University of St Mark & St John

University of St Mark & St John

Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status

Graduate pathway: If you are currently employed in an early years setting and wish to build on your existing degree. Like its mainstream counterpart, the work-based learning course concentrates on heightening your desire to change early years education for the better. You will be encouraged to come up with new ideas and fresh thinking, then supported in applying these to your daily role. Mainstream pathway: With a blend of work-based learning and independent study, the pathway (also for graduates) is designed for those with a proactive passion for teaching our youngest children. The course teaches students to facilitate change in early years teaching, using their academic qualifications to initiate fresh approaches and be a real driving force in their field. Throughout, students are encouraged to look at this section of education with an analytical mind, and be supported in applying critical analysis to their own teaching methods, and challenged to try new ideas and approaches in placement settings.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have: GCSE English, mathematics and science grade C or higher (or equivalent); a degree in any discipline; a disclosure and barring service check. For applicants entering the programme through the graduate pathway, they must currently be employed in an early years capacity. For applicants entering the programme through the graduate mainstream pathway then they must successfull pass the QTS skills test to be achieved after application but prior to commencement on the course.

Course modules

Modules include: Critical perspectives on pedagogy and play within the early years foundation stage; notions of quality in early years practice; transforming early years practitioners (facilitating reflective learning); 3 work placements.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Mark & St John Plymouth PL6 8BH South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01752 636890