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PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route)

Train to become a teacher in early years with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) on a course run in partnership with regional early years settings and schools. Throughout the course you spend time in university, your home setting and on placement gaining a critical and practical perspective on all aspects of learning and teaching in the 0-5 age phase.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus

Course description

This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.

During the course you cover developing the curriculum and pedagogy for the age phases 0-3 and 3-5 years. You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through key stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors, you extend your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including
• the observation and assessment of young children's development
• children's development and learning through play
• children's participation and inclusion
• collaborative working with parents and carers
• the leadership of staff teams

During your training you strengthen your expertise in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy. The course also enhances your skills in supporting children's learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective learning that are key to this stage of development.

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 three age groups within the 0-5 age range.

Throughout your course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This supports and enhances your career potential, opening up opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally a GCSE grade C in English, 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 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

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.

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

Employment-based requirements

For the period of training all applicants employed at a school, excluding academies, independent schools and early years settings, must be employed as an unqualified teacher. You will not perform more than 90% of the duties normally completed by a full-time early years teacher.

2018 entry requirements

Normally a GCSE grade C in English, 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 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

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.

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

Employment-based requirements

For the period of training all applicants employed at a school, excluding academies, independent schools and early years settings, must be employed as an unqualified teacher. You will not perform more than 90% of the duties normally completed by a full-time early years teacher.

Course structure

One year part-time
Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course content

Key areas include • child development for babies, toddlers and young children • the Early Years Foundation Stage • play in early childhood • working with families • leadership • working across professional boundaries

Assessment
  • course work including reflective writing, presentations and e-portfolio
  • practice during placements

Employability

Previous students have gained roles as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families.

Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5.

There are developing opportunities in schools, as schools extend provision to two-year-olds. Early career salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.

For experienced early years teachers, there are good opportunities for career progression leading to higher level leadership roles. These roles include private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centres co-ordinator or manager, where you would lead a multiprofessional team. Salaries range between £25,000 and £40,000.

Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at masters level.

Fees

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)

2017/18 academic year

Fees are paid by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

Please email Teacher Education Student Support, tedss@shu.ac.uk for an application form.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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