Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Early Years.
Train while you work. Qualify to teach the 0-5 age range while employed in an early years setting.
Become a specialist in early childhood and prepare yourself for diverse and exciting career opportunities.

Thank you for changing lives

Through the 12 month part-time programme you’ll develop your professional skills and knowledge to lead learning of all young children.

You’ll spend significant amounts of time practising in your work setting. You’ll need to exhibit the capability to teach across the age range. Consequently, additional placements will be tailored to meet your individual needs.

You’ll have between six and eleven weeks away from your base setting, depending on your previous experience.

This programme is suitable for you if you fit either of the following criteria:

You’re already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school

You’re newly recruited to an early years setting to undertake Early Years ITT through an employment-based route.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

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

  • GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject
  • A good UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any subject - you need to have achieved a second class honours degree at 2:2 or above (candidates with a third class honours degree or ordinary degree may also be considered)
  • To have passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to entry
  • To take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to teach.

Course modules

During the University phase of the programme you’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops. We’ll encourage you to think critically about about research, national initiatives and classroom practice. You’ll explore and critique the relationship between theory and practice.

You will train in at least two schools or settings, where you’ll work with teachers, learners, additional adults, a training mentor and an academic tutor to support your professional development. You’ll become familiar with the work of a school/setting and the nature of, and the relationship between, teaching and learning.

We’ll support you along the way, to ensure you become a creative and caring early years teacher.

Assessment methods

In order to be recommended for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you’ll need to undertake assignments which assess your knowledge and understanding relating to teaching and learning. You’ll need to demonstrate your understanding and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating children's learning. All assessments will demonstrate that you have met the early years teachers’ standards.

Sponsorship information

If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.

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