Taught course

Early Years Education PGCert with Early Years Teacher Status

University of Brighton · School of Education

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent: A degree (300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6) from a UK higher education institution, or equivalent qualification.

GCSE: Minimum grade C in English language, mathematics and a science. If you do not meet the GCSE requirements, we can offer an equivalence test.

Experience: Current experience working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Months of entry


Course content

A child's early years are a critical period for learning the practical, emotional and social skills that form a foundation for success in later life.

The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities. We are the only Ofsted Outstanding provider of Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) in the South of England.

Our part-time, employment-based Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route is suitable for skilled graduates who are already working with children aged from birth to five.

You'll gain training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). On successful completion, you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). You will also achieve 60 masters-level credits.

Achieving EYTS means that you’ll be able to take on higher level and leadership roles to improve the experiences and life-chances of young children, providing them with the best start in life. EYTS is awarded and professionally accredited by The Department for Education.

Fees and funding

There are no fees to pay on this course. We also work in partnership with your current employer to provide training and support and offer your employer a £7,000 financial incentive to provide for your cover while you're at university and on placement.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course enquiries
01273 644644