you will be treated as a professional worker in training. We help you meet demanding standards so that you can hit the ground running from day one in your career. This course is ideal for anyone interested in helping families and children to reach their potential. We will equip you with the skills, understanding and values you need to work in a broad range of settings delivering health, social and developmental work. How will you learn The focus is on applying your skills to practical scenarios. You will find yourself writing up home visit reports, devising family learning resources such as games, and harnessing music, dance or drama to help children express themselves creatively. With family support workers frequently on the frontline of tackling crucial public health concerns, you will also work on practical projects covering everything from healthy eating and exercise to children’s dental health. Opportunities and experiences In your final year, you undertake a placement working in health and wellbeing settings - this could be with a family support team, social work team, children’s centre, hospital, school or voluntary organisation. In the earlier stages of the course you are also encouraged and supported to undertake voluntary work in relevant settings to prepare for your placement. Careers and employability This course will broaden your career scope at a time when exciting new roles are emerging in education, health, social care, community and voluntary settings. Did you know? This course is also available with a Foundation Year.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We’re proud to welcome applications from candidates with practice experience in youth work, health, social care and education. This is as part of our commitment to enable those from non-traditional backgrounds to be able to study as part of our commitment to widening participation
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.5; with at least IELTS 6.0 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
University of Derby