Our Early Years PGCE Graduate Practitioner Route is for you if you are already in employment in a suitable Early Years setting, as you will undertake much of your training within your current place of work. It is ideal for those who have undertaken a relevant Honours degree, have practical experience in the Early Years sector and who wish to undertake further professional development.
This one-year route is a very practical course, with learning methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, tutorials and Early Years setting-based training. At the end of the course you’ll be recommended for Early Years Teacher Status. Funding is available for this route.
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. Please note that this course leads to the EYTS qualification which is not QTS.
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: 2:2 degree, relevant experience
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: 2M84
About PGCE Early Years with EYTS - Graduate Practitioner Route at BGU
The Early Years Teacher Status qualification (EYTS) aims to raise the status of the early years workforce, providing specialist practitioners with the knowledge and understanding required to give children the best start in early years settings. This course will enable you 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.
Our EYTS study routes enable you to access a range of academic study and Early Years professional development within your own place of employment and other settings. The course requires you to meet the EYTS standards at two alternative age phases (0-3 and 3-5 years) and so a placement at an alternative setting is usually necessary.
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
What You Will Study
You will access roughly a third of the course studying and accessing training sessions in University. These University-based sessions are very much a starting point for the training undertaken in settings and schools, where your progress will be assessed through observation of you working alongside experienced practitioners and teachers. You will also undertake academic study through two professional teaching units- learning and teaching and development, and a setting-focused research project.
Alongside this, 120 days of the course will be spent in Early Years settings, where you will increase your understanding of practice and develop your professional role. Much of this can be done within your place of employment, if appropriate, but will include additional placements at other settings. These practical experiences will include 0-3 years, 3-5 years and a transition experience to understand the progression into Key Stage 1. School and Setting placements are carefully structured to ensure gradual development of your confidence as an effective Early Years teacher through building up experiences. Placements begin in the Autumn Term when you will be developing an understanding of the statutory requirements of the EYFS in practice. Longer placements follow in the second and third terms where you will develop and demonstrate your independence when working with young children and supporting the development of best practice.
Your progression through this route will be evaluated through a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include written assignments which support strong links between theory and practice and encourage you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.
- 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.
- need 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)
- need to be employed in a suitable Early Years provision, which has agreed to release you from the setting to engage in study, research and further experience with babies and children in alternative settings and schools.
You will also need to:
- pay £44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course
- pass the NCTL Numeracy and Literacy Skills test prior to enrolment onto the course (please see below for further information)
- obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form or, if required, a medical examination as stipulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
As a general rule, 10 days or more in a relevant setting would be a good starting point for you to get an interview for the PGCE Early Years (EYTS) course.
If you have alternative qualifications or are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on (01522) 583658 or email email@example.com 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 practitioner, 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 (in the 3-5 age range) 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, Funding, Scholarships and Bursaries
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
For further information please visit the Get into Teaching website.
How to Apply
For PGCE with EYTS Programs, you must apply directly to BGU (Admissions). Please complete this application form and return applications to the following address:
Bishop Grosseteste University
If you have any further questions please the BGU Enquiries team at firstname.lastname@example.org.