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Future careers

You’re interested in childhood and children’s development but are you in the know about the range of careers that will be open to you once your course is complete? With 98.2 per cent of our  students in work or further study six months after graduation*, why not take a look and find out where a degree in Early Childhood Studies could take you? And remember, this is just a taste of the many opportunities on offer...

*Latest Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey (2016/17)


Youth and community services

Working in the youth and community services area, you could find yourself in a range of situations working with a variety of people as you support the community, just like our graduate, Adam, does. 

Meet Adam


Portage worker

As a portage worker you would be based in a home environment and work with with children with complex needs, as well as their families, to support learning and development. 

More about portage work


Family support

As a family support worker you would supporting the family in developing attachments, setting boundaries and daily routines and supporting with parenting. 

Family Support Worker role profile


Children's centres

As a children's centre worker you support children’s learning and development from birth to five. You would be responsible for developing an enabling learning environment and developing relationships with children and their families, and act as a key worker supporting individual children to make the transition from home to the setting.


Curriculum Leader in a Nursery setting

As the curriculum lead for a nursery you would advise on, and support, curriculum development; if this was for a brand name group of nurseries you could find your work is supporting development across the whole chain! 


Further study to specialise in a particular academic and/or professional field

Of course there is scope to progress further as an academic and/or gain specialist training to become a teacher, to specialise in special educational needs (SEN), early years leadership and/or management, or to become an academic/researcher. We offer postgraduate teacher training in Primary Education, including the opportunity to specialise in SEN or mathematics, and a Master's programme in Education with specific modules available in the areas of Childhood Studies and Early Years Leadership. 

Find out how our Careers+ service could help you