About the Department of Education & Community Studies Faculty of Education & Health

The Department of Education and Community Studies vision is to have a holistic approach to education, which reflects the whole experience of learning from birth to adulthood. We aim to create graduates who are responsive to the needs of children, young people, adults and the communities they serve.


Our  undergraduate and postgraduate degrees enable those interested in careers in education, childcare, youth work, social enterprise, the third sector and the wider public sector. As well as undergraduate degrees in Education Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies and Early Years we also offer an MA Education and a PGCE Early Years teaching and a PhD and Doctorate in Education.


Many members of the department are internationally recognised leaders in their field and have published in highly regarded academic and practitioner journals.

The research interests of the department cover:

  • Social history of education
  • Special needs
  • Natural learning
  • Child psychology
  • Early years teacher training
  • Leadership and Management
  • Education Policy.

The department is also home to two research centres – Play & Recreation and Outdoor Education & Natural Learning. These centres deliver seminars and events during the academic year.


We have an established and vibrant partnership with Charlton Athletic Community Trust, the Royal Borough of Greenwich as well as maintaining close links with a broad range of schools, partner colleges and the wider community through joint programmes and work placements. The department has close links with professional bodies such as Play England and National Youth Agency. We also have links with colleges in Malaysia through our Early Years programme.