Early Years (Postgraduate Certificate)

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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 and providing you with an employee incentive grant to have a contrasting placement elsewhere to enable you to become a specialist in the 0-5 age group. 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/


  • Advanced Practice in Early Years
  • Advanced Child Development

Study style

Assessment is 100% by coursework.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

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, graduates 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, academies and independent schools
  • Education role with local authority
  • Lecturer in further education

outstanding by ofsted

Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years

Alongside Early Years Teacher Status, successful trainees will have the opportunity to achieve Masters level credits and be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years.

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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