Early Years (Postgraduate Certificate)

Baby with a rattle in a play pen

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Specialise in early childhood development and gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Endorsed by the government, this course gives professional recognition to practitioners who have the skills needed to lead high-quality early years practice. The course takes a strong practical focus and is designed to be studied alongside work in an early years setting, enabling you to continue with your current employment while you study. If you do not currently have a role in an early years setting, we will support you to find suitable employment.

Concepts of leadership and management will be explored, including managing and measuring the impact of change. Contemporary and controversial issues will also be examined, to strengthen your ability to engage critically with information sources.

The course is completely funded, including £7,000 for your employer, enabling them to release you for 10% of the time and to fund supply cover.  

For further information, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options.


  • Advanced Practice in Early Years
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years
  • Education and Sustainability: Values Based Approach
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Small Scale Investigations to Improve Teaching, Learning Assessment

Study style

Assessment is 100% by coursework.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy all of the following

  • An honours degree or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the literacy and numeracy professional skills test
  • Employment in the early years sector. The University of Gloucestershire can assist with finding suitable employment. In addition, graduate need to have at least grade C GCSE in mathematics, English and science, or equivalent. + EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.


  • Teaching within early years settings, free schools and independent schools
  • Education role with local authority
  • Lecturer in further education

outstanding by ofsted

Outstanding course delivery and content

Our Primary Education (BEd) has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Benefit from a course underpinned by the same knowledge and expertise. Graduate as a qualified teacher with the skills to become outstanding in your chosen career path.

work-based programme

Choose a learning pathway to suit your situation

If you're a graduate, you can do a 12 month part-time work-based programme. If you're an undergraduate, you can study this award alongside a three year full-time undergraduate degree in a childhood related subject. As an undergraduate, you could also follow an intensive three month assessment only route.

fully funded

Fully funded

The course is completely funded, including £7,000 for your employer, enabling them to release you for 10% of the time and to fund supply cover.

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