Looking for a career with children? There's a whole of host of ways in which you could develop a career if you want to work with children. Teaching and Child Nursing are just the tip of the iceberg! We're the highest rated university in the West Midlands for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2019) so take a look at where a course with us could lead you.
If you’re unsure of which route you want to go down or interested in working with children in a wider content, then Working with Children, Young People and Families might suit your needs. You’d need to have a strong commitment to social justice as this course seeks to provide you with the skills and motivation so that you can contribute to a changing society, particularly with services who work with, or for, vulnerable children, young people and their families. This course looks at children and young people up to the age of 25 and gives you the flexibility to go on to train for roles such as teacher or social worker, or work in a wide range of roles supporting children, young people and their families to improve their lives. You might also like to work in policy or management, designing and evaluating services for the most vulnerable members of society.
Another vulnerable group you may wish to work with is children with special needs or disabilities. If so, you may want to consider Conductive Education. This course is unique in the UK and you would complete your degree as a qualified conductor. You would work with children with disabilities and neurological motor disorders, transforming their lives by helping them to be as independent as possible. In addition to working with children as a conductor, you could also go on to do a postgraduate teacher training course specialising in special educational needs (SEN).
One of the obvious ways you could work with children is as a teacher. We offer a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education which would allow you to work with younger children up to the age of 11 as well as Secondary Education courses in specialist subjects including Science (Biology), Computing and Physical Education. These would be ideal if you’d prefer to work with older children aged 11-18 and also want to develop an in-depth knowledge of a subject. All of our teacher training courses offer the possibility to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status so you’re ready to get your career started on graduation.
If you’re interested in education in a broader sense, then our BA (Hons) Education Studies course might be what you’re looking for. Exploring concepts such as education and society, equality, diversity, values and policies of the UK education system, as well as educational systems around the world, you will be able to delve deeper into subjects that matter and are of interest to you, completing your course with the knowledge and skills to work in educational and training advisory roles in a range of organisations including businesses, local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.
Early Childhood Studies looks closely at the development of children during this crucial life stage and examines the influence of society on children, including working with parents, policy, safeguarding and how childhood is viewed, as well as how children learn. As a result of the breadth covered in this course, you could move into a range of roles working directly with children, such as becoming an Early Years Educator or going on to pursue a PGCE in Early Years to become a qualified teacher. You could also move into other roles working with parents and teachers to provide interventions for children who require it, or move into policy or leadership and management to influence and evaluate the support and interventions available to children.
If it’s definitely child health that you’re interested in, then Child Nursing might be for you. Spending half your time on placement on wards in places such as Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the other half of your time in University, this course will train you to be a caring, compassionate nurse. On graduation you could be a registered nurse and work with children and young people in a wide range of specialisms, from intensive care to mental health.
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