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Early Years Practice (PGCert)

Course Description

This course gives you the experience, opportunity and knowledge to lead practice in work with babies, toddlers and young children in the Early Years sector.

You'll experience placements in three different settings, including a Children’s Centre. The course culminates in assessment against the specialist Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and qualifies you to work towards a leadership role, supporting young children and their families in private, voluntary settings, independent or ‘free’ schools and some Children’s Centres.

This route is for those seeking to build careers within the Early Years sector specifically.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/pgcert-early-years-practice.aspx

Modules include:

- The Early Years Foundation Stage
- The professional self in Early Years leadership
- Child development

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Early Years Practice (PGCert) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have an Honours degree and obtained a 2:2 or above, or its equivalent. Entrants who do not meet this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis and practical experience may be taken into account where appropriate.

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