This route to obtaining Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is for very experienced graduates with more than two years in a leading Early Years role. Candidates will be meeting the Teacher’s Standards (Early Years) on entry, with a requirement to demonstrate these standards in practice and through evidence in a portfolio, without further training. The normal duration of this route will be three months. Candidates will receive explanation of the process of presentation of evidence towards the Teaching Standards (Early Years) and include an assessment process.
This self-funded route will enable successful candidates to achieve EYTS. Bishop Grosseteste University welcomes and encourages and supports further continuing development towards MA Education following the completion of this Assessment-only route.T6qSXBrC.dpuf
About Assessment Only Route to EYTS at BGU
As an Early Years Teacher you will be a specialist in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) reflecting the specialist role that you have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old. You will have a passion for educating and caring for babies and children and will want to achieve the highest possible standards in your professional practice. You will lead the development of the highest quality early education and care for children aged between 0 and 5 years of age. You’ll also become a highly employable individual across the sector, in settings such as nurseries, schools and children’s centres.
The recent introduction of the Early Years Teacher Status qualification (EYTS) will raise the status of the early years workforce, providing specialist teachers with the knowledge and understanding required to give children the best start in early years settings and schools. This course will enable the trainees to understand the theory and practice of working with very young children. Successful candidates for the course will develop the skills and knowledge required to become an effective Early Years Teacher.
Early Years Teacher Status will provide you with training in this specialist age phase (0-5) and you will demonstrate competency against the Early Years Teachers’ Standards.
As an EYTS trainee, your strengths will include:
- self-motivation in identifying and securing your own professional development
- well-developed personal qualities, which will allow you to establish productive relationships with early years practitioners, young children and families, create a good climate for development and learning and establish leadership skills
- professional attributes and personal qualities, including a commitment and self-motivation to complete independent study, research, reflection and developing practice in the field of the early years
You will need:
- GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science at the time of application. Please see our list of accepted equivalents – click the following links for English equivalents, Mathematics equivalents and Science equivalent qualifications (all three link to documents)
- an honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above (where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application)
- extensive experience working within 0-3years, 3-5years and some experience within Key Stage one
- the ability to demonstrate and evidence the Teacher Standards (Early Years) independently
If you have alternative qualifications or are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable, please contact our Admissions team for advice on (01522) 583658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to talk to you about your individual circumstances. We also encourage applications from mature students and recognise that your experience or qualifications are likely to be different. Again, please contact Admissions if you require any further information and to ensure your suitability.
All EYTS trainees are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). You will be required to pass the skills tests before starting your course and this will be a condition of your offer.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of offer – please click here for further information.
When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications and experience:
- GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- Degree class and relevance of content
- Additional relevant qualifications
- Appropriate experience in a relevant setting
- Days in setting/school observing practice
- Days of supporting learning and development
- Other relevant work experience
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Careers and Further Study
As an Early Years Teacher, you will be a specialist in the birth to five years age range and will be ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high quality education and care for our youngest children. Free Schools, new mainstream and alternate provision academies (and existing academies) can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). QTS is currently a requirement for teachers working in maintained schools and nurseries. The pay and conditions for working in early education and childcare settings outside maintained schools are determined by employers at a local level.
Fees for students interested in this course are broken down as follows:
- £100 – A non refundable amount is required to be sent with the application form for the application and initial screen
- £500 – An initial assessment, inclusive of interview and setting observation. This is required regardless of whether student has been accepted onto the AO route
- £50 – Organisation of setting for interview observation, if required
- £1000 – Final assessment package, inclusive of evidence gathering and one visit by two assessors
- £100 per week – Provision of placement
- £250 – Additional visits. Cost is per visit and per assessor. BGU discretion if required
- Travel expenses – If location is over 50 miles from BGU, assessor will receive appropriate travel and accommodation expenses as per current BGU Staff regulations
How to Apply
All applications to our EYTS courses are made direct to BGU by downloading and returning the application form:
We recommend that you complete this supporting document to assist your application and/or interview:
Please return your application to:
Bishop Grosseteste University