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Please note: this degree programme will begin in September 2023. Therefore we are not taking applications for 2022 entry at this time.

Study at St Mary's University one day a week whilst continuing your work with children and young people for at least half of the week (in either a paid or voluntary capacity).

  • St Mary’s graded ‘outstanding’ in all areas of teacher training (Ofsted 2019).
  • The route allows you to utilise your experiences of working with both children and experienced teachers.
  • Completion of the programme allows you to move on to a course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Each module is delivered by specialists with a background in the primary classroom.

Why study Early Years Education (Work-Based Route)?

This is a one-year enhancement degree following the Early Years Education foundation programme.

The BA Early Years Education attracts teaching assistants and others working in the primary sectors who wish to extend their foundation degree to achieve an undergraduate degree.

The route allows you to utilise your experiences of working with both children and experienced teachers.

Why St Mary's?

You will have access to our resources outside of normal teaching hours, including the Library and Learning Technology services.

Successful completion allows you to apply for a route into teaching to gain QTS, such as a Primary PGCE.

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Entry requirements

An A Level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent is required and you will also need to have successfully completed a foundation degree in Early Years Education.

You must have been employed in a primary school or an Early Years Foundation Stage setting (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) for a minimum of 2.5 days per week for at least one year. You will need to continue to be employed in this capacity during the programme.


A GCSE grade 4/C (or equivalent) in English Language. We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

Head teacher supporting statement

Your head teacher will need to complete the Supporting Statement Form in order for us to confirm your place on the course. We will notify them of your application, but feel free to send them the link.

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Course content

Year one

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

As well as enabling you to gain a full undergraduate degree, this programme will develop your CPD and career path within the Education Sector.

The Early Years Education one year enhancement also helps pave the way for you to apply for a PGCE, Schools Direct or Work-Based Route programme to gain qualified teacher status.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Early Years Education (Work-Based Route) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The degree is taught using a range of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, small group work, observations and practical based activities.

Students are expected to bring their own work experiences into the discussions and to relate this to the academic theories to which they will be introduced.

A virtual learning environment will support you throughout the course with an appropriate range of resources.

Class sizes are no more than 36 students per group.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 10%
  • Guided learning: 74%
  • Independent study: 16%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

The range and appropriateness of the assessment modes is designed to enhance students' academic and intellectual skills as well as bringing them to a critical realisation of their capability in practice.

The types of assessment complement their work experience and demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between informed theory and practice. Assignments range from portfolios, presentations and display boards.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 fees

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: not available to international students

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding

For information about financing your studies - please check the fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Further information

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Upcoming open days

Meet current students, explore our green campus, and find out why St Mary’s could be the place for you.

You'll also get a chance to:

Staff from various teams, including the Student’s Union, Student Funding, and Admissions, will also be around to discuss any questions you may have about studying at St Mary’s.

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day. We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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