Taught course

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

  • A degree of 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification)
  • Experience of working with children

Months of entry


Course content

This Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) has fully funded places available and leads to Early Years Teacher Status, a qualification which is growing in popularity. People who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five.

Teaching is delivered two days a week for the first 6 weeks, followed by block of teaching on campus in the spring, plus one day a month and online evening tutorials. You then gain practical experience either in your workplace or on campus.

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme can follow two routes:

1. If you are already working in an early years setting, this route will work for you. It is also known as the Graduate Entry Employment-based route (part-time). Financial support is usually available to employers to release staff to attend this programme.

2. Designed for graduates in any discipline, this route is ideal for those who’ve decided to change careers, or new graduates with an interest in early years education. The programme is usually fully funded for UK students meaning that you won't pay course fees and small bursaries to support your day-to-day living may be available for eligible candidates. It’s known as the Graduate Entry mainstream route (full-time).

Fees and funding

UK students

Fees UK students: £0 - This is a fully funded course. You, as the student, usually don't pay any fees and a training grant is available to your employer to meet the costs they incur in supporting your training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    12+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 636700