School of Education

Postgraduate Credit Graduate Employment Based Route Early Years Teacher Status

Postgraduate Credit
Start date(s)
25 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (1 year)
Campus location
University: Walsall Campus
School of Education
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Why choose this course?

Our Graduate Employment Based Route to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a one-year part-time route for graduates working in an early years setting who need further training to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). 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.

Funding is available for this route to EYTS

*please note this course does not lead to recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (e.g. Primary and Secondary Education). Details of our Primary and Secondary Education teacher training courses that lead to recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can be found here.

What happens on the course?

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.

Find our Module(s) below.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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.

Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 20 Master’s level credits towards any of our Masters' degrees in the field of education.

*please note this course does not lead to recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (e.g. Primary and Secondary Education). Details of our Primary and Secondary Education teacher training courses that lead to recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can be found here.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

‘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.
  • 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.

Ofsted (2013), Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report, London: Ofsted

Looking for 1-1 advice? OPEN EVENTS - FIND OUT MORE

Come along to one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, or  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. 

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

  • 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 'firstdegrees.

  • 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. Further information regarding the interview process can be found at

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.

If you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

Important Requirements

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.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.

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.

Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us.

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. 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.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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