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Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) (Mainstream Route) PGCE



What will I learn?

The Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM) pathway on the EYITT programme is designed for those who wish to work with children from 0-5yrs old. EYTS will be recommended for graduates who have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards. This is different from QTS, which is required to lead learning in Local Authority maintained schools. EYTS enables people to teach 0-5yr olds within all other areas of the sector, which is the provision where most children in the EYFS attend.


Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards. Please note that EYITT leads to the award of EYTS, not QTS which is required to lead teaching and learning in maintained schools. EYTS enables people to teach 0-5yr olds within Academies, Free Schools, Independent Schools and within the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector which is the provision where most children in the EYFS attend.

About this programme

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, you will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Graduates will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

Teaching and learning

The programme includes a combination of taught sessions, workshops, independent study and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years teacher.

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools/settings and at the IOE.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at the IOE by harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with early years settings and schools in inner cities, particularly in London. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as Mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE Tutors have extensive experience of Teaching, Leadership, Setting Management, inspection, research and consultancy.


Early Years Teachers (EYTs) can lead learning in all Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings which is where the majority of children and EYFS provision is based. They can also work in Free Schools, Academies and Independent Schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS. EYTS Graduates have gone on to work in many different roles within the EYFS, as specialist teachers of 0-5yr olds.


Significant research, including the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010), has provided sound evidence that high quality early education and care has a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). It has become increasingly recognised that quality education in the early years has a significant influence upon long term outcomes for children.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Education, University of London

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£7,000.00 (US$ 8,612) per year
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


London, Bloomsbury

Gower Street,


WC1E 6BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who want to enter to graduate programmes at UCL usually require either an upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. Students need to have Bachelor's degree with a final CGPA of 3.3/4.0 are considered for Upper second-class (2:1) and students with final CGPA of 3.0/4.0 are considered for Lower second-class (2:2).

For international students

First degree - A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A levels - No specific subject required. GCSEs - English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or 5. School experience - We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in an EYFS Setting before you enrol on the EYITT PGCE. This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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