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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route

We are proud to offer this post graduate, assessment only, programme that supports experienced practitioners (across 0 - 5 years) in meeting the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and achieving Early Years Teacher Status within three months. We also offer a twelve month fully funded Graduate Employment Based route to Early Years Teacher Status for less experienced practitioners

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Course Length:

Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a suitable honours degree (2:2 or above).

For more information, please see below. 

Course content

The assessment only, three month maximum pathway, is designed for graduate practitioners working in settings and schools that offer the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The course runs throughout the year as appropriate to the individual and assessment takes place in the workplace.  

You will be supported by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local settings and schools who will assess you throughout the support you throughout the year.

“Leaders across all phases provide highly responsive support to enable trainees to overcome any barriers that emerge.” (Ofsted, 2017)

You will compile a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates how you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). By the end of the course, you will be 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.

“Undertaking the EYITT has allowed me to consider my practice and has strengthened my passion for Early Years. I feel more confident as a practitioner and a leader” (Emma, Early Years Teacher 2017)

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.

“Trainees find that gaining EYTS has a positive impact upon their career, and the large majority have been successful in gaining promotion” (Ofsted, 2017).

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 KS 1 curricula for at least 10 days prior to the start of the course.

In order to gain for the award of Early Years Teacher Status, you must demonstrate how you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) by compiled a portfolio of evidence. Your practice will be observed by a setting mentor, and occasionally the University link tutor, on a weekly basis.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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
  • You will be provided with guidance on how to put together and present your evidence for assessment and a tutor to support you
  • 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
  • An eportfolio 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 and your personal tutor
  • Assignments - built up during the programme to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years)
  • Observation records - from the settings/schools and personal tutor
  • Moderation of assessment judgements
  • A setting visit by an assessor to observe you teaching, interview you and interview a manager

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

How to Apply

Registration for the Assessment Only route will remain open until March 2018. You can chose your commencement date between now and 1st April 2018.

There are specific entry requirements so you please contact us at to check your eligibility and request an application form.

This route is self-funded, fees for 2017/18 are £2,600


Entry requirements

An honours degree (usually second class or above) or equivalent qualification.

Employment in an eligible early years setting or school which offers the 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 pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, see here <> for advice.

Additional costs

The cost of the programme is £2600. This includes initial assessment, interim and final assessment visits by the University link tutor.