• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


  • Become a specialist in early childhood development and have a lasting, positive influence on children’s wellbeing
  • Gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) at a time when demand for high-calibre early years professionals has never been stronger
  • Prepare for a rewarding career in nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres and a whole range of other settings
  • Apply theory to practice on challenging and exciting placements
  • Choose a study pathway to suit your needs: we offer both full and part-time routes to achieve EYTS
  • Learn from a dynamic teaching team with an excellent reputation for the quality of their training and the impact of their research

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve Early Years Teacher Status and will be fully equipped to pursue a worthwhile career in the private, voluntary and independent sectors. The timing could not be better: opportunities for well-trained, confident professionals are set to expand under the Government’s plans for improving quality in early education: see ‘More great childcare’ (January 2013).

You could progress your career in nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres, academies or independent schools. You could also consider roles where you support health visitors in the community or act as an early years instructor in the maintained sector.

We are dedicated to improving your employability skills at every stage of your studies and Ofsted congratulated us on the high employment rates of our students. Many EYTS graduates go on to secure positions with the organisations where they undertook their placements, while those who follow our employment-based pathway are regularly promoted to more senior roles with greater responsibilities.

Programme Structure

If you choose to undertake the full programme, you will undertake the following modules at masters level:

  • The Developing Child (Birth to Five)
  • Working in Partnership and Leading
  • Babies and Young Children in Learning and Educational Contexts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

  • Entry requirements for Early Years ITT are the same as entry requirements for primary teaching.
  • You must hold a degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. An ordinary degree is acceptable. A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the QCF.
  • All trainees must have GCSE Maths, English, and Science at grade C or above at the start of the pathway.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Each route entitles you to a grant which covers the course fees in their entirety. This grant will be paid directly to the University of Derby. 


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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