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    Full time available

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    1 year (full-time); 2-3 years (part-time)

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    30 July 2019

Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a pathway to qualifying as a teacher of the 0-5 age range.

This qualification is designed for highly qualified staff who will lead delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in the early years sector. The University of Chester is an accredited provider and runs three routes to EYTS.

Why Study Early Years Practice with us?

The Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester is both forward-looking, preparing trainee teachers and the wider children’s workforce for the 21st century, and yet equally proud of its history and tradition. The Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status is a new and exciting course which provides a bespoke experience that will build upon your extensive practice and allow you to make personal professional decisions in your continuing professional development.

We offer three training routes:

- Graduate Employment Based

- Graduate Entry

- Assessment Only

What will I learn?

Our course aims to secure your professional and academic learning by:

- promoting scholarship

- cultivating original thinking

- facilitating critical reflection

- stimulating research and enquiry

- influencing impact and change.

The course will allow you to use your subject knowledge and experience to contribute and impact positively on the holistic education of children in the 0-5 age range.

You will develop a critical understanding of appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and families in a diverse society.

How will I be taught?

University-based modules are held at Riverside Campus. We employ a range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, group work, directed tasks, independent research and individual and group tutorials. This interaction between tutors and students may be online or face to face.

University contact time for Graduate Entry and Graduate Employment Based is approximately 40 days, spread throughout the year to support both the student experience in settings and the Master’s modules and assessment. There is an expectation that this will also be supported by you undertaking approximately 180 hours’ independent study per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by:

- a 4,000-word essay

- an academic poster presentation

- a critically reflective portfolio providing evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The assessed placement involves 120 days in an assessed early years setting, Reception Class and Key Stage 1.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.

Visit the Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) page on the University of Chester website for more details!




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