The Degree Placement programme is aimed at university students looking for a placement year as part of their course.

We are looking for ambitious and dependable individuals to care for the young people at Prior's Court. You should have an approachable personality with good listening and communication skills, as well as empathy and calming qualities. We are looking for confidence, positivity and self-discipline, an individual who always strives for the best results, and who will be able to independently work towards their qualification (Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare).

Please note: The recruitment process for this programme starting September 2024 is now closed for applications.

Job description

Key job information:


£22k FTE. Shifts are paid, and study days are unpaid.


37 hrs per week. 

As per rota pattern which includes a mix of weekdays and weekend shifts, and may cover bank holidays. Early shift is 7am to 4pm. Late shift is 2pm to 10pm. Study day is 8am to 4pm.

Contract type: Fixed - Minimum 40 weeks. Full-time.
Start date: September 2024

The role of a Degree Placement Autism Practitioner

The placement will consist of:

  • Mainly shifts working directly with the young people (paid), supporting them with their day-to-day living. It’s a care, teaching and role modelling role. See the job description and Autism Practitioner role for more details. 
  • One day a week is released to be a ‘study day’ (unpaid). This is dedicated time for you to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare.
  • Opportunity to work overtime shifts working with Prior's Court young people (paid).
  • You will receive monthly supervision and continuous support from your manager, as well as benefit from a network with others on placement and mentoring from the Entry Level Talent Coach.

You will gain:

  • Experience of working with young people with complex autism.
  • In-house training with continued personal development and the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare.
  • Ongoing added support from our dedicated Entry Level Talent Coach.
  • Experience of being part of a team and multi-agency working.
  • Access to our comprehensive benefits package.

Job description


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We offer a direct-to-site transport service for our Autism Practitioners, with pick-up and drop-off points in Reading, Newbury, Calcot, Theale, Thatcham, Didcot, Oxford, Swindon, Basingstoke and Andover.

Find out more about the transport service

How to apply

Please note: The recruitment process for this programme starting September 2024 is now closed for applications.

If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this degree placement, please get in touch via email at: [email protected]

If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this degree placement before applying or during the recruitment process, please get in touch via email at: [email protected]


We aim to make all staff feel valued and supported with training and a competitive salary along with providing the knowledge and skills needed to do a great job. Find out more about the benefits we offer.

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All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Prior’s Court is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek and embrace differences in thinking, experience, ethnicity, age, gender, faith, personalities, and styles.  

The different skills, experiences and backgrounds our employees bring to their roles create a workforce as diverse and individual as the young people we support and makes Prior’s Court a special place to work.

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