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Year of Entry 2019/20

Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with Early Years Teacher Status

Build on your career and excel in early years education and childcare on this PGCE course.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? 2MW8
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Build on your current experience in teaching children aged 0-5 years, in early years settings
  • Gain useful practical experience, and strengthen your expertise in teaching numeracy and literacy
  • Cover all age groups within the 0-5 year range, ensuring rounded knowledge
  • Develop useful academic and professional skills on a course with an 'Outstanding' OFSTED rating

This course strengthens the expertise of professionals currently working with children aged 0-5 in early years settings. Adaptable to your work and commitments, the PGCE ensures rounded teaching practice, alongside sound postgraduate theory.

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Watch student Lucie O'Grady talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

On this course, you'll spend time at work, on campus and on placement. Your placements will take place at your current setting, as well as in another setting which caters for a different age group. You'll study child development, working with families and staff leadership, and gain a well-rounded and versatile knowledge of childcare and education.

You learn through

  • Placements
  • Assessments
  • Independent learning
  • Coursework
  • Reflective writing

Course leaders and tutors

Lynne Truelove
Lynne Truelove
Senior Lecturer In Early Years

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

Applied learning

Work placements

You complete an assessed teaching practice in your home school or early years setting, and a second assessed placement with a younger or older age-group in a second school or early years setting. Placement experience is organised so that you cover the age groups within the 0-5 age range.

Future careers

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in

  • private nurseries
  • preschools and children's centres
  • working with individual children and their families
  • further education teaching
  • reception classes
  • nursery schools


By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the Departement for Education (DfE).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Entry requirements

All students

Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 2.1 degree or above

• 2.2 degree plus evidence of at least one year's work experience in an early years foundation stage setting, working as an early years practitioner, teaching assistant or unqualified teacher

• current employment as a teacher, practitioner or manager in an early years foundation stage class or setting

You must hold the GCSE requirements before applying. If you are waiting to take up a post, you need evidence of at least 15 days of experience of working with children in an early years foundation stage setting gained within the last 12 months.

You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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.

As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

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

*GCSE science equivalents

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• science equivalency test from

• OCR National Level 2 Science

• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

Employment-based requirements

For the period of training all applicants must be employed at a school, academy, independent school or an early years setting. You will not perform more than 90% of the duties normally completed by a full-time early years teacher.

Additional information for EU/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 modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Exploring An Aspect Of Early Years Through Collaborative Development Credits: 30
Module: Professional Practice: 3 To 11 Credits: -
Module: Professional Practice: Birth To 3 Credits: -
Module: Reflecting On Approaches To Teaching Credits: 30

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Fees are paid by DfE.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration 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.

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.

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Please email Teacher Education Student Support at for an application form.

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