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Nottingham Institute of Education

Early Years Initial Teacher Training PGCE

This one year, part-time degree is ideal if you are employed in an Early Years setting and leads to Teachers' Standard (Early Years) Award.

Driven by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the recent introduction of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training qualification aims to raise the status of the early years workforce, providing specialist practitioners with the knowledge and understanding required to give children the best start in life.

Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

Entry requirements

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent; and
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent; and
  • Relevant current experience of practice in an early years setting. Applicants would be expected to be employed within an early years setting at the time of studying and for the duration of the course.

Other requirements:

  • an interview; and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Course modules

Knowledge of Early Learning and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Explore and reflect how young children learn, grow and develop, and consider this against theoretical viewpoints, current research and media perspectives. Consider how Early Years Frameworks apply in practice to inspire, motivate and challenge all children.

Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Children
Consider the broad areas of observation, planning and assessment and how to adapt programmes to meet the differing needs of children. You will assess methods of working in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals to support children's learning and development.

Professional Leadership in Early Years
Consider the fundamental principles and strategies for leadership and management in Early Years and reflect on how these impact your professional practice.

Early Years Professional Practice
Covering all three terms, this module allows you to gather your portfolio of evidence to demonstrate you meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). You will engage in self-reflection and share practice with other professionals during your study, as well as evidencing work experience and teaching practice.

Education Policy and Practice in Early Years
Investigate the various influences on policy analysis and processes of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. You will explore contemporary education reforms both in the UK and internationally, in terms of their origins, orientations and consequences for Early Years settings.

Sponsorship information

The National College for Teaching and Leadership have just announced new bursaries for graduate entry Early Years Initial Teacher Training. Bursaries are now available of up to £5,000 for graduates with a first class degree, £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1, and £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2.


Fee covered by NCTL funding. Please contact the department for more details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Part-time day Home/EU 1 Years

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