Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route, Short Course | Part time | Middlesex University | London, United Kingdom
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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route

3 months
2250 GBP/year
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This Assessment Only course is a self-funded route to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) that does not require a period of training. It is suitable for very experienced graduate practitioners from the UK or overseas who have taught in at least two early years settings in the UK. The Early Years Initial Teacher Training - Assessment Only Route programme is offered at Middlesex University.


Programme Overview

What will you study on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Assessment Only Route?

This is not a training programme, instead, it is a selection and assessment process.

Following receipt of a complete and suitable application the process is as follows

Stage 1: Selection

Part 1: Confirmation of qualifications, experience and employment status via interview at Middlesex University with an Early Years Teacher Training tutor. Entry requirements will be checked and candidates will be advised about preparing for Part 2 of the selection process. Before progressing to Part 2 candidates must provide proof of successful completion of the Professional skills tests. Candidates who fail the tests on three occasions will not be able to complete Stage 2 and will not be eligible for EYTS assessment.

Part 2: Formative assessment, suitability check and development planning. This is carried out by a University tutor in consultation with a senior member of staff in the early years setting who will confirm your evidence claim, understanding and experience and establish your suitability for this route. It will include observation of your practice and your skills in communicating in Standard English. Where sufficient evidence is identified, the tutor will approve the candidate for assessment and support the candidate in preparing a development plan. This will identify any weaknesses and gaps in evidence and set targets for the candidate, which may include elements of training/professional development and time frame in which to qualify.

Stage 2: Assessment

Part 1: Initial assessment.

This will include a summative interview and observation, carried out by the teacher training tutor, shortly before final assessment and moderation, in order to confirm that targets have been met and the scope of evidence collected is sufficient. The tutor will provide written feedback on performance and make an assessment judgement about EYTS. Initial assessments can be arranged after 6 weeks of the assessed period and before final assessment/moderation in week 12. This allows candidates to present supplementary evidence at the final assessment stage if required.

Part 2: Final assessment/moderation

This will include interviews, observation(s) of practice and scrutiny of the portfolio of evidence. It will be carried out by a different assessor who will seek to confirm and moderate assessment judgments.

How are candidates supported during the process?

Candidates are approved for assessment by an experienced Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) tutor who aims to ensure that candidates are fully conversant with the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) and requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

The employing early years setting will provide a mentor who is able to undergo EYITT mentor training. The mentor will meet regularly with the candidate, provide guidance and support, and provide feedback which addresses the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

What happens when the candidate is judged to pass and meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)?

We notify the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) and EYTS will be awarded. A certificate will be sent to the candidate.

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training - Assessment Only Route programme is offered at Middlesex University.

Programme Structure

For more information please visit the university website.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have GCSE grade A* to C, or be able to demonstrate equivalence, in English language, mathematics and a science subject
  • You must hold a degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification
  • Original certificates must be available, in order to progress your application
  • You must have evidence of competent practice in at least two different early years settings. [Candidates who have worked only in their employing early years setting will need a placement of at least four weeks duration before they can be accepted onto the assessment stage, in order to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) in a second setting

Tuition Fee

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    2250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2250 GBP per year during 3 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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