Taught course

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

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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances; recent and relevant experience of working with children from 0-5 years in an early years setting or school nursery/reception class; be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English; have passed your skills tests in literacy and numeracy 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.

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 Entry Mainstream aimed specifically at graduates (12 months full-time course involving University attendance and placements)

• Our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Employment Route (12 months part-time course whilst you train on the job in your place of employment)

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

Fees and funding

UK students
See note under 'Funding'

Currently course fees are paid directly to the University by the National College for Teaching and Leadership You may also be eligible to receive a training bursary for this course via the National College for Teaching and Leadership

Please note, you won't be eligible for student finance support from the Student Loan Company on this course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (DS600)
01484 478249