Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education

Gain your Early Years Teacher Status

Gain your Early Years Teacher Status

1 year part-time
Bognor Regis Campus


Develop your knowledge and skill in early years teaching

This postgraduate Master’s level programme supports those currently working in the early years sector in meeting the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and achieving Early Years Teacher Status.

The course runs from September to July and you will spend the majority of your time in your own place of work. Over the year you will develop your knowledge and skills in teaching competently and leading practice across the 0 – 5 age range. You will also be required to gain an understanding of the continuum of education.

By the end of the course, you will be a reflective, early years teacher equipped to meet the needs of children aged 0 – 5; enhance the quality of early years education and continue your professional learning throughout your career.

It is taught at Master’s level which will allow you to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification in the future.

It is our mission to empower trainees, through the development of knowledge, understanding and critical reflection, to become change agents who work effectively with setting communities and beyond to enhance children’s daily experiences.

Subsequently, they enable children to make good progress and improve social and academic outcomes in the short and long term.

We also offer an Assessment Only pathway to Early Years Teacher Status for practitioners with substantial experience across the 0-5 age range.

The Course

Develop your knowledge and understanding of early years teaching

By the end of the year, you will have developed your own early years values and principles you will be able to apply in your setting and articulate to others within your community and beyond.

Reflective Practice 1

This module uses the theory gained from University training days. It enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of how children learn through inclusive, playful pedagogies.

Professional Practice A

This module aims to introduce you to the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become an analytical, effective and reflective early years teacher in the workplace.

Reflective Practice 2

This module continues to make links between theory and practice. It aims to develop your critical understanding of and enthusiasm for the early years framework through a consideration of the specific areas of learning. Trainees will consider the role of the early years teacher in relation to a number of practices.

Professional Practice B

This final professional practice module is intended to enable you to gain proficiency in meeting the needs of all children and teaching across the early years framework.

This list is indicative and subject to change.


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Teaching and Assessment

Discover a community of learning based on over 180 years of teacher training

In order to qualify for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you must demonstrate:

  • How you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) at two Final Assessment Reviews (FARs). This review allows you to showcase the work you have been doing in practice.
  • Pass a 4000-word essay linking theory to your practice
  • Pass an 8000-word master’s level portfolio which consists of a number of tasks that you will complete during semester two with the support of your tutor and link tutor

Each of the tasks is designed to support your development as an early years teacher and is directly relevant to your practice.


Gain experience and confidence with our placement options

This programme is taught in close partnership with a range of schools and settings.

During the programme, you will spend most of your time in your own setting. You will also spend 10 days in a school setting where you will engage them with the educational continuum of expectations, curricula, and teaching in key stage 1 and 2.

A minimum of four weeks (and up to six weeks, dependent on your experience) will be spent in an early years setting that contrasts with your own.

In all placements and your own setting, you will be supported by a setting-based mentor and a link tutor from the University. Employment and placement settings provide the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in early years education and the wider educational context.


Take the first steps towards your career within early years education

This programme will enable you to achieve Early Years Teacher Status and work in a variety of roles leading practice within the early years sector.

While the vast majority of graduates choose to work in a primary school, in previous years, some students have been employed in secondary schools, special schools or the wider education sector.

Many of our previous students have progressed in their careers and now hold senior posts in their schools.

Course Costs

2022/2023 UK fee:

The programme is fully funded by the DfE. £7,000 covers your course fees and a further £7,000 is paid to your workplace so that they can effectively support you.



Entry Requirements

Honours degree
or higher in a related discipline.
including 7.0 in academic writing and other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

Additional requirements

  • Employment in an early years setting or school which offers the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and fully supports your application.
  • GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above. We will consider applicants who are taking the relevant GCSEs whilst applying.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course, however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualification we may accept.
  • You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.

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