Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS) (PgCert)



About the course

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You are passionate about working with babies and young children (birth-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher.

The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.

You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace.  You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.

On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting. You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children.





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  • National College for Teaching and Leadership

Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS) - (PgCert) - Bedford Campus

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

You are passionate about working with babies and young children (0-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher. You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace. You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.


On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting. You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children. You are selected onto the course because you are passionate about working with babies and very young children. The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

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

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, written tasks and a substantial evaluative web portfolio against the Teacher Standards (Early Years).

You will also complete a case study research project in an area of particular interest. 

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
  • Already working (or work found before course starts) minimum one day a week with young children (volunteer or in paid employment) within an Early Years setting

You will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a leader of Early Years practice. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should

  • Be a graduate with at least 300 credits
  • Satisfy the university that they are suitable for teaching
  • Pass professional skills tests in English and Mathematics

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will already be working in the Early Years sector. This course enables you to become a leader of practice in your own setting and aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles. 

You will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications. 

You may be required to carry out a six-week placement in another setting to gain appropriate breadth of experience.

A fully funded work-based learning course 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. Further your 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 placement opportunities.
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Travel to exciting destinations, including:

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

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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.

UK/EU

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

International

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.

Facilities

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 muscle cell and molecular biology 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 genetics 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).

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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