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Early Years Teacher Status, PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary

Already working in the early years sector and looking to achieve teacher status? Our postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) in Early Years Teacher Status is for you.

If you work with young children at nursery age or the early years of primary school, our part-time PGCE will help you gain Early Years Tea


In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.


On this course, students are assessed in a variety of ways including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance. All assessment is designed to enhance your professional development and strengthen your understanding of early years issues (from birth to age five).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Placements are a core element of teacher training which enable our trainees to put theory into practice in a supportive environment.

We are extremely lucky to work with a wide range of partners across London, Essex and Kent to support our trainees. We work closely with trainees when deciding on placements to ensure that trainees get the best training possible whilst on our programmes.

Our strong partnerships ensure our trainees are well supported and have outstanding experiences whilst training with us.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to enable students to gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice that underpins early year?s pedagogy birth to five years in order to support the holistic development of the child within a cross cultural context; developing and extending professional knowledge and expertise in this area. Reflection of practice is critical in developing high quality early years teachers and leaders of exemplary practice who will critically explore policy and research to provide supportive frameworks for children and families. It will examine and explore the Teaching Standards (Early Years) and provide guidance for the development of evidence to meet these standards (NCTL,2013).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £1,416.65 per 30 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have: An undergraduate degree in any subject Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English, mathematics and science or equivalent. (We will accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A Star Equivalency Testing.)

Department profile

Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences With over 100 years history of delivering education the Faculty is proud of its long-established reputation for providing high quality education and training. We aim to transform the lives of students from a wide range of backgrounds by providing an education that enables them to become creative and confident contributors to society and as a faculty we ensure that our students graduate with the...more

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