Early Years Initial Teacher Training with PGCE

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    PGCE One year (employment based – part time).

Course Description

Gain an understanding of how children develop and learn through our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme. By completing the programme, you’ll gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This specialist award is designed for those who wish to specialise in work with babies and young children from birth to five years old.

For potential applicants:

  • Make a difference for young children – a career in early years teaching is very rewarding
  • By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development

For employers:

  • In 2024-25, funding of up to £14,000 is available; up to £7,000 to cover course fees plus £7,000 to help cover extra costs of training and supporting a graduate in your setting.
  • Early years teachers add value and make a difference to the nursery team; they share leadership, skills and expertise.

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for Early Years Initial Teacher Training you’ll need:

  • To be employed in an Early Years setting or be actively seeking employment in an Early Years setting (at least 16 hours / 3 days per week)
  • GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject
  • A good UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any subject
  • To take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to teach.

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Programme Funding

Visit our website to find out about the range of scholarships, awards and bursaries on offer beyond government loans.

Student Destinations

EYITT is the only teacher training programme focused specifically on the age range of birth to five years old.

The Government is committed to raising the quality of Early Years provision by encouraging graduate leadership. You’ll graduate with EYTS – ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high quality education and care for babies and young children.

Opportunities for professional development are extensive during study and post-graduation; you might coordinate a multi-professional team in a children’s centre or wish to work more directly in children’s services, specialise in Special Educational Needs or continue academic study at Master’s level. There are also numerous opportunities for students wishing to take their practice abroad.

Bath Spa Early Years Teachers go on to gain employment in various fields aside from teaching, including lecturing, advisory positions, teacher training, administration, schools inspections and educational outreach. Bath Spa Early Years Teachers go on to have diverse, challenging and fulfilling careers within the wide ranging educational landscape.

Module Details

  • Supporting children’s learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Building relationship in the Early Years
  • The Role of Reflection in Transforming Your Thinking and Practice
  • Research Informed Practice in English (Early Years)
  • Research Informed Practice in Mathematics (Early Years)
  • Making learning visible with young children
  • EYTS Module (Birth to 5 age phase)

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