Taught course

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Employment Route

University of Huddersfield · Department of Education and Community Studies

Entry requirements

- Ordinary or Honours degree. In addition you must also: -have GCSE or equivalent in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above prior to application. -undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances. -currently be working with children up to the age of five in either an early years setting or in a school nursery/reception class, or as a registered child minder. -be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English. -have passed your [skills tests in literacy and numeracy|http://www.hud.ac.uk/edu/skills-tests/] before you start the course. You must have registered for the tests before we can interview you. -complete a satisfactory interview. All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017 for September 2017 start.

Months of entry


Course content

Current government reforms in education are focused on early childhood development and the importance of high quality early years provision in preparing young children and babies for the best start in life. So if you're aspiring to be an early years specialist and want to train to teach babies and young children from birth to five years, then this course could be for you.

A highly skilled workforce is seen as critical in supporting high quality early years provision and so upon successful completion of the course you'll be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This reflects the significant role you'll have in working with young children. EYTS is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (gov.uk/government/organisations/national-college-for-teaching-and-leadership) on behalf of the Department of Education.

You'll have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of early childhood; looking at the role of play, considering different curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood research and theories on current government perspectives and policies. We work in partnership with a strong network of providers to deliver EYTS training and your placement forms a key element of your course. Your placement can provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning and to develop the skills that employers are looking for.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked top 5 in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

We offer three routes leading to the new award of Early Years Teacher Status:

• This Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Employment Route aimed specifically at graduates who are currently employed in an Early Years setting (12 months part-time course whilst you train on the job in your place of employment)

• Our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Entry Mainstream

• Our undergraduate Early Childhood Education with Early Years Teaching Status (EYTS) BA(Hons) course (three years full-time degree with placements)

Information for international students

You must be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English

Fees and funding

We expect to receive confirmation of the number of places and funding during autumn 2014 for entry to this course in September 2015. Currently (for 2014 entry), course fees are paid directly to the University by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to support your training costs (confirmed for 2014/15 only to date). You will be expected to be released from work to attend university for a minimum of 60 days and occasionally be required to visit other settings and attend bespoke workshops for further professional development.

Please note, you are not eligible for student finance support from the Student Loan Company on this course.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (DS60)
01484 478249