Our Graduate Employment Based Route to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in an early years setting. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Early Years Initial Teacher Training courses.
This course is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in an early years setting.
As a trainee you will learn how to teach within the birth to 5 years age range. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching early years through a combination of employment-based and university-led training.
Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), along with 20 credits at Master’s level.
Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), trainees must meet robust standards designed specifically for high quality work with this age group.
This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high quality education and care for babies and young children.
‘Aspiration, Attitude, Achievement’
The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.
High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use level 7 credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course.
Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.
What do Ofsted say?
The University of Wolverhampton provision is particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it. They are valued highly by the schools, colleges and other settings where they secure employment in the region. The university has an excellent reputation that enables it to build strong partnerships across the region to support high-quality teacher training and educational improvement. Employment rates in all phases are high, with many former trainees working in the region.
Alternatively why not attend one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. We have Open Evenings taking place at our Wolverhampton Campus.
The Graduate Employment Based Route to to the Department for Education for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a early years setting.
As successful trainees will already be employed in Early Years there will be additional opportunities available to use the status to work across a wider range of settings and to develop management and leadership potential.
If you are successful you will be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach the birth to five age range, you will also gain 20 Master’s level credits.
As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge children
promote good progress and outcomes by children
demonstrate good knowledge of early learning and EYFS
adapt and plan education and care to respond to the strengths and needs of all children
make accurate and productive use of assessment
safeguard and promote the welfare of children
provide a safe learning environment
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Professional Learning and Development for Early Years Teachers
Professional Standards for Early Years Teachers 1
Professional Standards for Early Years Teachers 2
To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.
To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).
Candidates must be employed in a setting offering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.
To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.
Please note we do not accept:
GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted.
GCSE Short Courses in any subject do not meet the GCSE requirement.
As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.
You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.
Interview and Selection
First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.
Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).
Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview
We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
Course fees and finance
Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.