Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route)

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Development and Society

Entry requirements

Normally a GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 2.1 degree or above

• 2.2 degree plus evidence of at least one year's work experience in an early years foundation stage setting, working as an early years practitioner, teaching assistant or unqualified teacher

• current employment as a teacher, practitioner or manager in an early years foundation stage class or setting

You must hold the GCSE requirements before applying. If you are waiting to take up a post, you need evidence of at least 15 days of experience of working with children in an early years foundation stage setting gained within the last 12 months. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents

• 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• OCR National Level 2 Science

• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

Employment-based requirements

For the period of training all applicants employed at a school, excluding academies, independent schools and early years settings, must be employed as an unqualified teacher. You will not perform more than 90% of the duties normally completed by a full-time early years teacher.

Months of entry


Course content

Train to become a teacher in early years with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) on a course run in partnership with regional early years settings and schools. Throughout the course you spend time in university, your home setting and on placement gaining a critical and practical perspective on all aspects of learning and teaching in the 0-5 age phase.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at https://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding.

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-discounts to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    part time
    12 months months

    Course contact details

    Faculty of Development and Society
    +44 (0)114 225 5555