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Early Years, BA Hons (Top-up) Undergraduate prospectus

  • Lectures one day a week to fit around your early years employment
  • Opportunity to graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

X312 A BA/EY1

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1 years full time

2 years part time



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 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 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.


Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich Campus, the early years programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich Campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

You will require one of the following:

  • A foundation degree in early years with a grade point average of at least 55%
  • A relevant HND at Merit level
  • An undergraduate honours degree in another discipline.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

You will require an equivalent to one of the following:

  • A foundation degree in early years with a grade point average of at least 55%
  • A relevant HND at Merit level
  • An undergraduate honours degree in another discipline.

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.

In addition:

If you are undertaking Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)  alongside the BA Hons Early Years Top Up, you will be required to:

  • Have GCSE English, maths and science with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent before commencing the programme
  • Attend an interview
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

What people say

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

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Continual assessment.


Graduates have opportunities in early years settings including nurseries, children's centres, schools and
health and social care and community settings. If you wish to pursue a career in early years or primary teaching, you can go on to study one of our postgraduate PGCE or School Direct programmes.

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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