University of Derby

University of Derby

Early Years Teacher

During the course, students work with children in early years settings or wider children's services and take responsibility for leading and managing play, care and learning. Students can complete the graduate entry, employment based pathway if they are a graduate working in the sector and require training or experience before they can demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Alternatively, the graduate entry, mainstream pathway is suitable for those who have a degree and would like to pursue a career working with children from birth to 5 years old.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework. All trainees must have GCSE maths, English and science at grade C or above at the start of the pathway. In order to undertake this course, applicants must also have successfully completed the QTS Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy.

Assessment methods

The final assessment will include a portfolio, a series of assignments, a single setting practical visit, and an interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Award Part-time September 2016 - 3 months
Professional Award Full-time September 2016 - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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