Everything you need to know...
- Gain skills in teaching early literacy including reading, mathematics and numeracy.
- Understand children's development and how they learn through play.
- Develop your theoretical knowledge of child development, pedagogy and the key areas of Early Years Foundation Stage.
This course is designed for graduates with limited experience of working with children aged 0-5 years. Your studies are based around extended placements in at least two different early years settings to give you the confidence, skills and experience to work across the 0-5 age range.
‘I get to work with children at such a key time in their life, when I can have a really profound impact on their future development. 'The great thing about this course is that you return to your first placement at the end of the year, so you can see how those children have grown in just 12 months.’
Jodie Edward, PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care 0-5 with EYTS (graduate employment route)
How you learn
This course is professional and vocational in nature and has, as its primary aim, the development and supply of competent early years teachers who will be capable of securing employment in an education and care setting.
You learn through
- group and individual study
- work placements
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit our School Direct page.
Course leaders and tutors
As a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, I currently teach and mentor on the Early Years Teacher programme, and also the Foundation Degree in Early Years
This is a one-year course during which you will spend the majority of your time on placement with the two age phases covered by the course (children aged 0-3 years and 3-5 years).
You are briefed on the expectations of the role of a professional teacher and will experience some of the demands of employment first-hand while on placement. You are required to reflect on your development against current professional standards and to action plan to promote further progression ready for employment.
Experienced practitioners from the workplace support the course design and development. They are also a key part of the selection and recruitment process so that we recruit students who have the potential to be high quality and highly employable teachers.
You are supported in the process of applying for new teaching posts.
This course prepares you for a career in
- early years teaching
- children's centre teaching
- nursery teaching
- family support
- non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- private nurseries
- preschools and children's centres
By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Typically you need
• GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent*
• an honours degree, 2.2 or above
• evidence of at least 10 days work experience in a UK early years foundation stage setting
• hold the GCSE requirements before applying
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents
• 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE science equivalents
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science
EU and International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.
|Module: Exploring An Aspect Of Early Years Through Collaborative Development||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Reflecting On Approaches To Teaching||Credits: 30.00||
Fees and funding
Fees are paid by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.