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Early Years Education PGCert with Early Years Teacher Status

Early Years Education PGCert with Early Years Teacher Status

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Early Learning Teacher / Trainer Assessment Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


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.

The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities. We are the only Ofsted Outstanding provider of Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) in the South of England.

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 Department for Education.

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.

There are no written examinations on this course.

Preparing for your career

You will graduate from this course with enhanced skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent early year’s teacher.

As well as being awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Early Years Education you will graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) which will demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

Your benefit from placement opportunities in two contrasting settings where your gain further experience including in a school at Key Stage 1.

Learning from experienced professionals and renowned researchers, you'll be equipped to make decisions based on the depth of your knowledge of the EYFS framework and of relevant theories and research.

Tuition fees

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

A degree (300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6) from a UK higher education institution, or equivalent qualification. Minimum grade C in English language, mathematics, and a science. If you do not meet the GCSE requirements, we can offer an equivalence test; contact us for details.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university provides students with a choice of more than 200 courses, with a wide range of postgraduate programmes available and many of them accredited by relevant professional bodies. Students can choose between different flexible studying options, meaning they can achieve their...more

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