Taught course

Early Years Practice (PGCert with EYTS)

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

To apply you need:

  • an honours degree comprising at least 360 credits at 2:2 or above
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and Science
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • to have passed Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • to have a successful interview at the University demonstrating a reflective approach to working with young children.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a pathway to qualifying as a teacher of the 0-5 age range. This qualification is designed for highly qualified staff who will lead delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in the early years sector. The University of Chester is an accredited provider and runs three routes to EYTS.

Why Study Early Years Practice with us?

The Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester is both forward-looking, preparing trainee teachers and the wider children’s workforce for the 21st century, and yet equally proud of its history and tradition. The Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status is a new and exciting course which provides a bespoke experience that will build upon your extensive practice and allow you to make personal professional decisions in your continuing professional development.

We offer three training routes:

How will I be taught?

University-based modules are held at Riverside Campus. We employ a range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, group work, directed tasks, independent research and individual and group tutorials. This interaction between tutors and students may be online or face to face.

University contact time for Graduate Entry and Graduate Employment Based is approximately 40 days, spread throughout the year to support both the student experience in settings and the Master’s modules and assessment. There is an expectation that this will also be supported by you undertaking approximately 180 hours’ independent study per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by:

  • a 4,000-word essay
  • an academic poster presentation
  • a critically reflective portfolio providing evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The assessed placement involves 120 days in an assessed early years setting, Reception Class and Key Stage 1.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services