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Children Families and Community Health

The Children, Families and Community Health foundation degree allows a wide range of people to access higher education. With a strong social science influence, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences in order to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the subject.



The Children, Families and Community Health foundation degree allows a wide range of people to access higher education. With a strong social science influence, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences in order to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in the subject.

The course fosters an understanding of the organisations responsible for the delivery of health and social care in the UK, whilst enabling students to develop a critical awareness of key management and organisational theories and the application of these theories.


Reasons to study Childrens Families and Community Health Foundation at DMU:

  • The University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD) pathway is open to all; you do not need prior qualifications

  • Developed in collaboration with Leicester College and in consultation with local Sure Start Centres - making this multidisciplinary course directly relevant and applicable to practice

  • Choose to exit the course early and achieve the UCPD

  • Practical work placements heighten your learning and increase employability

  • Flexible teaching for two to three hours a day with the option to study at a local college

  • You can progress to a top-up degree upon successful course completion

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), i

    ndicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: LL35

Duration: Normally two years full-time, three years part-time (part-time students should apply directly to Leicester College)

Location: Leicester College

Fees and funding: £9,000

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.



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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 180 points from a minimum of one A level. NB - NVQs can be considered in conjunction with other qualifications and as part of an applicant's overall profile


  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass
  • BTEC National Certificate - BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (three A2s) - BTEC with Merit/Merit/Pass
  • BTEC Diploma (two A2s) Science - BTEC Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (one A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (one A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

Access course
Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level two credits in each subject.

Interview: Yes

Work experience: Paid or voluntary involvement in a course related employment setting beyond school-based experience (should be a minimum of 6 months). Recent written reference from employer on headed paper.

International Baccalaureate: 26+

This course welcomes mature students and values their experience. In some cases an alternative experiential and academic profile may be accepted for entry.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. You will also need a declaration form clearance prior to the start of the course.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise 


First year

  • Human Body
  • Social Context of Family Life
  • Strategies for Parenting
  • Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Differences and Diversity in Britain
  • Research, Study Skills and Personal Development
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Child Development 0 - 11

Second year

  • Based Practice
  • Working with Families
  • Language and Communication Development
  • Sociology of Health
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Development of Public and Community Services in Britain
  • Early Years, Health and Community Research Studies
  • Lifespan Psychology 

You will be taught at Leicester College and enjoy a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Guided Reading
  • E-Learning

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs

Each module is taught for two to three hours a day over 11 weeks in the school term.

You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Students of Children, Families and Community Health benefit from being taught by lecturers from Leicester College, who use their expertise to draw upon your personal experiences at work and in the home and relate them to relevant theories and concepts.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.


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Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.

Opportunities and careers


Work experience and placements

Work-based placements are a major component of the course, where you are required to work in a suitable setting for a total of 150 hours per year during Level four and Level five; developing your practical and professional skills.

If you are already in employment you are not likely to require a special placement.

Graduate careers

This course will interest those pursuing a career in a caring profession, particularly, but not exclusively, those working with children who wish to extend their qualifications.

Successful completion allows progression to the final year of the Health Studies BA (Hons), or to the Level 6 ‘top-up’ degrees: Public and Community Health BSc (Hons) or, Evaluating Practice: Working with Children BA (Hons).



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

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