Early Years, BA Hons

  • 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).

X314 A BA/EYEd

For 2016

260

For 2017

104

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Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

3 years full time

6 years part time

Overview

Overview

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.

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.

Qualifications

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).

UCAS code

X314 A BA/EYEd

Department

Education & Community Studies

Location

Avery Hill Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

104 UCAS points

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

OR BTEC National, DVCE or Advanced GNVQ grades, or equivalent qualifications.

PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs, including mathematics and English, at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications.

You will be required to attend an interview.

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

* We welcome applications from mature students.

* 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 (with a minimum of XX in each skill) 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.

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Continual assessment.

Career options

Graduates have opportunities in early years settings, including nurseries, children's centres, health and social care and community settings and schools.

Course content

Placements

Find out about the placement opportunities we offer.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Education and Community Studies

Our Education and Community Studies programmes provide a sound foundation for those wishing to work with or understand the education of children and young people from infant to adult.

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What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Please note: Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

260 UCAS tariff points from A-levels, of which no more than 60 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 with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent.

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 (usually 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 international@gre.ac.uk 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 the programme
  • Attending an interview
  • Passing Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy
  • Undergoing a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

What people say

I loved the experiences and learning environment of Greenwich Uni, it really helped me grow as a person.

Christina Christoforou
BA Hons Early Years

Our tutors have a passion for what they are doing. They have great relationships with the students and are helpful with assignments, offering me one-to-one tutorials if needed.

Uzma Rehman
BA Hons Early Years

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Continual assessment.

Careers

Our graduates pursue careers in primary and early years teaching (after completing a one-year PGCE
qualification) and have opportunities in early years settings including nurseries, children's centres, schools, health and social care and community settings.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Avery Hill Campus

Situated in Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 20 walk)

TFL buses frequently run closeby.

Free 15 min stay parking available on campus. 'Pay and display' car parks nearby.

Campus bus service every half hour between campuses.

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