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Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (top-up), 15 months part-time (top-up)

Start date

September 2024


Education nurtures curiosity, stokes ambition and shapes careers. On this BA (Hons) Education Studies top-up degree course, you'll study education as a discipline and gain the skills and knowledge you need to work within education across a range of sectors and professions.

You'll turn your Level 5 qualification – such as a diploma, teaching apprenticeship or foundation degree – into a full Bachelor's degree. You'll develop a deeper understanding of how people learn, explore education in relation to society and build on your research skills.

Choose to study full time or part time over 15 months, which enables you to work alongside your course and apply what you learn to your role in real time.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to step up into a career championing education as a lifelong experience, such as in educational practice, professional training, nurseries, youth work or (with further study) teaching.

Course highlights

  • Explore cultural, emotional and social learning perspectives, such as the significance of heritage in the educational experience, societal norms in education, and the role of mentoring within an educational context
  • Be taught by expert researchers and practitioners from our School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC)
  • Study full time or on a part time basis alongside your job
  • Graduate with a full Bachelor's degree that’s valued across the education sector

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • Relevant HE study leading to a Level 5 qualification, for example an appropriate HND, foundation degree or Advanced Diploma, or 240 credits from year 1 and year 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), in a relevant subject

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

Explore more about how we make your offer

I really enjoyed this one-year journey, as it has added lots of knowledge and insight to my experiences. It has offered me the opportunity to grow my knowledge about the education system and policies in the UK through the assignments and work we have done.

Bahra Karim, BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up)

Careers and opportunities

This education studies top-up degree will give you a solid grounding in the theory and ideas of practice behind education and the way people teach and learn.

It's ideal if you want a versatile Bachelor's degree that will open doors across the education sector and beyond.

Further study

This course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but it does provide the gateway to study for further postgraduate qualifications, including QTS, early years initial teacher training (EYITT), qualifying social work Master's and other postgraduate courses.

For example, once you graduate with this BA (Hons) Education Studies top-up degree, you could do further postgraduate study to become a teacher via a PGCE course, such as our Primary PGCE or Further Education and Training PGCE.

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

What jobs can you do with an education studies top-up degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • teaching in primary education (with further training)
  • teaching in colleges (with further training)
  • early years teacher (with further training)
  • social worker (with further training)
  • senior management roles in nurseries
  • senior positions in education and training in areas such as nursing and police work

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation – 40 credits
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Proposal – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • 21st Century Lives – 20 credits
  • Aspiring Leaders and Managers - 20 credits
  • Behaviour Matters - 20 credits
  • Education and Society – 20 credits
  • Going Outside: Pedagogies for Outdoor Learning - 20 credits
  • Issues Relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health - 20 credits
  • Promoting Confident, Capable Learners - 20 credits
  • Risks, Relationships and Responsibilities in Universal Safeguarding - 20 credits
  • Skills for Mentoring in An Educational Context – 20 credits

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The tutors happily supported students and their opportunities to grow and learn no matter how challenging the situation was, they were always there.

Bahra Karim, BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up)

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • presentations
  • essays
  • reports
  • dissertation

You’ll receive ongoing feedback from your course lecturers to help you develop throughout the course.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group activities

You'll get feedback throughout and get one-on-one support from your personal tutor.

You can access all teaching resources anytime from your smartphone, laptop or desktop computer on Moodle, our virtual learning environment.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

Note that if you're an EU and International student, you can only apply for this course if you don't require a Student Route Visa.

Full time

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Part time

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Year 1 (80 credits): £4,110
  • Year 2 (40 credits): £2,060

EU Students (including Transition Scholarship)

  • Year 1 (80 credits): £4,110
  • Year 2 (40 credits): £2,060

International students

  • Year 1 (80 credits): £12,070
  • Year 2 (40 credits): £6,030

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


Note that if you're an EU and International student, you can only apply for this course if you don't require a Student Route Visa.

How to apply

To start this course full time in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – X300
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course part time in 2024, use our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in our international students section

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.