Non-NTU Award

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only)

Teacher in primary school classroom
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Practitioner / Professional / Short course / Non-credit
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2019; March 2019
  • Course duration: Maximum of 12 weeks

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Early years teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

If you are an experienced Early Years practitioner with experience of working with children from birth to 5 years old, and you wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Assessment Only route is ideal for you.

As an experienced practitioner it is possible you can meet the requirements of the Teacher Standards (Early Years) without any further training.

Supported by your employer, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Early Years teaching standards through assessment of your current practice.

A successful assessment leads to Teachers' Standards (Early Years) Award.

What you'll study

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only) route is not a training course, but allows you to demonstrate that you meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) through a selection and assessment process.

  • Assessment structure

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessment takes place in the setting where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

    You will gather a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you implement each of the Teachers' Standards effectively across the whole age range of 0 - 5 years. You will be expected to demonstrate you have gained experience across a minimum of two early years settings, including Key Stage 1.

    The assessment process

    The assessment will include:

    • a completed application form, including a personal statement
    • a reference from your current employing setting
    • observation and assessment of your practice in your setting
    • evidence of passing the Department for Education's Professional Skills tests
    • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks.

    How long does the assessment take?

    The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period is required, then an alternative programme can be advised.

    Placements

    This course does not currently offer placements. Applicants must have access to an appropriate Early Years setting prior to applying where they can be assessed and the full support of their employer.

    Applicants will need to ensure they can meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) for experience in two settings including 10 days in Key Stage 1.

Careers and employability

Driven by the Department for Education (DfE), 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.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification;
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent;

Other requirements:

  • Two years relevant and recent experience of practice prior to being assessed against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) and the ability to evidence this;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks;
  • Professional skills test (pass).
  • Interview;
  • If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Further information on entry requirements

Professional ITT skills tests

If you apply for a teacher training course then you must pass professional ITT skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process. You must pass these tests before you start the course.

Registration and booking for the skills tests is available on the Department for Education website.

Find out more about the tests and how to prepare for them with our teacher training skills tests FAQs sheet

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Fees and funding

There is no Department for Education funding for the Assessment Only route, therefore you or your supporting school must meet the cost of the assessment.

The current fees are:

  • Initial Assessment: £500 (non-refundable)
  • Final Assessment: £1,500
  • Additional visits: £150

There could be an additional charge for travel and accommodation if you are more than 50 miles away from the University. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

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