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Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education (0-5) (with Early Years Teacher Status)

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Bognor Regis campus

1 Year, 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.
  • 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.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

Fees:

  • 2020/2021 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.

Student view

Ella

"This course has been such an inspiring and critical year. It has given me the passion and knowledge to continue my early years practice with confidence as a leader in the field. The university sessions are creative, detailed and supportive. The team of lecturers have been exceptional and the level of involvement and support has been incredible. Such a great environment to learn and share ideas."

Course content

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. 

This one year, fully funded, course is designed for graduate practitioners working in the foundation stage within pre-school settings and schools that offer the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Funding of £14,000 is available, this covers course fees of up to £7,000. The remaining £7,000 is a contribution to the costs incurred by your employer. 

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.

The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local settings and schools who will support you throughout the year.

To meet the requirements you will also spend:

  • 15 days engaged in University-based training
  • a minimum of 4 weeks in a contrasting setting
  • 10 days in a school engaging with the educational continuum in key stage 1 and 2

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.

Read our course brochure for more information.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching Resources

Education and teaching resources

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the Learning Resource Centre to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

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

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.

Indicative modules

We run University-based training days throughout the year. They provide the time and opportunity to further explore and reflect on knowledge and understanding of a range of fundamental early years topics including Professionalism in the Early Years; Planning a Stimulating Environment for Purposeful Play and Learning; Diversity, Equality and Inclusion; Safeguarding; Attachment Theory & The Role of The Key Person; Preparing for Phonics in the EYFS; Emotional Literacy, Physical Literacy; Leadership in the Early Years.

Studying alongside other early years trainee teachers allows you to engage in professional debate and discussions and share good practice and arising challenges within a safe environment. 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.​

All students must complete the following modules:

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. 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

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 a 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.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

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.

All of your teaching and assessments are included in the funding, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services while at University.

Contact Us

Please contact us at EYTS@chi.ac.uk for more information, to check your eligibility and request an application form.