Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) (Mainstream Route) PGCE

London, Bloomsbury
Ages 0 - 5 (Early Years)

The Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM) pathway on the EYITT programme is designed for those who wish to work with children from 0-5yrs old. EYTS will be recommended for graduates who have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards. This is different from QTS, which is required to lead learning in Local Authority maintained schools. EYTS enables people to teach 0-5yr olds within all other areas of the sector, which is the provision where most children in the EYFS attend.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£7,000
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£7,000
Duration
1 academic year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 05 Aug 2022

Applications open

Skills


This course will give you everything you need to teach in an Early Years setting, both the pedagogical theory and practical skills to be an inspiring early years teacher.

Support


Our gradual immersion approach will enable you to become increasingly familiar with your EYFS context and all elements of the teaching role. You will be supported by Setting Mentors and IOE Tutors, to enable you to develop your practice and apply pedagogical ideas to your teaching.

Experience


Placements in different contexts will allow you to experience teaching children of all ages in the EYFS (0-5yrs), and reflect upon the pedagogical priorities in different settings.

Start teaching


With a PGCE and a recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you can start teaching in the EYFS as soon as you successfully complete the course.

The IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, has been ranked 1st in the world for education for eight years running in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

Entry requirements

First degree

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A levels

No specific subject required.

GCSEs

English Language, Science (one from Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) and Mathematics at grade C / 5 or above. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via Equivalency Testing or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5. For Mathematics, equivalency tests in Mathematics Foundation or Mathematics Higher with grade 5 are accepted. For Science, equivalency tests in either Combined Science or Biology with grade 5 are accepted. BTEC, Functional Skills or Access course qualifications are not accepted in place of GCSEs.

School experience

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in an EYFS Setting before you enrol on the EYITT PGCE.  This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work.

Skills tests

Trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Mathematics and English skills by the end of their teacher training.

Equivalent standard

Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test at www.equivalencytesting.com or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5.

Relevant experience and background

Applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if they can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in the relevant field.

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa - study must be full-time, starting September.

DBS and occupational health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The Occupational Health Check is £77, and depending on your DBS requirements, there may be an additional fee of £12.75 if you can submit your DBS Enhanced Disclosure check via a UK Post Office. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

About this course

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, you will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Graduates will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Who this course is for

This pathway is for those not employed in an early years setting or phase of a school who wish to specialise in working with children aged 0-5 years.

What this course will give you

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools/settings and at IOE, UCL's Faculty for Education and Society.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at IOE by harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with early years settings and schools in inner cities, particularly in London. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as Mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE Tutors have extensive experience of Teaching, Leadership, Setting Management, inspection, research and consultancy.

The teacher you want to be

Significant research, including the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010), has provided sound evidence that high quality early education and care has a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). It has become increasingly recognised that quality education in the early years has a significant influence upon long term outcomes for children. Government reforms in Initial Teacher Education have focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, successful graduates of the specialist EYITT programme find that they are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector.

The tools of a great educator

  • Understanding of pedagogy and reflection upon practice
  • Knowledge of the Statutory requirements
  • Collaboration with families, colleagues and wider agencies
  • Understanding of how to create engaging learning environments for children that promote progress in all areas of learning and development

Employability

Early Years Teachers (EYTs) can lead learning in all Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings which is where the majority of children and EYFS provision is based. They can also work in Free Schools, Academies and Independent Schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS. EYTS Graduates have gone on to work in many different roles within the EYFS, as specialist teachers of 0-5yr olds.

Accreditation

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards. Please note that EYITT leads to the award of EYTS, not QTS which is required to lead teaching and learning in maintained schools. EYTS enables people to teach 0-5yr olds within Academies, Free Schools, Independent Schools and within the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector which is the provision where most children in the EYFS attend.

Structure

The programme includes a combination of taught sessions, workshops, independent study and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years teacher.

Modules

Full-time

The EYITT programme has been developed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to meet all of the Early Years Teachers’ Standards and develop as reflective practitioners.

Throughout the EYITT programme you will complete three modules on Learning and Teaching within the EYFS Framework, Action-Based Research in the EYFS, and Professional Practice.

Learning and Teaching within the EYFS Framework Module

This module is designed to introduce the key ideas that will underpin your practice. You will develop your understanding of all Areas of Learning within the EYFS Framework and consider theoretical perspectives on child development and learning.

The module enables you to develop an understanding of practice for providing young children with rich experiences that foster all that is central to children’s intellectual, creative, social, physical and emotional development.

Action Based Research in the EYFS Module

This module draws on the expertise of active researchers in the field of early education and care. Taught sessions outline the process and principles underpinning the action research approach, and early childhood researchers present key elements of their own research.

You will develop an understanding of the action research process and key components of undertaking research within EYFS settings. You will complete your own research project, within your placement, to consider the potential of, and barriers to, implementing changes to practice within EYFS settings. This is intended to further develop your approaches to interpreting your influence upon children’s experiences and impact upon children’s development.

Professional Practice Module

Throughout the year, within the Professional Practice Module, you will undertake placements in two different EYFS settings. The first placement (Setting Experience 1) covers the upper age-phases (3-5yrs and KS1), and the second (Setting Experience 2) covers the lower (0-3yrs). Both are split into three parts, to ensure that you gain experience of teaching all age-groups (3-4yrs, 4-5yrs and KS1 for Setting Experience 1, and 0-1yrs, 1-2yrs and 2-3yrs for Setting Experience 2). The aim of each period of Setting Experience is to provide opportunities for you to work progressively towards demonstrating competent practice and ability to meet the Early Years Teachers’ Standards at a high level.

Throughout Setting Experience 1 and Setting Experience 2, you will receive support from Setting Mentors and a UCL Supervision Tutor. You are encouraged to reflect upon your own progress and observation of your practice is designed to facilitate professional dialogue about your placement activities, your impact on children’s learning and your evidence of competence across all Early Years Teachers’ Standards. You will compile a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate how you are meeting the Early Years Teachers’ Standards. You will use an EYTS Tracker to monitor your own progress and identify areas for your development. You will complete an ongoing Professional Development Plan (PDP) to identify and prepare specific activity to support your own development. Mentors and Supervision Tutors will work in close collaboration with you to monitor your progress, support you in developing your practice and furthering your understanding. This is intended to further your understanding of reflective practice and engender both an independent and collaborative approach to continuous professional development which continues beyond your EYITT year, and enable you to knowledgably adapt to differing educational climates throughout your career.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits and the Professional Practice module you will be awarded a PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher Training (mainstream pathway). Please note that EYITT leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status, not Qualified Teacher Status which is required to lead teaching and learning in maintained schools.

School placements

Students will undertake placements in order to cover the full 0-5 age range and engage with the educational curriculum beyond the EYFS. This involves a minimum of 120 days of placements, that the IOE provides.

We ensure your placement will provide fulfilling and valuable experiences through:

  • A dedicated Placements Team to identify the best settings for your placements, as close to your home as possible!!
  • Interconnection between specific programme tasks and placement activity, to facilitate relating theory and practice!!
  • Ongoing support from a specific Setting Mentor and IOE Supervision Tutor!!
  • Programme documentation that is designed to facilitate progression along bespoke trajectories, to enable you to set, and meet, personalised targets!!

Making the most of your placement

We understand that working in different contexts can be challenging. Balancing work, study, placements and personal life can need careful consideration. Maintaining your own well-being, throughout your studies, is essential for effective teaching. We support you all of the way through. Setting Mentors, IOE Supervision Tutors and a specific Personal Tutor are all able to help you to navigate your individual situation and support you to maximise your learning opportunities. Wider UCL services are also freely available to you, throughout your studies, to support with any challenges that you may encounter.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £7,000
Tuition fees (2022/23) £7,000

A DfE training grant is available to cover the full cost of tuition fees. This is paid directly to UCL on your behalf.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students are responsible for funding their travel to and from placements.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

A £7,000 grant is available to cover programme fees. This funding is provided to UCL automatically and does not need to be applied for. Please note that the funding outlined above is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) and therefore subject to DfE policy changes.

Bursaries may also be available. Further information is available on the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and some allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees and a stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Application and next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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