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Professional course

Early Years Teacher Status

About this course

Course code:
Z61000001
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Education and Childhood
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Varies with pathway
Delivery:
Part-time, full-time
Course director:
Ali Shaw

Page last updated 9 January 2017

Introduction

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a pathway to qualifying as a teacher of the 0-5 age range. This qualification is designed for highly qualified staff who will lead delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in the early years' sector.

UWE Bristol is an accredited provider and runs three routes to Early Years Teacher Status.

Graduate route (full-time)

This route is suitable for those with a degree (in any subject but not a Foundation degree) or equivalent and a desire to work in childcare. No previous experience necessary, although you would need to complete a two week placement in a childcare setting prior to beginning the course. The training is for 12 months full-time with 3 x 6 week block placements, in baby, toddler and pre-school age phase. Students are registered on the MA (Early Years). 90 credits of the MA qualification are completed over the duration of the year with option to accrue an additional 30 credits in the following year.

Graduate route (Employment based)

This route is for graduates who are currently employed in an early years' setting who wish to qualify as an EYT while continuing to work in practise. The training is for 12 months part-time with students being registered on the MA (Early Years). 90 credits of the MA qualification are completed over the duration of the year with an option to accrue an additional 30 credits in the following year.   All fees are paid and additional payment of up to a current maximum of £7,000 per year can be made available to settings  for supply cover.

Undergraduate route

This route is for students who wish to gain EYTS alongside the BA (Hons) Early Childhood degree. There is no additional fee payable for EYTS above the normal course fees for the Early Childhood degree.

Entry requirements

Graduate route (full-time) (This is not employment based)

  • A Degree comprising at least 320 credits
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science
  • Disclosure Barring Service check (previously a CRB check)
  • Have passed Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • Successful interview at UWE demonstrating a reflective approach to working with young children

Graduate route (employment-based)

  • A Degree comprising at least 320 credits
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously a CRB check)
  • Have passed Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • Successful interview at UWE demonstrating a reflective approach to working with young children
  • Agreement from Setting Manager or Head Teacher to participate in the course (plus an appropriately qualified staff member to act as senior mentor whilst on placement in home setting).
  • A paid work contract in an early years setting. A voluntary role is not acceptable for this option, as laid out in the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) guidelines.

Undergraduate route

  • 280 UCAS Points at A Level, or equivalent (BTEC, CACHE, Access, etc.)
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously a CRB check)
  • Have passed Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • Successful interview at UWE demonstrating a reflective approach to working with young children
  • A minimum of ten days work experience with young children

All offers:

Will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All trainee teachers across all phases of education are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be registered on a teaching award.

Careers / Further study

The Early Years Teacher Qualification leads to work in the early years' sector with children aged 0 to 5 years. Successful candidates are also permitted to teach in reception classes of free Schools, academies or independent schools.

Watch a video (created by Get into Teaching) about the essential role an early years teacher plays in children'sdevelopment.

Structure

Content

Graduate route

The graduate route comprise of 120 credits of teaching. There is a compulsory module 'Critical Perspectives on the Early Years Foundation Stage' which will include 30 days of placement activity.

Secondly, a further compulsory module of 60 credits 'Introduction to Early Years Teacher Status' will include a further 90 days of placement.

Finally, you may select from a range of modules to make up their remaining 30 credits. Your choice will depend upon whether you wish to follow the final modules to the MA, or whether you wish to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme includes 120 days of placement, which for employment-based trainees may be partly carried out at the setting in which they are employed.

Undergraduate route

This route follows the programme for the BA(Hons) Early Childhood, but those successful in gaining a place for the EYTS award will study specialist options which are open only to those candidates who are awarded places on the EYTS Programme.

Year 1 students follow the main BA Programme.

Year 2 students take a specialist module which includes a placement of 30 days.

Year 3 students spend 50% of their time on professional activities including 90 days of placement.

On graduating, those with EYTS are qualified to lead the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Early Years Settings and may teach in academies, free schools and independent schools.

Learning and Teaching

Lectures, seminars, workshops and professional placements form the core of the programme.

Study time

Graduate route

For both the full-time route and the employment-based route, attendance at UWE is required on one day per week with occasional added days for particular activities.

The remaining days are spent on placement, which for the employment-based routes may be at the trainee's place of employment for a substantial amount of the time.

Undergraduate route

This is a full-time course, but we timetable to ensure that students have sufficient space in their week for other commitments, including work related learning.

Assessment

Graduate route

Assessment is through essays and a substantial EYTS Portfolio (in the 60 credit module). Depending on the selection of the final module, assessment could be by essay, independent long study, or through a research plan.

Undergraduate route

Through written assignments and practice-based portfolios which present evidence that a student has met the Standards for EYTS.

Features

Professional accreditation

EYTS is awarded and accredited by The National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL).

Study facilities

The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available.

Excellent IT facilities and an Open Learning Area provide you with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops. Friendly staff are on hand to help when needed.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Graduate route (full-time)

The NCTL offer a bursary of up to £5,000 to study. The amount is dependent on your first degree classification. The application process is the same as that for the undergraduate route.

Graduate route (employment based)

This route is fully funded by the NCTL and an incentive is available for the employer. The incentive is £7,000 per candidate to settings, with a further £7,000 paid to the university to cover the fees. The payment to the setting must be used to support the EYT trainee and be used for supply cover, salary enhancement and further training as required.

Undergraduate route

Standard UG Fees, £9,000 per year. There is no additional charge for the EYTS Assessment. Students will leave with a BA(Hons) Early Childhood degree and with Early Years Teacher Status.

How to apply

How to apply

Graduate route (employment-based)

Apply direct to UWE via the downloadable application form. For programme queries e-mail Ali Shaw.

Undergraduate route

Please apply for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood course through UCAS. If we are able to make you an offer for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood course, you will receive a communication through your UWE Welcome website which details how to register your interest. We will then be in contact with you regarding arranging an interview.

For further information

  • Email: Ali Shaw
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333

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