University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) Graduate Employment Route

Current government reforms in education are focused on early childhood development and the importance of high quality early years provision in preparing young children and babies for the best start in life. So if you are aspiring to be an early years specialist and want to train to teach babies and young children from birth to 5 years, then this course could be for you. A highly skilled workforce is seen as critical in supporting high quality early years provision and so upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This reflects the significant role you will have in working with young children. EYTS is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Department for Education. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of early childhood; looking at the role of play, considering different curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood research and theories on current government perspectives and policies. We work in partnership with a strong network of providers to deliver EYTS training and your placement forms a key element of your course. Your placement can provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning and to develop the skills that employers are looking for.

Entry requirements

Ordinary or Honours degree. In addition you must also: Hhave GCSE or equivalent in English, maths and science at grade C or above prior to application; undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances; currently be working with children up to the age of 5 in either an early years setting or in a school nursery/reception class, or as a registered child minder; be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English; have passed your skills tests in literacy and numeracy. You must have registered for the tests before we can interview you; complete a satisfactory interview. All conditions must be met by 31 August 2016.

Course modules

This course does not have a modular structure, completion of the course carries professional status rather than an academic award.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through course work, including observations of your practice in the workplace. You will typically be assessed against the eight professional standards for Early Years Teachers (NCTL, 2013). There are no timed tests or exams. The assessment on the course allows you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject. The assessment builds on your particular interests and context and is likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. You will be provided with guidance to help you develop your assignment work.

Sponsorship information

We expect to receive confirmation of the number of places and funding during autumn 2014 for entry to this course in September 2015. Currently (for 2014 entry), course fees are paid directly to the university by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. A bursary is awarded to those trainees who have gained a 1st or 2.1 undergraduate degree. The bursary amounts to £9,000 for a 1st class degree and £4,000 for a 2.1 degree. The bursary is paid in monthly instalments. We do not yet have confirmation of the funding for 2015 entry. Please note, you are not eligible for student finance support from the Student Loan Company on this course.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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