Taught course

Early Years Practice

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Entrants who do not meet this requirement will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and practical experience may be taken into account where appropriate. In addition entrants must meet the Department of Education (DfE) requirements of: mathematics, science and English language grade C or above at GCSE or equivalent and DfE skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Months of entry


Course content

You will train to teach early education and care across the birth-to-five age range, leading to 60 master’s credits and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

  • Gain the experience, opportunity and knowledge to work within the early years sector
  • Experience placements in three different settings
  • Culminates in assessment against the specialist Teachers’ Standards (Early Years)
  • Qualifies you to work towards a leadership role in private, independent or "free" schools, voluntary settings, and some children’s centres

Education at Reading

Our Institute of Education is an established leading provider of high-quality training and research in education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), 80% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with a global impact on educational policy and practice.

Our passion for transforming lives through education is at the heart of our commitment to developing caring, reflective, professional educational practitioners. Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools, which we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore.

At Masters level, we offer a broad range of courses including a flexible MA Education with specialised pathways; certificates in Early Years Practice, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Reflective Practice; and an extensive range of teacher training courses with first-rate placements. Additionally, we co-deliver an MA English Language Education course with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Information for international students

Applicants require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £​7,360 p/a
International students
Full time: EU £7,360 p/a Non EU £​15,650 p/a

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team