Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Institution
University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

360 CAT credits; minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a related subject, or equivalent; experience of working with children in a paid or voluntary capacity; minimum of GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science. All applicants will be interviewed and disclosure is required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This initial teacher training (ITT) course provides the opportunity to combine working towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) with studying to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice (PG Cert EYP). It also provides an opportunity for those who already have Early Years Professional or Teacher Status to achieve a postgraduate qualification. The PG Cert EYP and EYTS can be studied together or separately.

EYTS is the professional status for those who lead practice with children aged from birth to five years, and is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status. The EYTS course can be followed either full-time or part-time, providing opportunities for those in employment as well as graduates in a related or unrelated subject to achieve the status with appropriate experience.

Funding is available to cover the cost of the EYTS training, placements, mentoring and assessment for both part-time and full-time students. Additionally, bursaries are available for full-time students.

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high-quality practice in early years settings. Early Years Teachers can make a real difference to the lives of babies and young children. Those awarded EYTS will enter the workforce as lead professionals, or gain promotion to this level if they are already working in the sector.

Fees and funding

Funding is available to cover the cost of the EYTS training, placements, mentoring and assessment for both part-time and full-time students. Additionally, bursaries are available for full-time students:

  • £9k with a first class degree
  • £4k with an upper second-class degree

Also, early years settings of students studying part-time receive payment to release their member of staff for study days and placement days in other settings.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

full time
12 months
part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Name
Undergraduate Admissions
Email
enquiries@chester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1244 511 000
Fax
+44 (0)1244 513 329