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PgCert Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS)

Course Description

You are passionate about working with babies and young children (birth-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher.

The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/early-years-teaching-with-recommendation-for-eyts#entry

Course detail

You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace. You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.

On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting. You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children.


• The Professional Early Years Practitioner
• High Quality Practice in the Early Years


You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, written tasks and a substantial evaluative web portfolio against the Teacher Standards (Early Years).

You will also complete a case study research project in an area of particular interest.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.


You will already be working in the Early Years sector. This course enables you to become a leader of practice in your own setting and aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles.

You will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications.

You may be required to carry out a six-week placement in another setting to gain appropriate breadth of experience.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PgCert Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a leader of Early Years practice. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should:Be a graduate with at least 300 creditsBe employed or working as a volunteer in an Early Years settingObtain DBSSatisfy the university that they are suitable for teachingPass professional skills tests in English and MathematicsObtain grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science

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