Taught course

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade C or above, a first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent an qualification) and must have passed professional skills tests.

Months of entry


Course content

This Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) is often fully funded by the government (awaiting confirmation for 2018), 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. The course runs on campus over three blocks of one week each, alongside learning within a work setting.

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme can follow two routes, each developed to meet a range of needs.

Route one: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEE)

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. Financial support is usually available to employers to release staff to attend this programme.

Route two: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEM)

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 fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and small bursaries to support your day-to-day living may be available for eligible candidates. It’s also known as the Graduate Entry Mainstream Route.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 636700