Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status)

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 1st Class (£5000), 2.1 (£4000) or 2.2 (£2000) classification of degree. A 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. Early Years Teacher Status is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the entry requirements are the same as for Primary ITT (QTS). Early Years Teacher Status is equivalent to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) therefore no further training is required by existing EYP's.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Whilst 1st class and 2.1 awards are particularly welcome, all candidates will be considered on merit. All offers of places are subject to receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time - 12 months
PgCert Full-time - 12 months

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