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PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate entry route)

Course Description

This course is designed for graduates with limited experience of working with children aged 0-5 years. Your studies are based around extended placements in at least two different early years settings to give you the confidence, skills and experience to work across the 0-5 age range.

Alongside this practical experience you attend taught sessions which provide you with theoretical knowledge of child development, pedagogy and the key areas of early years foundation stage (EYFS). You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through Key Stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors during your placement, you develop your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including:
-The observation and assessment of young children's development.
-Children's development and learning through play.
-Children's participation and inclusion.
-Collaborative working with parents and carers.
-The leadership of staff teams.

During your training you also gain skills in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy.

Throughout the course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This enhances your career potential and opens up future opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Course structure

1 full time. Starts September.

Course content
Key areas include:
-Child development for babies, toddlers and young children.
-The Early Years Foundation Stage.
-Play in early childhood.
-Working with families.
-Working across professional boundaries.
-During the course you complete two assessed teaching practice placements in different early years settings.

Assessment: coursework; assessed practice; professional development portfolio.

Other admission requirements

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/1342

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-OCR National Level 2 Science.
-BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

Visit the PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate entry route) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need: GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent*; an honours degree, 2.2 or above; evidence of at least 10 days work experience in a UK early years foundation stage setting. You must: hold the GCSE requirements before applying; successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership; complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. See course description for further admission details.

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