PGCE International Early Years

Entry year
2020/21
Course code
X71A6
Application
University
Level
Postgraduate
Department
Education and Childhood
Campus
Online
Duration
One year
Delivery
Distance learning full-time; September or April start
Programme leader
Rebecca Kingsley-Jones

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 10 June 2020

Introduction

Enhance your teaching career by studying a range of early years approaches and frameworks, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, on this flexible, practice-focused, online postgraduate course for those working in international contexts in any location.

Why study international early years education?

With a growing interest in international education, many early years educators are now keen to learn more about different best practice teaching approaches used internationally, and how to apply them in their own practice.
Teachers with an international qualification are increasingly sought after to teach and lead education provision in kindergartens and schools around the world.

Why UWE Bristol?

This one-year postgraduate iPGCE from UWE Bristol is for early years teachers, or aspiring teachers, in international kindergartens, or schools with an international focus.
Supporting you to provide the best education for young learners, we will share different theories, models and curricula including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
You will be supported to try out new ways of working, implement different strategies, and evaluate the impact of your teaching on learners' needs in your own setting.
Delivered as an online course, you will study at a distance, supported by UWE tutors, alongside your work.

Because this is a very practice-focused course, you need to be teaching during the programme. You will try out different teaching strategies and ways of managing your classroom throughout. We will support you to evaluate your practice and we will provide clear feedback. We will refer to a range of evidence to support this, including audio clips, transcripts, photographs, colleague, parent and child feedback and where appropriate, video clips, to monitor and support your practice and progress. Feedback on your practice will refer to the appropriate English Teachers' Standards.

You will need the support of your kindergarten or school to enrol on the programme.
The course is taught and assessed in English.

Please note: Qualified Teacher Status in England is awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency on behalf of the government. It is not awarded by universities and so this programme does not lead to QTS, or to the equivalent in any other country.

Where can it take me?

The insights and knowledge you gain by studying, applying and evaluating early years teaching approaches and frameworks used internationally, including the EYFS, will help to transform the way you teach.

You can position yourself as an internationally specialised early years teacher, which can support your progress into education management and leadership.

Taking what you have learnt into your school will add value to their education offer.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's Department of Education and Childhood.

Structure

Content

You will study:

  • Early Years Learning and Teaching
  • Contextual Inquiry in the Early Years
  • Professional Practice.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course is delivered online in English, through a series of videos, readings, webinars and online tutorials. There will be regular study tasks and group input tasks.

When travel is possible, we will visit focus locations to meet students and visit schools and kindergartens.

You will have regular opportunities to test out, and evaluate, different pedagogical approaches, adapting them to your own practice and environment, as you develop as an informed, highly reflective early years teacher.

As you engage with the course online, there will be regular opportunities to connect and share with your tutors and fellow students.

We will organise students into groups, supported by a Study Tutor to share good practice and ideas, and to maintain the new professional connections and friendships you make through the course.

Throughout the course you will have access to academic and technical support. You will also receive feedback, on your teaching from a UWE tutor.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This is a one-year course, delivered online.

You'll decide when to study, but the course is structured to help keep you on track.

You'll need to create opportunities to try out different strategies with the children you work with, evaluating their impact and working out next steps.

You'll also need time to reflect on your journey through the course, and as a teacher.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through portfolios, reports, presentations and reflection exercises. We'll give plenty of support in preparing for assignments.

See our full glossary of assessment terms

Features

Placements

You will need to complete at least 60 days of teaching and supporting learning during the course, comprising of at least 120 hours of direct teaching to groups of eight or more learners.

Study facilities

Your course materials and reading will all be available to you online.

You'll log onto our virtual learning environment to watch videos and webinars, take part in discussion activities and access your study tasks.

Technical and academic support will be available throughout the course.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Studying this course will help to transform the way you teach, with access to new ideas and approaches you can feed into your practice.

You can position yourself as an internationally specialised early years teacher, who is knowledgeable about the Early Years Foundation Stage, with the potential to progress in education management and leadership.

Taking what you have learnt into your school will also add value to the education offer they are able to provide to children and families.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 

Entry

Entry requirements

The University's standard entry requirements apply. Students will need to show that they have, or are due to have at the time of starting the course:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Some experience of teaching and supporting learning, and be in work and teaching regularly.
  • The student's school/kindergarten needs to agree to their engagement on the course and to confirm that they will be able to complete at least 60 days of teaching and supporting learning during the course, with at least 120 hours of direct teaching to groups of eight or more learners, and be able to confirm that the student has any safeguarding clearance required in that education system/context. 

When applying to this course students should upload a personal statement which explains why they want to do this course and what they hope this course will allow them to achieve once completed.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no component below 5.5 (or approved equivalent*).


*The university accepts a large number of UK and International qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades, please visit English Language requirements.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.

For further information