University Of Cumbria Early Years

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University Of Cumbria Early Years

Early Years teachers work with children from birth to five in areas such as pre-schools and nurseries. We will help you meet the high demand for confident and highly effective Early Years Teachers.

What early years courses do we offer?

Available at undergraduate and postgraduate level, many of our courses provide you with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) to fully qualify you for work as a teacher, leading teaching and learning in a pre-school, nursery or other early years setting.

Early Years Education and Development

Available in three study routes, this course will help you be part of creating a high-quality workforce in early years settings and play an essential role in children’s development from birth to five.

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of child development
  • Opportunities to become immersed in work-based learning in a range of Early Years settings
  • Taught by a team of committed Early Years specialists
  • Guest speakers from a range of professionals involved in working with babies and young children

BA (Hons) Early Years Education and Development (3-year course)

DipHE Early Years Education and Development (2-year course)

BA (Hons) Early Years Education and Development (with integrated foundation year) (4-year course)


QTS Direct (Assessment Only)

We can assess suitably-qualified and experienced candidates for Qualified Teacher Status without the need for any training.

  • Be qualified in 3 months
  • Stay in employment and keep earning
  • Create a portfolio of evidence towards the standards
  • This route is self-funded

QTS Direct (Assessment Only)

Why study Early Years at the University of Cumbria?

By choosing to take an early years education course at the University of Cumbria, you will be studying at an institution built on over 100 years of teacher training through our founding institutions Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside and St Martin’s College in Lancaster.

As a student on one of our early years programmes, you’ll be part of one of the largest teacher training institutions in the UK and have access to a wide range of support including an extensive library of learning resources, careers and employability advice and guidance, and health and wellbeing support.

Whichever course you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills, experience and understanding you need to make a positive contribution to the lives of children in your care.