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Early Years Teacher Status (Professional), PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • Our full-time PGCE in Education has high success and employment rates
  • If you want to develop professional practice and leadership skills with children from birth to five years, we provide local placements with dedicated mentors
  • Our successful graduates gain a PGCE in Education plus Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

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1 years full time



As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in a child's development.

The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in its recent report. The report commented on the "trainees' warm relationships with the children and the high level of care they provide" as well as identifying that "trainees understand and take account of children's individual needs".

If you wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status, our full-time programme is for you. Our professional programme will teach you how to provide high-quality early years education. We will create an individual training plan unique to you and you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning.

During your time with us, you will develop your professional practice with children from birth to five years, as well as your leadership skills. You will also support and lead reflective practice and quality provision.


You could be eligible for your tuition fees to be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant and there are also bursaries of up to £5,000 for graduates with a firstclass degree, £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1, and £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2. Visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) website for more information.


Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich Campus, the Early Years Teacher status Professional PGCE 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 will:

  • Be required to attend an interview
  • 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

My mentor was extremely helpful in coaching and guiding me to my success. The tutors really go the extra mile to ensure we get the best training.

Antony Bart-Appiah, PGCE Early Years

Extra information


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance. All assessment is designed to enhance your professional development and strengthen your understanding of early years issues (from birth to age five years of age).

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.


Early years 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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Greenwich Pier - Ferry service (3 min walk)

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