Are you excited by a career in which you can encourage young children to enjoy learning and make daily progress? The early years environment in primary schools and early years settings is exciting – for children and their teachers. As soon as you begin the programme, you start your journey of professional development towards becoming a qualified teacher. We'll work with you to ensure that the emotional and social development of the children you work with is embedded in all that you do, helping you to understand your influential role in young children’s lives. You'll learn how experiential, play-based learning supports young children's development and how, as an effective practitioner, you can have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. Teaching in early years is dynamic, and you'll learn the professional skills related to planning, teaching and assessing, as well as how to manage a setting where children and adults work together in learning. You'll gain an understanding of the transition to Key Stage 1 and then into Key Stage 2 and develop knowledge of both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. The Early Years 3-7 programme will enable you to develop the right expertise and values to provide outstanding learning experiences for all children. School-based training Over the course of the three-year programme you will complete a minimum of 24 weeks of assessed school-based training, along with additional focus visits. In the first and second years your school-based training is eight weeks; in the final year it's ten weeks. At each stage of training, you will be supported by an expert school mentor, as well as a University link tutor. In the first year, you will gradually take on some of the teacher's role by working with small groups of children, setting activities in areas of provision and moving on to teach whole group lessons. Throughout the second and third year, you will build up the amount of time you spend planning, teaching and assessing children until you have gained the independence needed to be successful in your first year of teaching. Career opportunities The vast majority of our graduates go on to work in school or early years settings – initially as class teachers, but then moving up into middle and senior leadership roles. Many of our graduates opt to work abroad. Your QTS award is recognised in many countries around the world, meaning that you can be appointed to a teaching or education-related role almost anywhere. Recent graduates are currently working in schools in Poland, Russia, Oman, UAE and Australia.
In each year of the programme there are four key strands which structure your learning and professional experience at University and in school. Professional Standards and Practice; Curriculum Knowledge and Pedagogy; Theory into Practice; Teaching in the Primary School On this course you will study a selection of modules, which may include: Early Years Curriculum (3-7); Introduction to the Teaching Profession; A Broad and Balanced Curriculum; Developing the Early Years Curriculum; Becoming a Teaching Professional; Understanding Inclusion; Enhancing the Early Years Curriculum (3-7); Educational Debates.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.
If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Other qualifications are accepted (including CACHE), please contact us if you would like to check the acceptance of a particular qualification.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.