School of Education and Sociology


A career in the education sector allows you to work in a vital and fascinating field. Whether you are aiming to be a teacher, a trainer, an administrator or an early years practitioner, we aim to provide the support that will help you develop the skills that will support you in your future career or develop the one you already have. These skills include critical thinking, team work, communication and presentation skills, self-motivation and organisation, initiative and flexibility.

Employability skills and our degrees

Professional degrees

Our professional programmes, from Foundation Degrees in Education Administration, Learning Support, and Early Years; the BA (Hons) Education and Training Studies; and the Early Years Professional Status, have been shaped to fit the needs of employers, current employees and prospective applicants. Often they can be studied alongside a job, and they are taught by lecturers who understand the sectors you want to progress in through their research and experience.  For example, for each of the foundation degrees the course leaders are undertaking doctoral studies in which will enhance their professional practice in relation to current thinking in their areas of expertise, which will in turn help the students on the courses.  For all these part-time courses, the majority of students are already in full or part-time employment.

PGCE training

Our PGCEs provide the skills and knowledge necessary to teach in the UK, with over 80% of our graduates going into teaching work soon after completing their course. We place our trainees in two different schools as part of their training to become a school teacher, and for those who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector, one placement in a college is provided, with mentorship schemes and university support as you begin to teach. Even if you choose not to teach, the skills you learn in this process, such as communication and group leadership, managing your own time and projects efficiently and  development of excellent written and oral presentation skills,  are highly valued in the employment market.

Childhood and Youth Studies and Early Childhood Studies

Employability is an integral thread to our BA courses in Childhood and Youth Studies; and Early Childhood Studies, ensuring that you consider the ways in which the knowledge and the skills that you gain while studying here can be framed in terms of the skills employers seek.   Many students are opting to take the LiFE unit as part of their course where they are placed in a setting of their choice, this could be nursery, primary or secondary school, college or youth work to enable them to gain the employability skills they require.  For others on the course, employability skills are gained through the Careers’ unit and through the expertise of the practitioners who are teaching on the courses. You will have developed excellent written and oral presentation skills and you will have managed your own time and projects efficiently which are essential qualities in a graduate and these are transferable skills which can be used in a wide range of career opportunities across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Graduates from our Childhood and Youth Studies course and the Early Childhood Studies course pursue careers in a wide variety of professions, including early years professions, primary school teachers, social work, and youth offending teams.

Working as a Student: Preparing for the Workplace

Placement and Internship Centre

The Faculty provides you with support via the Placement and Internship Centre, or PiC for short. It is located in 1.16 Park Building, where there is a space for you to look at current opportunities, or undertake some job searching via the computers available for your use.

The Placement and Internship Centre is focused on providing a range of opportunities for you to get involved in activity which will help to progress career ideas and key skills essential for the working world.

Purple Door Careers and Recruitment

You can access a wide range of help with your research from Purple Door Careers and Recruitment including individual careers advice and access to extensive information resources. You may be particularly interested in the pages dealing with working outside the UK - these provide information for students and graduates interested in experience of work overseas, either during the vacation or after graduation.


Prospects describes itself as the UK's official graduate careers website. A suggested starting points for your research there is the Option Series, particularly the entries for Education and Childhood Studies. This section of the Prospects website provides ideas of what you can do with your degree subject, including details of skills gained, related jobs, further study and other options.

Employer activities

Throughout the year Purple Door Careers and Recruitment and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) organise a wide range of employer and career planning events, covering a broad overview of career areas.  

Volunteering, work experience and work placements

Spending time in work can help you develop the skills and experience that employers look for in the areas that interest you. Purple Door Careers and Recruitment and FHSS's Student Placement Manager can help you find relevant volunteering or paid opportunities in the local area. The Students Union also offer a wide range of community and other opportunities that will develop your skills.

Work may also be accredited through the University's Learning through Experience (LiFE) Unit.