Please note: this programme is open on a shortlisting basis, so spaces are limited each academic year. The recruitment process for the academic year 2023/24 is now closed. Keep an eye on this page for updates for the recruitment for 2024/25.

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

We are looking for caring, patient, fun students from all backgrounds to join our team. Whether you have experience in a care environment, or don't have experience but have a passion to help transform the lives of young people with complex autism - we would love to hear from you.

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Under review for future cohorts

Hours: Variable and flexible, mostly weekdays but required to work minimum one weekend in three. Early shift is 7am to 4pm. Late shift is 2pm to 10pm. Study/ PBS days are 8am to 4pm.
Contract type: Fixed - Minimum 40 weeks. Full-time.
Start date: September 2023

The role of a Degree Placement Autism Practitioner

The placement will consist of:

  • A rotation of six shifts over two weeks working directly with our young people (paid). These cover various days and hours (which may include Bank Holidays) and can be flexible. See the Autism Practitioner role for more details. Our early shift starts at 7am and finishes at 4pm and our late shift starts at 2pm and finishes at 10pm.
  • Two days fortnightly working with the Positive Behaviour Support team (unpaid), providing support for the management of behaviours and mental health needs of our young people.
  • One day a week will 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 our young people (paid).
  • You will receive monthly supervision and support from your manager as well as Positive Behaviour Support and residential supervisors.

You will gain:

  • Experience of working with young people with complex autism.
  • In-house training to help your personal development and a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of analysing data and being part of a team that promotes early interventions.

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For those who are not experienced in care, we offer a comprehensive, free training programme including hands-on working alongside experienced and senior team members. We have colleagues who completely changed their career to come and work with us and now thoroughly enjoy how rewarding it can be supporting our young people.

We also offer an extensive benefits and rewards package.

Can't drive?

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


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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Contact us about this role

t: 01635 247202
e: [email protected]

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