Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status)

This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. The programme is fully funded by the NCTL, for those who qualify, and bursaries are also available. It's particularly aimed at graduates who don't already work in early years but who may be looking for a career move. It's also a great option for overseas graduates who are looking to enter the teaching profession within England. This course is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. The full-time course is a School Direct programme delivered in partnership with the Durham and Newcastle Teaching Alliance. The course is school or early years setting-led, which means you'll spend most of your time within a designated school or early years setting. It underpins all of the training requirements outlined by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and has been flexibly designed to suit your needs. This is a School Direct Route which includes substantial placement experience, for graduates with little or no experience of working with children aged 0 to 5 years but wish to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. Tuition fees are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and bursaries are payable to trainees with a first class (£5000), 2:1 (£4000) or 2:2 (£2000) classification of degree. Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education (Level 7) is also included at no extra cost. Trainees on the School Direct Route will be taught the theoretical element of the programme by specialist practitioners from Northumbria University. Trainees will be placed in a range of good and outstanding schools and settings across the North East, led by the Durham Teaching School Alliance for the practical elements of the programme.

Entry requirements

A first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Whilst first class and 2:1 awards are particularly welcome, all candidates will be considered on merit.

Applicants are required to evidence GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

All offers of places are subject to receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate.

Course modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at

Assessment methods

The course offers specialist training to enhance your skills in working with and teaching the under fives. Your training will be delivered both at Northumbria and within your early years setting. You'll spend one day per week at university and will complete at least 120 days on placement. If you already work within early years, this setting could be your current employment. You'll be supported by a dedicated mentor throughout, who will help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and related pedagogy of the early years. Our teaching methods have been designed to support your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities and include lectures, seminars, group work, work based projects and assignments. They also involve unobserved and observed teaching practice, development of an individual training plan and a portfolio of documentary evidence. Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to take part in collaborative teamwork through group work tasks, presentations and work-based projects.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus NE7 7XA North East

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