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Early Years, BA Hons (Top-up)

Already Level 5 early years qualified? Our top up course will enhance your knowledge to develop in different areas of the early years whilst honing skills on placements & putting theory into practice.

The early years degree is designed to offer a contemporary, inclusive, and responsive curriculum to learners who will develop into autonomous, competent, confident practitioners.

Our degree has placements at the core and as a student you will be in placement 2 days per week for the entirety of our programme. Our dedicated early years facilities include a simulated early years nursery, so academic lessons are practical and realistic and will prepare you for future employment. You will also have a wide range of experiences to support your study for example forest school, outdoor learning centres and specialist settings.

The degree meets the QAA benchmarks to enable you to practice in early years settings, and throughout the degree you will meet Graduate Practitioner competencies.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

X314 G BA/EYEd

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Greenwich Campus


  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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2025/26 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • You will learn in a very practical and applied way, linking university teaching and learning to the real world environment
  • You will be on placement for 2 days per week for the entirety of the programme working directly with children
  • Our specialist facilities simulate an early years nursery for practical academic lessons that will prepare you for employment
  • It is taught at the university's iconic Greenwich Campus
  • Rated Good for our Early Years teaching (Ofsted, 2023).

Early Years, BA Hons

Want to find out what studying Early Years at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Jill Harrison.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

The programme is delivered by a highly experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Our team brings a wide range of specialties to the course and our collaboration across the School of Health Sciences and with external agencies brings greater depth, knowledge, and expertise from professions that you will be working with during your time at university and practice placements

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We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • Foundation degree in Early Years with at least 55% or relevant HND at grade Merit.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Applicants with a degree in an unrelated subject may be considered if they have relevant experience within the early years workforce.

Application and selection

For more information, use our contact form or call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact

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How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.


Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2025/26 fees

To be confirmed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies or resources to support your study (estimate, £100 per year)
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £50)
  • DBS: You will need a completed enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (current cost is £53) carried out through the University if you do the early years teachers status or graduate practitioner award.
  • Training: You may wish to complete the food handlers/food hygiene certificate (current cost is under £15)
  • Transport: You will need to pay for the cost of travel to placements.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

If you do the Early Years Teachers Status or the Graduate practitioner award alongside your degree, you will need experience with babies, Toddlers and the older child and may need placements to achieve this.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Our friendly and supportive staff are committed to supporting you during your studies.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.