Early years initial teacher training Year 3 BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Pathway

Year of entry


You will complete 120 academic credits for your final year of study. 60 credits of bespoke EYITT modules and 60 credits from the programme BA Early Childhood Studies.

  • Curriculum Studies:  Pedagogy and Principles of Practice (20 Credits)

The module aims to deepen your ability to develop a systematic understanding and knowledge of pedagogy and principles related to the effective delivery of early years practice.

  • Professional Studies: Leadership for Learning and Wellbeing (20 credits) 

The aims of this module are to support you in identifying and critically analysing current research and debate related to the significant role of the Early Years Teacher and to take a leading role in the delivery of the early years curriculum and professional practice.

  • Professional Placement (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to become effective Early Years Teachers.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood ( 20 credits)

The module aims to bring together the knowledge, skills and concepts you have been developing through the previous levels of the programme, and to utilise your growing sophistication in critically analysing the various factors which impact upon the growth and development of young children.

  • Early Childhood Independent Study (40 credits)

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry in an area of interest area related to early childhood and to produce a high quality structured and relevant research project which may inform your future career development.

The entry requirements for Early Years Initial Teacher Training (ITT) are the same as those for primary ITT.

Applicants must have:

  • Achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject
  • Passed the professional skills test prior to entry
  • Two good references to support your application.

You will also be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

All entrants, as part of Canterbury Christ Church selection procedures, will take part in a rigorous interview selection process designed to assess your suitability to teach. 

You will be assessed through formative and summative assessments against the Teacher Standards (Early Years) in each of your placements.

View the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

You will be assessed by a university link tutor and placement mentor through a variety of ways:

  • Regular observations of your practice and teaching with babies and children.
  • A portfolio of evidence including child progress data
  • A record of development

Personalised action plans will be reviewed and updated throughout your programme to support your training and progress. 

You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 days within a variety of placements throughout the year. You will spend a number of days each week in placement with block placements organised throughout the year.

You will be in placement from September – July. The placements will be in settings for children from birth to 5 years and will be sourced by the Partnership Team in line with the University placement policies and procedures.

You will be set a transition placement task to complete prior to starting the course. This will include 10 days carried out in an Early Years setting with tasks set by the academic team. 

There are no additional fees for this pathway as part of your undergraduate programme.


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UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 10 months


  • Sept 2019

Entry requirements

  • This pathway is suitable for Year 3 BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (single honours) students who intend to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. This pathway is delivered from September to July for Year 3 students.

    English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.

    The course focuses on teaching and learning with children across this age range. Studying for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) at Canterbury Christ Church University will give you the opportunity to train and be assessed against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

    The programme aims to enable you to develop the key skills, understanding and knowledge to begin your career in teaching in the early years in the best possible way. We place a particular emphasis on critical reflection as a way of helping you to combine your understanding of theory and research in education with your professional practice.



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