University of Chester

University of Chester

Early Years Practice and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

This initial teacher training (ITT) course provides the opportunity to combine working towards early years teacher status (EYTS) with studying to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in early years practice. It also provides an opportunity for those who already have early years professional or teacher status to achieve a postgraduate qualification. The PG Cert EYP and EYTS can be studied together or separately.

Entry requirements

All applicants: 360 CAT credits; evidence of experience of working with children (paid or voluntary); an Honours degree in a related subject, e.g. early childhood studies, early years, bed, education studies, childhood and youth studies, at 2.2 or above; applicants with an unrelated Honours degree or postgraduate award will also be considered, if they can demonstrate their interest and/or commitment to working and/or researching in the early years sector; all EYTS applicants will be interviewed. 2 separate application forms are required: one for EYTS and one for the Postgraduate Certificate in EYP. Additionally, for EYTS: GCSE English, maths and science at grade C or above at the time of application; Enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required; a professional reference that comments on your academic aptitude for Masters-level study, your work ethic and your experience with children; after applying for EYTS, applicants will be required to pass the Professional Skills Tests for ITT before attending for an interview.

Course modules

Modules include: Pedagogy and curriculum in the early years: developing professional practice; the developing child 0-5 years; the critically reflective practitioner; students must complete a minimum of 120 days of assessed setting-based learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include portfolios; and a case study critical analysis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Riverside Campus Chester CH1 1SF North West

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Postgraduate Admissions
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