Early Years, BA Hons

Early Years, BA Hons

Investment in a child's earliest years has a significant influence on their future success.

Whilst studying the BA Hons Early Years you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through planning activities and observations with children. This degree incorporates and reflects on the common core values of the early years workforce, and reviews practice and policy.

You will develop your practice skills during a work placement that you attend twice a week. This placements forms an integral part of the programme.

What's particularly unique about our degree at the University of Greenwich is its focused approach in each year of study.

In year one, we concentrate on early development from cognition to health and wellbeing.

In year two we refine this even further, exploring the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum areas of learning. We reflect and critique children's acquisition of maths, English and science, designing resources to take into placements to strengthen practice in these areas. A highlight during this year is the exploration of the early years environment with trips to forest schools and outdoor learning centers. For those interested in social policy, there is the opportunity to visit Denmark where you will learn about the inspiring Danish early years environment.

In year three, the focus moves towards leadership and management and this is most fitting for our students to gain employment in the early years sector. In order to facilitate your availability for employment in the early years sector, most of your lectures will take place on just one day of the week in this final year.  

During the third year you will have the opportunity to complete Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This provides the option to graduate with not only a BA Hons Early Years degree but also Early Years Teacher Status. You can also choose a course of your choice and engage in research for your dissertation. This allows you to begin to specialise in an area of early years that you are passionate about. Some students opt to progress onto a master's degree to further develop their specialism. 

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 researching skills. Personal development is equally important, and to foster this we have a strong pastoral focus whereby we encourage all students to meet with their personal tutor regularly.

At the University of Greenwich we are committed to raising the profile of early years, making sure that every child gets the best start to life.

The aims of the degree are:

  • To prepare you to model the skills and behaviours required to safeguard and promote high-quality outcomes for young children.
  • To develop your understanding of the need to encourage children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development in partnership with families in a context that values children's rights and encourages practices of equality and inclusion.
  • To prepare you for the changing context of early years and to be effective leaders who are visionary and capable of being "agents for change" in the workplace.

UCAS code

X314 A BA/EYEd


Education & Community Studies


Avery Hill Campus


3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

260 UCAS points

PLUS a minimum of 3 GCSEs including C or above in English and mathematics or equivalent

Direct entry into Year 3 is available to applicants with a first degree from a UK university or equivalent institution or a foundation degree.


Students are assessed through written assignments, portfolios and 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

Full time

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.


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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