Qualify to teach while working in a variety of schools and early years settings.
What you study
Train for a career as a creative and reflective early years teacher on a course that is offered in partnership with local and regional primary schools and early years settings.
You build your understanding of early years' education and all areas of foundation and Key Stage 1 curriculum teaching. You develop your knowledge of teaching and learning in the early years and key policies in early childhood education and care.
Key areas include training in line with current National Curriculum and Foundation Stage requirements • providing for children with special educational needs and disabilities • assessment for learning • enhancing the curriculum • current issues in early years education.
In the first year, we introduce the Foundation Stage Curriculum and you develop your understanding of how children learn. You are in school throughout the first year and focus on the development of children and the teaching of core subjects.
During your second and third years you continue to develop your understanding of the core subjects and consider more complex features of effective teaching and current issues, including a specialism and focused curriculum and assessed block placements. You develop your understanding of issues around inclusion and strategies for promoting inclusive practice and positive behaviour in the classroom. In third year you also have the opportunity to engage in your own area of classroom research, enabling you to develop your expertise and classroom practice in your specialism.
Teaching informed by research
You are trained by staff who are involved in national developments in primary and early years education and involved in current classroom research and are authors of key education textbooks. This means your training is based on the latest research and policy developments in early years and primary education, preparing you effectively for tomorrow’s teaching jobs.
Follow your area of interest
In the second year you also choose to develop an area of interest, such as special educational needs and disabilities, English, mathematics, PE, art, computing, modern foreign languages (French or Spanish) or complete a placement in a different education system. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
Your training takes place in partnership with local and regional children's centres, nurseries and primary schools. We have strong partnerships with Early Years settings and schools and work together to deliver high-quality placements.
Teaching and support
On this course, you have a significant amount of one-to-one support from your personal academic tutor, seminars and lectures, as well as access to a range of e-learning resources. Taught sessions are often practical and include theoretical perspectives and current and recent research.
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site. Note that QTS skills test support sessions are available free of charge throughout the year.
2017 entry requirements
Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course.
Plus one of the following
• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels including at least 40 points in each, one of which would normally be a primary national curriculum subject though this is not essential or DDM from equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.
• 104 UCAS points from three A levels including at least 80 points from two A levels, one of which would normally be a primary national curriculum subject though this is not essential or DMM from equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• Grade B from CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
• Access – QAA recognised diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including 20 credits at merit or above. Ideally, but not essentially, at least 18 credits at level 3 should be in a primary national curriculum subject, or sociology, or psychology. You can take GCSE equivalents for English, mathematics and science on Access courses (12 level two credits in each).
* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
* GCSE science equivalents are
• 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
• already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course
• have evidence of at least 10 days experience of working with children in a UK primary school gained within 12 months prior to your application.
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
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.
We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English Language Entry Requirements page.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• placement 1 • professional learning 1 • understanding learning and learners • introduction to the early years core curriculum • introduction to the foundation subjects in early years
|Year two modules||
• placement 2 • professional learning 2 • understanding inclusion • developing enquiry through a specialism • developing the core curriculum • developing the foundation subjects
|Year three modules||
• placement 3 • professional learning 3 • educational enquiry • enhancing English and the digital literacy curriculum • enhancing the maths and science curriculum • values and issues in education
This course prepares you for your first teaching post and helps you to build a successful career as an early years practitioner (3-7). It equips you with a strong knowledge of the early years and primary curriculum, giving you the confidence to teach in innovative ways that excite and motivate children.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,250 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.