Early Years Education (two-year accelerated degree) - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Our Early Years Education BA (Hons) degree is a fast-track route to a career in teaching. The degree can be completed in just two years rather than the traditional three and qualifies you for graduate entry into a PGCE of qualified teacher status (QTS) programme.
You'll be guaranteed an interview if you choose to pursue a PGCE of QTS course at London Met following the degree. London Met has a long history of providing early childhood training and teacher education, as one of the first universities to offer a degree in early childhood studies. London Met recognises that this course is often taken in order to become a teacher in a school, this two-year, accelerated degree programme was developed to support career progression towards that goal.
This two-year long, full honours degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a professional working teacher. This course is an excellent opportunity to join the education workforce in rapid time.
You will gain a secure knowledge in all aspects of children and childhood. The course emphasises links between theory and practice, and develops academic skills and knowledge. You'll explore and debate a range of contemporary issues and current policy.This accelerated degree will help you to implement effective practice with children and families, and to act as an advocate for their rights and wellbeing.
The early childhood studies course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field, who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and inspiring you. You'll learn how to make transformational changes to the lives of children, families and communities.
You'll be assessed through a range of methods, based on coursework. These include presentations, portfolios, posters and essays.
This two-year accelerated degree will prepare you to apply for an Early Years PGCE with qualified teacher status, which is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of three A levels with grades BBC (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
- GCSE English and both Maths and science at grade C or above (grade 4 from 2017) (or equivalent grade)
Because this course is designed to equip its graduates to progress to a postgraduate programme offering QTS, there is the expectation that applicants possess the qualifications they need for this posgraduate programme before commencing their undergraduate degree.
If you do not hold a GCSE at grade C or above in both Mathematics and a science, you will need to gain this in order to be considered for a PGCE. Students graduating from the degree who hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a science are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE or equivalent route to QTS at London Met.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
With this accelerated degree you could progress to a PGCE / QTS course after two years rather than three. The course will support your preparation for the skills tests required for a PGCE / QTS course. Students graduating from the degree and who hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, mathematics and a science are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE or equivalent route to QTS at London Met.
You may also be able to progress to a PGCE/EYTS course after two years, rather than three. Currently this course is employment based.
Year 1 modules include:
- Criticality in reading, writing and argument
- Children's rights and advocacy
- Early years curriculum, learning and development
- Global perspectives on inclusive practice
- Professional practice experience
Year 2 modules include:
- Children from birth to three
- Early years policy, contemporary issues and themes
- The social worlds of children
- Action research and placement enquiry
Students are expected to attend university two full days per week. Attendance at a placement/related work experience is also required.
This BA (Hons) Early Years Education is primarily focused on progression to the role of classroom teacher for children aged between three and seven, following subsequent completion of the PGCE Early Years with QTS. However, it also supports those wishing to enter other professional roles within the early childhood sector, including senior roles within nursery settings and advisory roles within local authorities or government departments. As a full honours degree it opens up options for postgraduate study and career development across a number of fields concerned with children and their well-being.
These fees and the fee waiver are subject to confirmation of government student funding for accelerated degree students. At present, the University is waiting to find out how much government funding will be made available per year to accelerated degree students from the 2018-19 academic year.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.