Education Studies graduates typically enter careers involving work with children and young people, within the education and social care sectors. Many go on an initial teacher training course, such as a university-led PGCE, or school-led provision such as School direct, to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Others go into support roles in schools or on to further study in areas such as social work, and youth work. An education studies degree is good preparation for a wide range of roles in the youth and community sector, and wider public services.

Your Skills

As an education studies graduate you will be able to:

  • understand all forms of education including pre-school, secondary and further education
  • understand the diverse roles of practitioners with children and their families
  • understand the values and ethics relevant to practice with children, and equality and diversity issues
  • understand how philosophy, sociology and psychology relate to education
  • understand the interrelationship of theory and practice
  • reflect on the social and economic dimensions of education
  • reflect critically on key theories, concepts and processes for practice within education
  • appreciate the complexities of interprofessional working
  • understand the development of children
  • understand the legal, professional and policy frameworks for working with early years children, young people and their families
  • appreciate academic and professional perspectives on childhood
  • relate appropriately to children, young people, parents and carers, colleagues, employers and other practitioners
  • select and apply appropriate practices and strategies in relevant contexts

In addition to the subject-specific skills and knowledge above, you will have developed a broad range of skills that are highly regarded by employers.

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Types of employer

Education - local educatiion authorities, nurseries and pre-schools, children's centres, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, further education colleges, universities

Other public sector - local councils, hospitals, charities, NHS, playgroups, creches, government departments.

Private sector - private schools, academies and early years settings.

Third sector - community centres, community organisations and charities.

Look at the Prospects site which has a really good overview and links to the different roles available.

Career Options

Here are just a few of the options open to you after graduation:

  • community education officer
  • education administrator
  • youth worker
  • teaching assistant
  • playworker
  • education administrator
  • learning mentor
  • museum education officer
  • nursery worker
  • training and development officer 
  • education policy officer

Although some graduates do go on to work in schools as Teaching Asssitants, Learning Mentors and other support worker roles following graduation, it is worth noting that a degree is not a requirement for these roles.

For some of the following jobs you are likely to need more experience or further study:

  • education welfare officer
  • advice worker
  • youth offending team officer
  • hospital play specialist

The following roles will require further study

  • social worker
  • counsellor
  • teacher
  • speech and language therapist
  • child psychotherapist
  • educational psychologist

There are many more options. Use the Suggested Links box to find out more about job roles and to keep up to date with trends and developments in the sector. This will be especially useful when it comes to finding and applying for jobs.



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Monday, November 12, 2018 - 15:32