Taught course

Early Childhood (Employment-based)

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Professions
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a UK degree grade 2.2 (or equivalent) or above
  • GCSE grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above in Maths, English and Science (or equivalent, eg qualifications from Equivalency Testing or A* Star Teachers)
  • been employed for at least 16 hours per week in an appropriate early years setting that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage (accepted settings include nursery schools, independent schools, maintained schools, academies and any setting on the Early Years Register)
  • been working directly with children aged up to five-years-old
  • the ability to demonstrate your suitability to teach and have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate

All applicants must also have passed the DfE’s professional skills tests prior to entry. This means that upon submitting your application, you’ll immediately need to register to undertake your skills tests.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

Your attendace of our Early Childhood (Employment-based) PGCE course will be funded entirely through grants from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). A one-year, part-time postgraduate course, it is aimed at practitioners employed in an early years setting who work with children aged up to five-years-old. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the NCTL's Early Years Teacher Status (non-QTS) professional accreditation. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

This course is founded on London Met’s close collaboration with early years employers. Our regular consultations to determine what they look for in employees have resulted in a bespoke PGCE that is specially designed to improve your professional development and training.

The first five years of life are critical in every child’s development. High-quality early years provision and care can not only help children achieve their potential, but also supports their parents and families.

Our Early Childhood (Employment-based) PGCE course ensures you’ll acquire professional experience through hands-on learning in children's centres, day nurseries, independent schools, pre-schools and other early years environments.

In these environments, we’ll encourage you to lead, support and mentor children in order to support their development. By guiding and improving the children in your care, you’ll be demonstrating the skills and behaviour of an effective early years practitioner.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to co-operate with children and their families in a range of situations, such as advocating for the child’s rights and well-being. You'll be encouraged and supported throughout your learning and professional development.

In accordance with the More Great Childcare paper by the Department of Education (DfE), we'll value your individual experience and existing knowledge, and embrace your opinions and experiences. You can also be assured that issues of equality and social justice underpin our work, complemented by a continuous reflection and critical analysis.

You'll spend the majority of your time in employment within early years environments, and only attend sessions at the University on certain days.

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood (Employment-based) PGCE, you’ll meet the requirements of the NCTL’s Teachers’ Standards for Early Years, guaranteeing you Early Years Teacher Status (non-QTS) professional accreditation.

Assessment

This course is assessed by the NCTL through their Standards for Early Years guidelines.

The taught part of the course is assessed through written coursework, presentations and preparation of resources with no formal examinations.

Professional accreditation

Successfully complete the course to be awarded the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Early Years Teacher Status (non-QTS) professional accreditation.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Professionalism and Inclusive Practice
  • School Experience to Progress Point 2

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

Our graduates who gain Early Year Teacher Status become eligible for practice as an early years teacher (non-QTS) and are often employed across private and voluntary early years settings.

Those who go into roles in early years settings find work within free schools, mainstream academies, alternative provision academies and existing academies.

These are organisations that can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Although QTS is currently a requirement for teachers working in maintained schools and nurseries, 80% of early years provision is outside the maintained sector.

The success of our students from this course reflects the current need for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in children's centres, nursery and primary schools and other early childhood care and education settings.

A variety of other career paths are also open to graduates in the education, health and social care fields. Some go on to specialise in a particular area, such as special educational needs, while others take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments.

A significant number of students continue their professional studies, including academic studies at a master's level.

Information for international students

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.


Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200