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Early Years Teacher Status, PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • Our Early Years Teacher Status PGCE has high student satisfaction and employment rates
  • Develop professional practice and leadership skills
  • Your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

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1 years part time



Early years teachers play an essential role in a child's development, providing high-quality early education.

The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated good by Ofsted in its recent report. The report found that the programme has "the firm commitment of its leaders to meeting the needs of local early years settings and schools by providing skilled early years teachers."

If you are currently working in the early years sector and wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status, our part-time postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) programme will be for you. You will need an undergraduate degree in a related subject and permission from your employer to be released for study and to attend placements as necessary.

As an early years teacher, you will provide high-quality early education. Our programme will teach you how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning. It is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.


Your tuition fees will be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers' Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS.


Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich campus, the PGCE Early Years programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich Campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition candidates:

  • Must be currently employed in an appropriate setting
  • Will be required to attend an interview
  • Will need to pass professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

What people say

This is the best course I have done, I enjoyed it so much. It's been hard work but was worth it! All the team's knowledge, help and dedication made it possible for people like me to achieve. Thank you for inspiring, challenging and helping me to have the confidence to teach in early years.

Lisa BalajPGCE Early Years

Extra information


This programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded when all the early years teaching standards have been judged to be met. This award does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.


Specialists with Early Years Teacher Status can aspire to become leaders of practice in early years settings.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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