Education, Childhood and Youth Studies

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A range of education-related qualifications and courses exploring childhood and youth in today’s society

Undergraduate courses Undergraduate courses

Childhood and Youth Studies

BA (Hons)

An innovative degree combining the study of the many aspects that impact on the lives of children and young people, in preparation for roles in education, social care and health related areas

Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology

BA (Hons)

Study the issues that affect young people today in a course informed by psychology’s approach to personal and social behaviour

Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons)

An opportunity to explore a range of concepts relating to young children drawing on theories and practices of education, sociology, psychology, health and social policy

Early Childhood Studies with Psychology

BA (Hons)

A unique opportunity to bring together the study of early childhood as a major subject and related issues of psychology in a child’s development

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Postgraduate courses Postgraduate courses

Educational Leadership and Management


A professionally relevant course for teachers, trainers, lecturers and instructors within the private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education and training who aspire to senior management positions

Learning and Teaching


This course is designed to explore practical and reflective issues relevant to teachers, lecturers, Early Years practitioners and teaching assistants to help enhance professional practice

PGCE Business Studies

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach Business Studies and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE Computer Science

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach Computer Science and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE English

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach English and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE Geography

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach Geography and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE Mathematics

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach mathematics and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE Modern Foreign Languages

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach languages and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

PGCE Post-Compulsory Education

PGCE Accredited

A course combining reflective learning and subject-specific knowledge with skills-based practical study to qualify as a ‘professional teacher’

PGCE Science

PGCE Accredited

Train to teach Science and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

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Early Years Care and Education

FdA Accredited

Endorsed by the Early Years sector, this course is for enthusiastic and committed early years professionals with a desire to develop their understanding

Education and Training Studies

BA (Hons)

This course is for education and training professionals to develop their knowledge, skills and ability within their current education roles

Learning Support


Earn a nationally recognised qualification to develop your knowledge and critical understanding in order to enhance your learning support role

Post Compulsory Education

CertEd Accredited

Reflect on and expand your practice as a teacher or trainer while enhancing your opportunities for further study and career prospects within your chosen education-related profession

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Postgraduate Research

The School of Education and Continuing Studies (SECS) offers a wide selection of research programmes developed in partnership with schools and colleges to ensure that students meet and exceed all requirements for professional and classroom relevance.

Currently, areas of research exploration include the teaching and learning processes, special educational needs, post 16 education and training, curriculum provision in secondary and post-compulsory education, aspects of initial teacher training (ITT), education management and early years provision.

We welcome PhD research applications from anyone who has an interest in any of the areas above. Please contact us by email to discuss your research ideas and research proposals.

MRes Humanities and Social Sciences

This Master's offers the opportunity to study your core interest in depth, with flexible opportunities to expand your knowledge of a specific subject area and complementary research thesis in any area of education, criminology and criminal justice, applied linguistics, translation, politics and international relations, history, or literary studies. Read more.

Graduate School

The University of Portsmouth Graduate School is a dedicated centre for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. It supports, administers and coordinates training for the MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate programmes. We have a dynamic population of over 600 research students, including many international students, who form an essential and valued part of the of the University’s research culture.

The Graduate School is here to guide you through the necessary steps to becoming a postgraduate research student. A good starting point is to look at the different research degree options we offer and then to consider the research degree areas we can supervise.

If you have any questions about studying for a research degree at the University of Portsmouth, please complete our enquiry form and read more about how to apply.

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