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Primary Education (2-Year Accelerated Degree), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Our degree is condensed into an intensive two year programme
  • Hands-on training taught by specialists with links in primary education, featuring opportunities for school-based placements
  • Incorporates the most current and up-to-date advances in response to changes in this ever evolving sector.



Our years of primary education have the biggest impact on the person we grow up to be.

Primary education is constantly evolving and changing. Our degree provides advanced teaching in response to changes in government initiatives, technology and society. Our accelerated degree takes only two years to complete, by the end of which you will be highly knowledgeable on current primary education theory and practice.

During this time you will be taught by a range of specialists who use their experience, research and links within primary education to deliver a sequence of highly engaging courses. This will be taught through face to face lecture and seminars and a range of online activities and resources that support the diverse needs of all our students.

Our programme aims to develop your awareness of the current practices in primary and early years settings. This includes developing a conceptual understanding of primary education issues. Most of all we educate our students to be independent learners and thinkers. During your two years with us, you will learn how to reflect critically upon the professional practice you experience and to relate this directly to your learning on campus. During school and enrichment experiences you will have the opportunity to apply these methods within primary or early years settings and to reflect on this.

Our two year accelerated degree is for you if you are looking to gain qualified teacher status by applying for a School Direct or PGCE following graduation. Similarly, our degree is ideal if you are considering becoming a high level teaching assistant, or seeking to progress into further study at Level 7.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels, of which no more than 12 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.

At least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics 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 (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 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 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.

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

What people say

Greenwich was an easy choice as it is the only university that does an accelerated 2 year degree. The campus has lots of useful resources and the tutors were so helpful!

Muna Salad
BA Hons Primary Education (2 Year Accelerated)

Extra information


Students will have range of assessment experiences, including:

  • Essays
  • Presentations (group, and individual)
  • An assessed debate
  • A comparative study
  • Reports
  • A personal statement and employment preparation
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • A research project.

Two courses allow students to choose the mode of submission. There are no examinations.


Opportunities are available in primary and early years teaching after completing a one-year PGCE or School Direct qualification. Other top up routes include social work, speech and language therapy and child nursing. You will develop a range transferable professional and academic skills that are in demand in a range of other careers and you may also consider employment as a high-level teaching assistant, with the police, education, publishing, local government or journalism.

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:

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