Taught course

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (employment pathway)

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Normally 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards Early Years).

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

The EYITT route complements other existing initial training educational programmes at the IOE by both harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. 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, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Part-time: 1 year;

Fees and funding

Fee UK/EU Part-time: TBC by Govt; Overseas Part-time: GBP12,155; UK/EU fees for teacher training programmes are currently (October 2016) capped at £9,000. This cap is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. It is likely that fees for students commencing in 2017 will increase by 2.8% to £9,250 in their first year of study, unless otherwise stated. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops 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 practitioner.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214