Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS) - PGCE

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years.

Partnerships with local schools and early years settings give you opportunities to put theory into practice on two contrasting placements, supported by experienced mentors and University staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

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Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS) - PGCE - Bedford Campus

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code - 2NSZ
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Sep
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad knowledge and secure understanding of early years teaching and learning theories – delivered by a long-established teacher training partnership
  • Explore your passion for working with babies and young children, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing early years teaching, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
  • Develop your experience in the workplace as well as research interests that you can apply to your own practice
  • Gain knowledge of key policy developments in the Early Years and foundation phase, with added consideration of international perspectives
  • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), enabling you to work in a nursery, private childcare setting, free school and academy; to start your own setting or take up work as a childminder
  • Pursue continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • The Professional Early Years Practitioner
  • High Quality Practice in the Early Years
  • The Early Years Researcher
  • The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you.

As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Science GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • School-based experience

  • Experience within an Early Years/Key Stage 1 setting for a minimum of two weeks
  • Pass professional skills tests in English and Mathematics

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Early Years Teacher Status is a new nationally-recognised qualification. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession.

The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting and school, qualified to teach young children from birth to age 5.

You will keep abreast of policy and research developments, engage in research at your own setting and work with families and other professionals to improve outcomes for babies and young children.

You are also likely to take up further study to Masters Level, e.g. MA Education, MA Education (Early Years), MA Education (Special Educational Needs), MA Education (Leadership) and beyond.

An exciting PGCE leading to Early Years Teacher Status. Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident practitioner, able to lead in a variety of Early Years settings. Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in child development; early literacy and mathematics; and Early Years Foundation Stage. You will be taught in lectures and seminars (including the integration of the University’s own Forest School and outdoor learning environment); and Early Years placements from birth to age 5.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

  • Fees are covered by a bursary

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

    Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Extra costs for this course

You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

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