You’re interested in working with children, young people and families – the clue is in the course title! But do you know about the range of careers you could pursue once you finish the course?
The School of Education and Social Work has an excellent employment record with 98.9 per cent of our undergraduate students in work or further study six months after graduation*. Take a look to find out where you could be in the future! And remember, with many graduate schemes accepting applicants from all subject areas, this is just a taste of the opportunities on offer...
* Latest Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) report (2016/17)
In this role you could find yourself interacting in a range of situations to support a range of young people - from supporting teenage mums, through to refugees and young people with mental health issues - in a variety of settings, including schools.
As a graduate of this course, you'd also be well-placed to work for charities or the third sector (organisations like Barnardo's, the NSPCC and Childline) in areas such as fundraising, bid writing or project management.
As a family support worker, you support families in developing attachments, setting boundaries and daily routines as well as supporting with parenting.
As a children's centre worker you would support children’s learning and development from birth to five years old. You would be responsible for developing both an enabling learning environment and productive relationships with children and their families, as well as acting as a key worker supporting individual children make the transition from home to the setting.
Special needs support
You could work in either a mainstream or special school, focusing on individual children who have additional needs, such as autism, visual impairment, or other severe learning difficulties.
You could utilise your skills to support new parents - vulnerable parents - to develop effective parenting skills in relation to nutrition, behaviour, learning, and social development. Your role could be attached to schools or to third sector groups such as the NSPCC, Barnardo's, Family Action etc.
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. 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 awards available in a variety of areas including Leadership and Management, Mentoring and Coaching, Special Needs Education, and Youth and Community Education. You could also go on to train as a social worker through a Master's degree, something we plan to offer in the future. In addition, you could go on to qualify as a social worker if you find the course leaves you interested in this area. We offer a two-year MSc in Social Work which enables you become qualified and register with Social Work England.