Early Years Education (two-year accelerated degree) London Metropolitan University


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 or an alternative qualified teacher status (QTS) programme.

You'll be guaranteed an interview if you choose to pursue a PGCE or 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.

More about this course

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.

Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Early years and primary teaching [after completing a one-year PGCE]

  • Social work [after completion of a two-year MA Social Work]

  • Early years settings

  • Charities and Local Community projects

  • Further and Higher Education lecturing

  • Government, private and voluntary sectors

The formal title of the course is Early Years Education BA (Hons). This is what will be shown on the certificate and transcript.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location


  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Example Year 1 modules include:

Children's Rights, Advocacy and Safeguarding
Global Challenges: Inclusion in Practice
Succeeding in HE: Criticality in Reading, Writing and Argument
The Developing Child (Birth to Three Years)
Working with Children and Preparing for Professional Practice

Example Year 2 modules include:

Action Research for Practitioners: Placement and Project
Curriculum: Syllabus in Practice
Early Years Policy, Issues and Themes
Education and Children's Lives: Social Worlds of Childhood
The Developing Child (Three to Six Years)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed by a range of methods based on coursework. These include presentations, portfolios, posters and essays.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X323
Institution code L68
Campus name Holloway
Campus code O

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points You should hold a GCSE grade C (equivalent qualifications can be accepted as long as they also meet the threshold requirement for entry to QTS) or above in English and either mathematics or a science.

The course is designed to equip its graduates to progress to a post-graduate programme offering QTS and therefore the expectation is that applicants will possess the necessary qualifications before commencing their degree. Students who do not hold a GCSE grade C or above in both mathematics and a science will need to gain this in order to be considered for a PGCE).

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.
A level BBC

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £22,200 Whole course
England £22,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £22,200 Whole course
Scotland £22,200 Whole course
Wales £22,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

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.

Sponsorship information

You may be able to benefit from fee waivers specific to accelerated degree students at London Met: for applicants starting with us in the 2018-19 academic year we plan to offer students on the Early Years Education BA (Hons) and Primary Education BA (Hons) a £2,000 fee waiver per year for each of the two years: the full, pre-discount fee will be £12,000 per year.