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About Early Years Initial Teacher Training at Nottingham Trent University

Early years teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives."
Robert M. Hutchins

This one year, part-time degree is ideal if you are employed in an Early Years setting and leads to Teachers' Standard (Early Years) Award.

Driven by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the recent introduction of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training qualification aims to raise the status of the early years workforce, providing specialist practitioners with the knowledge and understanding required to give children the best start in life.

Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a recognised professional qualification
  • Course fees covered by NCTL funding
  • Generous funding available for employers
  • Fast-track to a Master's with up to 60 Masters-level credits
  • Gain Level One Forest School accreditation


The National College for Teaching and Leadership have announced new bursaries for graduate entry Early Years Initial Teacher Training. Bursaries are now available of up to £5,000 for graduates with a first class degree, £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1, and £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2.

Careers and employability

Driven by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the recent introduction of the Early Years Initial Teacher-Training qualification aims to raise the status and quality of teaching, and ensure children have the best start in life.

A successful assessment and achieving Early Years Teacher Status will provide you with excellent career development opportunities for the future.

Individuals with EYTS can work in all private and voluntary settings. Free Schools, new mainstream and alternate provision academies, and existing academies can also employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to hold QTS.

Graduates may use their masters-level credit to pursue an MA in Education.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

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We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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