University Of Greenwich Early Years

By | 8th June 2017

University Of Greenwich Early Years

Early Years, BA Hons

I loved the experiences and learning environment of Greenwich Uni, it really helped me grow as a person. All my tutors and lecturers are amazing at their job! They guided me in the right direction and were there for me whether I needed academic or personal support.

Uzma Rehman
BA Hons Early Years 

  • If you are looking for a practical degree, our degree includes twice-weekly work placements working directly with children.
  • We have specialist facilities simulating an early years nursery so even academic lessons are practical and realistic to prepare you for employment.
  • Opportunity to graduate with a BA and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

University Of Greenwich Early Years


Investment in a child’s earliest years has a significant influence on their future success.

While studying our early years degree, you will learn to be a visionary leader and agent for change under the expert tuition of our dedicated teaching staff. You will reflect on the common core values of the early years workforce, review practice and policy and learn the importance of encouraging a child’s development in partnership with their family. This encompasses all physical, intellectual, social and emotional development as well as children’s rights, equality and inclusion.

An integral part of the programme is a twice-weekly early years work placement which will help you form links with potential future employers for an early years career.

For those interested in social policy, there will be the opportunity to visit Denmark where you will learn about the inspiring Danish early years environment. You will also take trips to forest schools and outdoor learning centres to discover alternative teaching methods.

University Of Greenwich Early Years

Degree structure

Our degree is particularly unique in its focused approach in each year of study.

In year one, you will concentrate on early development, from cognition to health and well-being.

In year two we explore the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will reflect and critique children’s acquisition of maths, English and science, designing resources to take into your work placements to strengthen practice in these areas.

In year three, the focus moves towards leadership and management. Most of your lectures will take place on just one day in order to fit in course-related work commitments. Embedded in all courses are the graduate skills employers look for, with plenty of opportunities for you to develop your presentation delivery, group working and research skills.


During your third year you will have the opportunity to graduate with not only a BA Hons Early Years degree, but also Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

University Of Greenwich Early Years

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

104 UCAS tariff points from A-levels, of which no more than 10 UCAS tariff points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses.

Plus at least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C.

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

Direct entry to Year 3 is available for qualified applicants. Please see our BA Hons Early Years top-up programme.

If you are planning to undertake Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in the third year of the BA Hons Early Years, the following will be required before commencing your third year:

  • GCSE English, maths and science with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent before commencing your third year
  • Attending an interview
  • Passing Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy
  • Undergoing a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Early Years, BA Hons (Top-up)

My manager at my work placement offered me a job and I’ve been working as a nursery nurse ever since!

Tasnim Haider
BA Hons Early Years

  • Lectures one day a week to fit around your early years employment
  • Opportunity to graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).


What we learn in the early years of our lives shapes the adults we become.

Our Top-Up degree is a one-year qualification for foundation and honours graduates who wish to retrain in Early Years. You will have the opportunity to graduate with not only a degree but also with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

During the Top-Up year you will develop your ability to successfully lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage, support and mentor colleagues and to raise standards in multi-agency settings. As many of our students are working in the early years environment, most of your lectures take place on just one day of the week to fit in with work schedules.

Embedded in all courses are the graduate skills that employers look for, with a focus on leadership and management. You will develop your presentation delivery, group working and researching skills. Your studies will also incorporate and reflect on the core values of the workforce, reviewing practice and policy.

Throughout your year with us, you will begin to specialise in an area of early years which you are passionate about. This will then be the focus of your research for your dissertation. You may even wish to further develop your chosen specialism in a Master’s degree. With a dedicated teaching staff to support your learning, we encourage our students to meet regularly with their personal tutors, all of whom are experts in their fields.

By the end of your Top-Up year we aim for you to be a visionary leader in the workplace. You will fully understand the need to work in partnership with families to encourage a child’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. You’ll also have a working knowledge of children’s rights and how to employ practices of equality and inclusion as you embark on your new career in the early years sector.