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Early Years Leading To Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) PGCE

This course is designed to allow graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become an Early Years Teacher (EYT).

The PGCE with EYTS at Staffordshire University offers specialist support and expertise from tutors who are at the forefront of developments in early years teaching. It is characterised by small class sizes allowing effective links with the schools and nursery provision in our partnership.

The course is funded by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) so there are no course fees and your employer will be paid a bursary to support you to attend classes at University and attend another setting for additional experience.

The course aims to develop your professional competencies in the creation and delivery of programmes in early years education, and to develop the wider professional knowledge and skills expected of a qualified early years teacher.

Entry requirements

To apply for the course you will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate subject.
  • mathematics, English and science GCSE grade C qualifications or above.
  • a good general education.
  • to demonstrate a good understanding of the education system gained from work or placement in schools or experience of working with children from birth to five.

You must:

  • be employed in a setting with children aged birth to five and this can be either full- or part-time. If you are part-time you will need to complete additional days in the setting to meet the requirements of 120 days which are assessed against the Teacher Standards at
  • be ICT literate.
  • pass the Maths and English skills tests before a place on the course can be offered.

You will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and be certified fit to teach.

All applicants are individually assessed and interviewed.

Course modules

This is a 36 week course. The equivalent of 24 weeks (120 days) is spent in 2 carefully selected placements with one day per week in the university.

After an Induction Programme you will continue to work in the setting towards the Teacher Standards and part way through exchange with another setting within a different age category for a minimum of 15 days. Within each setting you will receive expert support from a work based mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review learning opportunities and develop your subject knowledge.

EYTs have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular Early Years staff, help with group work and then move towards sharing responsibility for learning with the Early Years staff before eventually leading early years teaching yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the education setting.

The university element of the course is designed to engage the EYT in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

The university aspects of the course take place on the Stoke campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing EYTs as well as highly experienced tutors. The employment setting experience is where most of your teacher assessment will take place. There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 15 days in an alternative work environment with an age group you are not currently working with. This placement will be arranged for you.

The blend of practical experience and University study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time 1 Years

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