Early Years (Postgraduate Certificate)

Designed for professionals working in an early years setting, this course will enable 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, 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’ll support you to find suitable employment.

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.

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.

You’ll gain experience of varied placements and a range of age groups – providing you with different routes into becoming a teacher.

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

Module Descriptions

  • Advanced Practice in Early Years - Engage critically with the latest issues, research and debates within the sector
  • Child Development in Early Years - Develop a deeper understanding of child development theories


Full-Time one day per week

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Study style

  • Placement experience, lectures, workshops and reflective study
  • 100% coursework

Course modules

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Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Employment in the early years sector
  • At least grade 4 (C) GCSE in maths, English and science, or equivalent
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent


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

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Student Focus

Sarah Steel

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.

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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.

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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Benefit from the experience of varied placements in a range of age groups and settings.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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