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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route

Middlesex University

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  • Qualification

    QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

  • Location

    Middlesex University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Working as an early years teacher is a rewarding and challenging career and you can make a real difference to young children’s development and life chances. This part time training programme is designed for graduates who are employed in an early years setting and wish to further their experience and knowledge in early childhood development and lead education and care for children from birth to five years

Why study Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route at Middlesex University?

This 12 month part time training route enables you to work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) whilst being employed in an early years setting. We recognise that as an employed student you will have unique training needs and we will work with you to create an individual training plan, in consultation with your employer, to ensure that you have sufficient training and placement opportunities to meet all aspects of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

In addition to the practice role you have in your workplace, you are also required to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding through placement experiences in order to meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will gain experience of different approaches to teaching, and to school and early years setting organisation and management.

As an Early Years ITT Graduate Employment Based trainee you will work towards the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). To enhance your progress towards achieving EYTS, we offer the Professional Practice in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching which enables you to gain 60 credits at Masters Level.


Our degree is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education.


How can the Early Year Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route support your career?

Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focused on the birth to five year age range. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. You can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools where teaching staff can be employed without the requirement for them to have QTS.

Early Years Teachers with EYTS can work in maintained settings. However, only those who meet the legal definition of a school teacher with QTS can lead teaching in a maintained nursery school or a nursery class in a maintained school for children aged 3 and over.

There is no pay scale for early years teachers. The pay and conditions of individuals with EYTS are determined by employers. All early years settings are free to set the level of pay for individuals they employ with early years teacher status including maintained schools.

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University information

Middlesex University

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  • Campus address

    Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, Barnet, NW4 4BT, England

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  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    115 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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