Getting good basic qualifications is the first step towards becoming an early years teacher and to be offered a course place you must meet the following entry requirements. If you have any questions about the requirements below contact Helen Mclaren firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degree or equivalent
A degree (300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6) from a UK higher education institution, or equivalent qualification.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language, maths and a science. If you do not meet the GCSE requirements, we can offer an equivalence test; contact us for details.
Current experience working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Before starting the course, you will need:
- a signed employer partnership agreement
- to have passed the professional skills tests
- to take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to teach
- an advanced DBS check certificate.
Employer partnership agreement
Your employer needs to sign a partnership agreement, which states that they agree to support you during your period of training. This is a condition of the offer we make – you cannot start until we have received the signed agreement. Your employer will receive a £7,000 financial incentive to support you during this period. This is to cover, for example, supply cover costs to enable you to engage with training and placements.
Professional skills tests
The professional skills tests are compulsory: you will not be able to start your training without having successfully completed them. You can book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.
At the university we recognise that these tests present a real challenge to some candidates and we recommend that you prepare carefully before attempting them as you are limited to only three attempts per test. For this reason we will not insist that applicants have passed the tests before attending an interview; although having already passed the tests may give you a clear advantage, we will be prepared to consider your capacity to pass them.
Details about the tests, including how to register and prepare, can be found here.