Taught course

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (employment pathway)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

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Months of entry


Course content

The Employment-Based route on the EYITT programme is designed for those already working within the EYFS. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards. This is different from QTS, which is required to lead learning in Local Authority maintained schools. EYTS enables people to teach 0-5yr olds within all other areas of the sector, which is the provision where most children in the EYFS attend.

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools/settings and at the IOE.

The EYITT Employment Based route complements other existing Initial Teacher Education programmes at the IOE, by both harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education. This route enables existing practitioners to further their own expertise whilst still working within an EYFS Setting.

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with early years settings and schools in inner cities, particularly in London. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as Mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE Tutors have extensive experience of Teaching, Leadership, Setting Management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme includes a combination of taught sessions, workshops, independent study and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years teacher.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7331 5184