Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher TrainingDirect Applications

    Course Overview

    Duration: 1 year
  • Do you want to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)? This qualification is growing in popularity, and students who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five. The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) follows two routes, each developed to meet a range of needs.

    Route one: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEE)

    If you are already working in an early years setting, this route will work for you. It is also known as the Graduate Entry Employment-based (GEE) route. Financial support is available to employers to release staff to attend and it is fully funded for students. On completion of this programme many students register for the dissertation stage of our MA Education programme.

    Route two: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEM)

    Designed for graduates in any discipline, this route is ideal for those who’ve decided to change careers, or new graduates with an interest in early years education. It’s also known as the Graduate Entry Mainstream Route. The course is fully funded by the National College for Teaching & Learning (NCTL) and small bursaries may be available for eligible candidates. It's also known as the Graduate Mainstream Entry (GEM) route.

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1st Year
  • Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy and Play within the EYFS.
  • Placement 1
  • Notions of Quality in Early Years Practice.
  • Placement 2-Interim Assessment EYT.
  • Transforming Early Years Practitioners: Facilitating Reflective Learning.
  • Placement 3-Final Assessment EYT.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme results in the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status.

Typically, students find employment in Children's Centres, nursery classes in schools, private and voluntary-funded nurseries or working in Local Authority Early Years Provision.

ALUMNI OF Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher Training

Course Leader

The teaching team, led by Jan Gourd, has extensive experience working with the early years sector. We have provided early years professional training (previously EYPS and now EYITT) for nearly ten years and have developed strong partnerships with early years settings enabling us to help our students to achieve their potential. Our core team of Marjon tutors is supported by an extensive network of external tutors who are all professionally active within the field of early years teaching.