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Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (PGCert)

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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Part-time 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    14 February 2018

Course content

A child's early years are a critical period for learning the practical, emotional and social skills that form a foundation for success in later life.

By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development through play and care, creating a secure base from which they can safely explore their world.

Our part-time, employment-based Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route is suitable for skilled graduates who are already working with children aged from birth to five.

You'll gain training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). On successful completion, you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). You will also achieve 60 masters-level credits.

Achieving EYTS means that you’ll be able to take on higher level and leadership roles to improve the experiences and life-chances of young children, providing them with the best start in life. EYTS is awarded and professionally accredited by The National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL).

Our trained teachers are specialists in early childhood development and many go on to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This course is fully funded. We also work in partnership with your current employer to provide training and support and offer your employer a £7,000 financial incentive to provide for your cover while you're at university and on placement.

This new course is in the final stages of development and small changes may occur. Check back for the most up-to-date information.

Course structure

On this programme you will spend the majority of your time in your current workplace, with two other placements working with other age ranges including at Key Stage 1. In your workplace and on your placements you will put into practice the skills you learn through your training, with regard to current research and relevant theories.

During university taught sessions you will engage with two masters level modules that will focus on:

  • critical analysis of early years research, theory and policy
  • reflecting on early years professional practice
  • leading practice in early years.

These sessions will support you to reflect on and analyse your own practice, as well as develop practice within your setting. The training programme is dynamic, tailored to your professional development needs.

You will be assessed via:

  • module assessment tasks such as written assignments in response to current research and policy in early years
  • a formative review to determine your progress in meeting the Early Years Teachers' Standards
  • a portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Early Years Teachers' Standards
  • direct observation of your practice.

Areas of study 

Your training may include aspects of the following:

  • placement experience with the 0–5 age group including 14 days in a school at Key Stage 1 and 16 days with an alternative age range
  • development and learning in the 0–5 age group
  • presentation skills
  • reflective practice
  • leadership skills
  • working with sector professionals including speech and language therapists.


As well as gaining further experience in your early years workplace, you will have the opportunity to undertake placements in other settings, including in a school at Key Stage 1 for a minimum of two weeks.

In addition you will also undertake a work placement with an alternative age range. So, for example, if you normally work with children aged 3–5, you would have a placement working with under 3s. This placement is for two days per week for eight weeks.

At the university we have close partnerships with local schools and early years settings to support your placements. The EYITT course team will help you to arrange them and you will have the support of mentors throughout.

Why train?

How you will benefit

  • Achieve a professional status (EYTS) and academic award at masters level (Postgraduate Certificate Early Years Education) 
  • Improve and change practice in your setting. 
  • Lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Support and mentor your colleagues and others. 
  • Model skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children. 

How your setting will benefit

  • Early years teachers are leaders of change and can manage and inspire those they work with.
  • Early years teachers have a wealth of up to date knowledge of effective practice that they have developed through training.
  • Ofsted recognises the difference graduates are making and you will be contributing to its vision for a highly skilled workforce.
  • Parents may be influenced to choose a setting that employs an early years teacher over one that doesn't.

Careers and employability

There is great demand for early years teachers to provide high-quality education for young children.

As an early years teacher, you’ll play an essential role in children’s development. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), you’ll be able to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children can experience high standards of learning.

You'll be equipped to make decisions based on the depth of your knowledge of the EYFS framework and of relevant theories and research. You'll also be alive to changing circumstances and able to respond flexibly with children’s interests at heart.

Visit the Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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