Taught course

Leading Early Years Practice

University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Either a first or second class Honours Degree or evidence of equivalent professional experience and achievement. Individual previous experience of practice with children aged 0-8 years is essential. A significant element of this degree is critical reflection upon theory in practice, so current practice with children, although not essential, will be of great benefit.

Months of entry


Course content

This certificate explores principles of pedagogy within the particular context of Early Years provision.

Starting by considering how the concept of childhood, in the UK, has been developed, it unpacks the values that we hold as early years educators and how these impact upon the choices that we make in our work with children.

The course modules consider how we, as individuals, work in partnership with families and a wide range of professionals to produce the best outcomes of the child. It also considers how our practice is influenced by policy. All learning is underpinned by principles of leading practice and how this can be done most effectively and ethically.

With a focus on the interrelationship between theory with practice, the curriculum will develop your understanding of yourself as a leader and ‘change agent’ for improvement in the Early Years.

Key Features

  • This course is suitable for Early Childhood graduates, but also those with alternative qualifications who wish to move into a lead practitioner role in Early Childhood. In such cases a commitment to understanding the unique approach of early childhood pedagogy is necessary.
  • Learning interactions are designed to deepen critical reflection in and on child development and education in order to support your personal and professional development
  • A chance to develop the necessary professional skills and knowledge to deal with complex issues reflectively, systematically and creatively
  • An opportunity to question and reflect, building a sound base of self-knowledge and critical awareness

How will you be taught?

The three modules that make up the PGCert are taught flexibly. All content is delivered online with the option of meeting your tutor for 1:1 tutorials.

There are weekly directed study tasks and opportunities to interact with other students through discussion boards and with your tutors through an online journal. You will be directed to a wide range of resources for your independent study.

Pastoral support is available through the personal academic tutoring system as well as the specialist support that is available through a variety of student and academic support services. Library services, in particular, are always on hand to support you in your study.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01905 855111