Taught course

Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS)

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Education and Sport

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution; GCSE grade 4/C in English, mathematics and science; and be working in an early years setting. DBS and medical checks required. All applicants will also be interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

This DfE-funded, work-based course offers a flexible route to achieving Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Integrating theory and practice, the course develops the practical skills and knowledge you need to thrive as an early years teacher, able to lead across a range of early years settings, from pre-schools and nurseries to children’s centres and schools. You will explore pedagogical theory and apply it to early years teaching and learning, gaining a deep understanding of the complexity of early education; child development from birth to five; and the learning that takes place in that time. You gain your practical experience on placement in early years settings supported by experienced tutors and a placement-based mentor.

Key features

  • The course takes a flexible approach, fitting your additional placements around your work commitments
  • You benefit from an experienced early years teaching team, backed up by our partnership with Pen Green Research Base which specialises in early years research and development

Career opportunities

On meeting the required professional standards, you will be recommended to the DfE for the award of Early Years Teacher Status, opening up a career as an early years teacher across a range of settings. The University has a 100% employment rate, with many students earning promotion or taking up new posts during the course. You may also choose to build on the PGCE through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Areas of study may include:

  • Early years placement experience
  • The early years teacher
  • Leading high-quality practice in the early years

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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