Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) (Graduate Employment Route) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Postgraduate

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) (Graduate Employment Route) (Taught)

Course summary

Current government reforms in education are focused on early childhood development and the importance of high quality early years provision in preparing young children for the best start in life. So if you’re aspiring to be an early years specialist and want to train to teach young children from birth to five years, then this course will help you on your way. Why Early Years Initial Teacher Training?

  • Upon completion of the course you’ll be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This reflects the significant role you’ll have in working with young children. EYTS is awarded by the Department of Education and the Teaching Regulation Agency.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of early childhood; looking at the role of play, considering different curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood research and theories on current government perspectives and policies.
  • We work in partnership with a strong network of Early Years settings and schools to deliver EYTS training. These settings offer placements for graduate employed trainees who undertake a placement of four weeks in a setting that is different to your own. This forms a key element of your course. Your placement can provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning and to develop your skills of teaching and leadership in a different work context.
Professional links and accreditation: Upon successful completion of the course you’ll be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This reflects the significant role you’ll have in working with young children. EYTS is awarded by the Department of Education.


In order to achieve EYTS you will experience a range of training, development and assessment activities that vary according to your individual learning and development needs. To ensure national consistency, all trainees, irrespective of their training and pathway, are assessed for competence against the 8 Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) at the end of their course. The University of Huddersfield aims to support you through personalised provision that supports you to demonstrate your abilities across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will take part in work-based learning, workshops and training events. You will have access to a range of mentoring opportunities, with mentors who have experience of delivering and leading practice in the EYFS. All the training and assessment we deliver will be based on the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2021). You are required to be proactive in reviewing taught sessions with peer groups, tutors and mentors to ensure you deepen your knowledge and understanding of quality practice and how this supports your understanding of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will be offered ideas to structure your work-based learning, which you will need to negotiate with colleagues in the workplace. Additional reading and desk-based research will be suggested. You are strongly recommended to use timetabled study days to build your underpinning knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in the Foundation Stage. The course is delivered through a blended approach consisting of taught days in the university and online live webinars and guided learning tasks. This equates to 20 days in which you will need to be released from you setting to engage in face to face teaching sessions (in university or online) and guided learning tasks. You’ll be required to undertake a four-week placement in a setting that is different to your own plus an additional two week placement in a Key Stage one class in school. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback is available after the publication of results.

Assessment method

The course is assessed through course work, including observations of your practice in the workplace. You’ll typically be assessed against the eight professional standards for Early Years Teachers (NCTL, 2013). There are no timed tests or exams. The assessment on the course allows you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject. The assessment builds on your particular interests and context and is likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. You will be provided with guidance to help you develop your assignment work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally: * Ordinary or Honours degree In addition you must also: * have GCSE or equivalent in English, Maths and Science at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, prior to application. * undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances * currently be working with children up to the age of five in either an early years setting or in a school nursery/reception class, or as a registered child minder * be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English * complete a satisfactory interview All conditions must be met by 31 August for entry in September in the year of application.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Currently course fees are paid directly to the University by the Department of Education and your employer may receive up to £7,000 to support your training costs - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-initial-teacher-training-2024-to-2025-funding-guidance Please note, you won’t be eligible for student finance support from the Student Loan Company on this course.
Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) (Graduate Employment Route) at University of Huddersfield - UCAS