Taught course

Teacher Training - Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Employer Led)

University of Warwick · Centre for Professional Education

Entry requirements

Your Degree On application you must have graduated, or are about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or Equivalent. Degrees of all classes and without honours are accepted. GCSEs On application you must hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. School Experience It is recommended you gain as much School Experience in mainstream UK schools/early years settings as possible. Skills Test After submission of your application, you must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. We suggest you register for the Skills Tests as soon as you have made your application to us.

Months of entry


Course content

Outstanding Training

Delivered by an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider of teacher training, this one year, full-funded, postgraduate course will recommend you on completion for Early Years Teacher Status - a government endorsed accreditation to teach children aged 0-5 years. You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, nursery practitioners and mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

Robust Course

Training and assessment are designed around the teaching standards for early years. There are three elements to the course which are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

  • Professional Practice - consists of four placements (three extended placements organised by the University) in different nursery and school settings with additional ‘mini’ placements to further broaden your experience
  • Core Professional Studies - develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of observing, planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children. You will gain a sound understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and how to provide opportunities through play, to meet needs and challenge all children within the 0-5 years age range.
  • Reflective Practices - focuses on working in classrooms and schools and on the broader context of teaching today

Key aims

  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting settings
  • Learn practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Raise the quality of early years provision
  • Support and mentor other practitioners
  • Understand the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children
  • Make a positive and lasting difference to children’s wellbeing, learning and development at the most critical stage in their development
  • Hands-on experience
  • A sound understanding of early childhood development
  • Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.

You can read more about the skills needed to teach Early Years here.

Stimulating University Sessions

Your teaching staff (Teaching Fellows) are vastly experienced teachers and educational leaders who have been selected to provide you with the highest quality training.

The university sessions are interactive and challenging and delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. Monitoring and development of your subject knowledge and developing expertise in the classroom is assessed through audits, presentations, directed tasks and assignments.

Inspiring Placements (Employer-Led)

Trainees will undertake a large amount of teaching with their employer, and spend 16 days in University. In addition to this, trainees will need to demonstrate to ability to teach across the age range, and therefore additional placements will be tailored to meet individual needs. This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings. You can expect to have between six weeks and eleven weeks away from your base setting.

Strong Support Structure

We ensure that you have access to the best possible support, advice and guidance, during your course. You will be supported by a range of University tutors, with responsibility for developing your subject knowledge and teaching development, as wekk as offering professional and personal support.

Read more about excellent support you will receive at Warwick.

Fees and funding

The Employer-Led route is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions
024 7652 3801