Taught course

International Early Years

UWE Bristol · Department of Education and Childhood

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Entry requirements

The University's standard entry requirements apply. Students need to have:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • For those without a first degree in the medium of English, a minimum of 6.5 IELTs (with no element being lower than 5.5) or equivalent. Please see the University's list of alternative English Language qualifications.
  • Some experience of teaching and supporting learning, and be in work and teaching regularly.
  • The student's school/kindergarten needs to agree to their engagement on the course and to confirm that they will be able to complete at least 60 days of teaching and supporting learning during the course, with at least 120 hours of direct teaching to groups of eight or more learners, and be able to confirm that the student has any safeguarding clearance required in that education system/context.

In addition to the above applicants should be aware that they will be required to attend workshops in overseas localities. See website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

With a growing interest in international education, many early years educators are now keen to learn more about different best practice teaching approaches used internationally, and how to apply them in their own practice.

Teachers with an international qualification are increasingly sought after to teach and lead education provision in kindergartens and schools around the world.

This one-year postgraduate iPGCE from UWE Bristol is for early years teachers, or aspiring teachers, in international kindergartens, or schools with an international focus.

Supporting you to provide the best education for young learners, we will share different theories, models and curricula including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

You will be supported to try out new ways of working, implement different strategies, and evaluate the impact of your teaching on learners' needs in your own setting.

Delivered as an online course, you will study at a distance, supported by UWE tutors, alongside your work. You will attend an additional one to two day community of practice event in China, in either Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen or Guangzhou.

You will need the support of your kindergarten or school to take part, and be teaching regularly as part of your current role.

The course is taught in English.

You will be assessed against the appropriate English Teachers' Standards.

Please note: Qualified Teacher Status in England is awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency on behalf of the government. It is not awarded by universities and this programme does not lead to QTS, or to the equivalent in any other country.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)117 32 83333