Mode of Study



1 year part-time


It takes a special kind of person, and a specific set of skills, to make a positive difference to the education and lives of young children. If you're already working, or hoping to work with the early years age group (0-5 years), this GradCert Early Years Initial Teacher Training course is the perfect next step.

You'll get a deeper understanding of the educational process through the early years and Key Stages 1 and 2, and receive the training you need to meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), so you can teach across the Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 years).

When you graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you'll be qualified for both teaching and leadership roles, such as a nursery teacher or manager, or children's centre co-ordinator or manager.

Accredited by:

Early Years ITT (Initial Teacher Training) leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

On this Early Years Initial Teacher Training course, you'll:

  • Review, develop and enrich the working practices in your place of work
  • Develop your own professional and reflective practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Support and mentor your colleagues and others, share experiences from others on the course, and evaluate best practice in the workplace
  • Nurture the children in your care, safeguarding and promoting positive outcomes for them
  • Produce a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your practice in relation to the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
  • Be supported by enthusiastic, professional staff who are qualified in the field
  • Have access to our library's extensive electronic resources 24/7

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with an Early Years Initial Teacher Training GradCert?

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is designed for those who choose to specialise in work with babies and young children and is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), a national set of standards covering leadership, support of others and effective practice.

Once you graduate from this course, you'll be able to lead improvements in working practices, mentor others and promote good outcomes for children in your care.

You'll graduate with one of the following:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Early Years Initial Teacher Training (with Early Years Teacher Status), Level 6
  2. BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status

If you're a trained early years teacher with experience in practice, you'll have the opportunity to progress to higher level leadership roles, including private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centre co-ordinator or manager.

If you're a recent graduate with less experience, you'll start your career in a role as an early years teacher in private nurseries, preschools or children's centres, working with children and their families.

Other options include postgraduate studies, including PGCE Primary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What you'll study


Core modules include:

  • Developing Professional Practice 1 – 20 credits
  • Developing Professional Practice 2 – 20 credits
  • Developing Professional Practice 3 – 20 credits

There are no optional modules on this course.

Work experience and career planning

To join this course, you'll need to be working within the early years sector (in a registered EYFS setting). You'll complete a training placement of at least 6 weeks' duration, in at least two settings / schools, to demonstrate the breadth and depth of experience necessary to teach across the birth to 5 years age group. You'll need to pick schools that challenge and further your existing experience, representing a different curriculum model or demographic to your own. This could be a larger urban school, a location which provides for English as an Additional Language (EAL) or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) etc.: somewhere that allows you to better demonstrate that you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The Graduate Employment Based route offers employers an incentive of £7,000 to cover the cost of university days and 6 weeks' alternate early years placement, including Key Stage 1 and 10 days in a Reception class.

When you successfully finish the course, you will qualify for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), allowing you to to work in the early years' sector with children aged 0 to 5 years. Successful candidates are also permitted to teach in reception classes of free schools, academies or independent schools. This is different from Qualified Teacher status (QTS).

During your course, and for five years after graduating, you'll be able to access help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service as you put your teaching skills to work.

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study 3 modules, each worth 20 credits, for a total of 60 credits.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • A formative development and progress review to determine your progress in meeting the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
  • A portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
  • Direct observation of your practice
  • Academic progress towards age related modules/assignments and placement

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration (DSAA) on +44 (0) 239284 5259

If you are studying as part of the ‘Department for Education (DfE)’ route, your fees will be paid by the DfE. The DfE also offers an employer incentive of £7,000 to cover the cost of university days and 6 weeks alternate placement.