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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route

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3 Months, Part Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry Requirements​:

  • All applicants must hold an honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) or equivalent qualification
  • 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
  • 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 also need to demonstrate fundamental skills in English and Mathematics


2021/22 UK fee: £2,700

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Course content

We are proud to offer this postgraduate, assessment only programme that provides the opportunity for experienced practitioners (across 0 - 5 years)  to demonstrate how they meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status within three months. 

The assessment only pathway is designed for graduate practitioners working in settings and schools that offer the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This route to Early Years Teacher Status can start at any point from September to the beginning of May and the entire process is delivered in your setting. 

You will be supported by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with a mentor from your setting or school.

You will compile a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates how you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). By the end of the pathway, you will have shown how you are a reflective, early years teacher equipped to meet the needs of our youngest children; enhance the quality of early years education and continue your professional learning throughout your career. 

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 a twelve month fully funded Graduate Employment Based route to Early Years Teacher Status for less experienced practitioners. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have all the facilities you require to succeed.

At the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  Our e-learning provision has grown significantly and as work based trainee teachers this is of critical importance. You will have access to a programme virtual learning environment where the programme coordinator and other tutors will provide access to teaching presentations and wider resources related to general programme information and all training day topics. The LRC has access to an expanding portfolio of online library resources including e-books, journals and videos.

Should you wish to use it, our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans. Plus, our classroom resources library offers over 20,000 resources for you to borrow while at work and/or on placement.

When on campus a range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Where this can take you

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. 

Work placements

As an Assessment Only pathway you are expected to have substantial experience of working with children aged 0 – 5 years and to have engaged in the KS1 curricula.

There are no specific placements on the AO route however, over the three months you may need to attend another setting if there is an identified gap in your 0-5 age range experience, knowledge and understanding.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


  • This is not a training programme but ‘assessment only’
  • You are expected to be operating at the level of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) across the birth to five age range from the beginning of the three month programme
  • We will give you full guidance on what you need to do
  • A personal tutor to provide email and telephone support
  • Observation of your practice
  • Support from your employer/setting
  • A virtual learning environment - e-learning modules, a resource bank and forums


  • Needs analysis and action plan
  • A portfolio that you build up gradually
  • Evidence bundles - a powerful source of evidence to demonstrate the impact that you have on a child’s learning over a period of time
  • Formative assessment from the setting/school mentor and your link tutor e.g. observations and mentor meetings​
  • A Final Assessment Review (FAR) gives you the opportunity to showcase the work you have been doing in practice

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

The cost of the programme is £2700. This includes initial assessment, interim and final assessment visits by the University link tutor. There are no additional costs to this course.

Contact Us

Please contact us at for more information, to check your eligibility and request an application form.