Our Graduate Employment Based Route to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in an early years setting. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Early Years Initial Teacher Training courses.
This course is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in an early years setting.
As a trainee you will learn how to teach within the birth to 5 years age range. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching early years through a combination of employment-based and university-led training.
Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), along with 20 credits at Master’s level.
Funding is available for this route to EYTS - Find out more
Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), 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.
What do Ofsted say?
The University of Wolverhampton provision is particularly effective in developing highly professional teachers with the skills to reflect critically on the quality of their teaching in order to improve it. They are valued highly by the schools, colleges and other settings where they secure employment in the region. The university has an excellent reputation that enables it to build strong partnerships across the region to support high-quality teacher training and educational improvement. Employment rates in all phases are high, with many former trainees working in the region.
Ofsted (2013), Initial Teacher Education Inspection Report, London: Ofsted
The Graduate Employment Based Route to to the Department for Education for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a early years setting.
As successful trainees will already be employed in Early Years there will be additional opportunities available to use the status to work across a wider range of settings and to develop management and leadership potential.
Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 20 Master’s level credits towards any of our Masters' degrees in the field of education.
If you are successful you will be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach the birth to five age range, you will also gain 20 Master’s level credits.
As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
The University will award students with the Graduate Employment Based Route to Early Years Teacher Status with 20 credits at Master’s level.
All students who have fully met the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) as set by the Department for Education will be recommended for the award of EYTS.
The award of EYTS is essential to teach in a early years setting in the United Kingdom and, upon gaining this award, the student becomes a qualified teacher.
Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.
You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.
Candidates must be employed in a setting offering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You can register for the skills tests before applying for teacher training. You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. If you are offered a place following interview, you will have to pass both the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.
We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please see the following link.
Please note that:
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
Once you have a Conditional Offer, you will need to liaise with your current setting regarding obtaining or gaining a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.