Future careers

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 2017 undergraduate students in work or further study six months after graduation*. Take a look and 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...

Take a look at just some of the areas you could go into after successfully completing your degree - but remember, this is just a taste of the range of areas you could go into...


Learning mentor

In this role, you could find yourself interacting with a whole 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. 

More about being a Learning Mentor


Project worker

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.


Family support

As a family support worker, you support families in developing attachments, setting boundaries and daily routines as well as supporting with parenting. 

Find out about working in family support


Children's centres

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, autism, visually impaired, or other severe learning difficulties.


Parental advice

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 the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).