Taught course

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Whilst first class and 2:1 awards are particularly welcome, all candidates will be considered on merit. All offers of places are subject to receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate

Months of entry


Course content

Early Years Teachers are specialists in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) reflecting the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.

Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.

The Teachers’ Standards (early years) support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status. Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (early years) in practice from birth to five years old. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high quality education and care for babies and young children.

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) Post Graduate Certificate can be achieved through either the Mainstream Graduate Entry or School Direct Route.

The Mainstream Graduate Entry and School Direct Route are a 12 month full time programme. These routes includes substantial placement experience, for graduates with little or no experience of working with children aged 0 to 5 years but wish to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. Tuition fees are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and bursaries are payable to trainees with a first class or 2:1 classification of degree.

A Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education (Level 7) is also included at no extra cost.

Trainees on the School Direct Route will be taught the theoretical element of the programme by specialist practitioners from Northumbria University and teachers from placement schools. Trainees will be placed in a range of good and outstanding schools and settings across the Durham Teaching School Alliance for the practical elements of the programme.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900