Early Years, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • 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).
  • Located across the University's iconic Greenwich Maritime Campus



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.


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).


Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the BA Early Years programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

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

What you'll study

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 courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk 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 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 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.

What people say

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.

Christina Christoforou
Early Years, BA Hons 

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 

I chose Greenwich University because of its amazing reputation for health and social care education.

Chris Cherry
BA Hons Early Years 

The course has trained me to think in the right way when analysing research and writing reports. It's given me a range of practical skills which are really helping my work placement and I am now much more confident in achieving my goals.

RovieSia Eliseta Kwayu
BA Hons Early Years

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Continual assessment.


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:

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