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University of Portsmouth

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Graduate Certificate

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Part-time | 2020

Subject

Early years teaching

**Overview**
It takes a special kind of person, and a specific set of skills, to make a positive difference to the education and lives of young children. If you're already working, or hoping to work with the early years age group (0-5 years), this GradCert Early Years Initial Teacher Training course is the perfect next step.

You'll get a deeper understanding of the educational process through the early years and Key Stages 1 and 2, and receive the training you need to meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), so you can teach across the Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 years).

When you graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you'll be qualified for both teaching and leadership roles, such as a nursery teacher or manager, or children's centre co-ordinator or manager.

**Accredited by:**
Early Years ITT (Initial Teacher Training) leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

**What you'll experience**
On this Early Years Initial Teacher Training course, you'll:
- Review, develop and enrich the working practices in your place of work

- Develop your own professional and reflective practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage

- Support and mentor your colleagues and others, share experiences from others on the course, and evaluate best practice in the workplace

- Nurture the children in your care, safeguarding and promoting positive outcomes for them

- Produce a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your practice in relation to the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)

- Be supported by enthusiastic, professional staff who are qualified in the field

- Have access to our library's extensive electronic resources 24/7

**Careers and opportunities**
What can you do with an Early Years Initial Teacher Training GradCert?
Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is designed for those who choose to specialise in work with babies and young children and is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), a national set of standards covering leadership, support of others and effective practice.

Once you graduate from this course, you'll be able to lead improvements in working practices, mentor others and promote good outcomes for children in your care.

You'll graduate with one of the following:

- Graduate Certificate in Early Years Initial Teacher Training (with Early Years Teacher Status), Level 6

- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status

If you're a trained early years teacher with experience in practice, you'll have the opportunity to progress to higher level leadership roles, including private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centre co-ordinator or manager.

If you're a recent graduate with less experience, you'll start your career in a role as an early years teacher in private nurseries, preschools or children's centres, working with children and their families.

Other options include postgraduate studies, including PGCE Primary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Modules

What you'll study on this GradCert Early Years Initial Teacher Training course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study 3 modules, each worth 20 credits, for a total of 60 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules include:

Developing Professional Practice 1
Developing Professional Practice 2
Developing Professional Practice 3

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

A formative development and progress review to determine your progress in meeting the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
A portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
Direct observation of your practice
Academic progress towards age related modules/assignments and placement

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Education and teaching

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
69%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Childcare and related personal services
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

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£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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