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Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS) PGCE

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Bedford Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Early Years Birth to 5) offers a unique route into achieving Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

The course promotes flexibility in your own career pathway and provides opportunities to achieve a recognised birth to 5 teaching qualification. It enhances the professional requirements for EYTS by giving you extensive experience in a variety of work based settings including children centres, pre-school, and nursery.

This offers a holistic experience of the developing and learning child from birth to aged 5. The course focuses on the importance of teaching and learning at this critical stage of a child progressing through the Early Years Foundation Stage to their primary school provision.

In addition, the PGCE provides you with skills, knowledge and understanding in developing yourself as a leader in high quality early years settings.

Why choose this course?

  • This course leads to a postgraduate qualification in teaching young children from birth to 5.
  • It develops the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding Early Years teacher and leader within a breadth of Early Years settings.
  • The course will give you a deep understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of essential learning that takes place in babies and young children from birth to 5.
  • The course develops clear understanding of essential learning processes of babies and young children preparing them for their journey into lifelong learning.
  • This will give you significant opportunities to develop your academic and professional interests into early years teaching and be accredited with Early Years Teacher Status.
  • On meeting the required professional standards you will be recommended to the Department for Education for the award of Early Years Teacher Status.
  • This will qualify you to teach in a range of early years settings including children's centres, pre-school, nursery, and schools (primarily Free Schools and Academies).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of formative and summative tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you. As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards. The passing of all three units will mean that you can be recommended you to the Department for Education for EYTS. In exceptional circumstances, approved by the Head of School, it may be possible for recommendation for EYTS to be made without completion of the academic units. This option is not an automatic entitlement. In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

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University information

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 81 1

    27th out of 83 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    105 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    119 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%



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