Taught course

Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

- A good honours degree in any subject. - GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science. - Candidates must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week. - Candidates must be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to be funded. Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If you don't have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September. All trainees must be UK based and have the right work and study in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway. All candidates will attend an interview day, which will include a group activity, maths and English test and an individual interview with one of the course team.

Graduate Employment Based pathway

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time work-based course provides intensive specialist training in becoming an early years teacher that will enable you to gain the Early Years Teacher Status in one year. Alongside you will also complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (60 masters-level credits) which may count towards a full masters qualification.

What will you study

You will gain a greater understanding of what it is to be an early years teacher within the Early Years Foundation Stage and the knowledge that underpins the delivery of this to babies and children in the birth to five years age range. Topics covered include, safeguarding and child protection, early literacy and phonics, early maths, personalised progress and tracking and leadership and management.

As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in children's development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage whilst undertaking the Graduate Employment Based course, you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure children benefit from a high standard of early years teaching.

Information for international students

All trainees must be UK based and have the right work and study in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway.

Fees and funding

For information on funding, please visit:http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/early-years-teacher-itt/fees-and-bursaries.html

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Early Years Teacher administrator
+44 (0)20 8417 5145