The University of Wolverhampton

Graduate Employment Based route (GEB) leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) with Best Practice Network

Why choose this course?

This is a part time course for practitioners who are graduates and work in early years settings.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training is focused on high quality care and education for the birth to five age range and leads to Early Years Teacher Status. To achieve Early Years Teacher Status by the end of the training programme, you will need to be able to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) across the birth to five age range.

The Government is committed to raising the quality of early years provision by encouraging graduate leadership. Research has shown that the quality of provision is higher in settings that employ more graduate trained staff.

Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status, trainees must meet robust standards designed specifically for high quality work with this age group. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high quality education and care for babies and young children.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Where possible you will be supported by other EYTS or EYPS in the settings you go into
  • You will be allocated a personal tutor and a mentor in who will support identification of placement need on an individual basis
  • Members of the teaching team are all active practitioners or researchers in an area of childhood studies. For example, the experience of part time students, teachers perspectives in primary education of government agendas and comparative education and the role of the adult with pre-school settings.

What our students think

Find out what two of our students, Shiba and William, had to say about their experiences becoming an Early Years Teacher:

William Vanderpuye: helping children develop through learning

Shiba Hussain, Early Years teacher

Career path

Successful trainees on the Graduate Employment Based route will already be employed in Early Years. Additional opportunities will be available to use the status to work across a wider range of settings and to develop management and leadership potential.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge all children.
  2. Promote good progress and outcomes by children.
  3. Demonstrate good knowledge of early learning and EYFS.
  4. Plan education and care taking account of the needs of all children.
  5. Adapt education and care to respond to the strengths and needs of all children
  6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment.
  7. Safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and provide a safe learning environment.
  8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities.

Entry requirements

  • have achieved a GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject. (Please be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department at for clarification).
  • hold a first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification
  • have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess their suitability to teach
  • have passed the professional skills tests

Please view further information regarding interview preperation

Course fees and finance

2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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