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Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status

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What is Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status EYTS, PgCert?

Designed for professionals working in an early years setting, this course enables you to become a specialist in early childhood development, while gaining Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and a recognised qualification in early years. With endorsement from the Government, this course recognises 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 working in an early years setting. You’ll explore concepts of leadership and management, 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.

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Study style

You’ll learn through placements, lectures, workshops and reflective study, and you’ll be assessed through coursework. You’ll gain experience of varied placements and a range of age groups – providing you with different routes into becoming a teacher.

On the full-time version of the course you’ll study one day a week, while working in an early years setting – enabling you to continue with your current employment while you study. If you don’t currently have a role in an early years setting, we’ll support you to find suitable employment.

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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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree equivalent in this subject area.

    • Employment in the early years sector

    • GCSE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules

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Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • teaching within early years settings, free schools, academies and independent schools
  • education roles in local authority
  • lecturing roles in further education.

Postgraduate 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.

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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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Placements

You’ll benefit from the experience of varied placements in a range of age groups and settings.

"The university helps you address gaps in your knowledge"

“I didn’t know how much I didn’t know, but the university helps you address gaps in your knowledge to make you a better teacher and practitioner. The tutors treat us like grown-ups – we all have other commitments (such as jobs and family), but they are available to us when we need them.”

Sarah Steel, Early Years graduate

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