EYITT (GEM) (full-time)


"Since gaining my EYP status in March 2013, both of my settings have been inspected by Ofsted. We received an amazing report and we were judged as outstanding. We were commended for our practice and were recommended to disseminate our practice to other settings." Kelly Fisher  EYP 2013 
Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Graduate Entry Mainstream
This route is for graduates studying full-time through an academic-based route. Typically this will be over a one-year period. This is a fully funded course by the NCTL.


How to Apply

Please download the application form below, complete and return to the Admissions department. Guidance notes for the application and DBS forms are also provided.

In order to develop their academic knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood, trainees on the GEM route also undertake the PG Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care alongside the EYITT qualification.  Please go to the PG Certificate page and complete this additional application form which must be submitted alongside your EYITT application.

Course subject to validation


doc  Application Form
Last updated: 04 March 2015

doc  Application Form Guidance
Last updated: 05 March 2015

pdf  DBS Guidance
Last updated: 24 October 2014

Entry requirements

A degree in a relevant subject, although a non relevant degree together with appropriate experience will also be considered. The degree does not have to be at a specified level, but bursaries are available for those with a First or 2:1. The supporting qualifications needed to get onto an Early Years teacher training course will be the same as those needed for primary teacher training.  Trainees will need a GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent, and will have to pass the same numeracy and literacy skills tests, there is no cost for the initial skills test, for more information go to;  http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional

Students will also be required to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care alongside EYITT training in order to develop their academic knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood. Please go to the PG Certificate webpage and complete an application form which needs to be sent in alongside the EYITT application form.

Skills Tests

All applicants applying to start an Early Years Initial Teacher Training course in September 2016 will be required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests before 1st May 2016. Late applicants must pass the skills tests before applying. These tests are carried out to ensure you have the expertise to meet your professional responsibilities. The numeracy and literacy tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their wider professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching.

NCTL will pay for the first tests undertaken in numeracy and literacy. If candidates do not achieve the pass mark at this first attempt and wish to retake the tests there is a charge for additional tests of £19.50 per test.

To register for a skills test visit the Department of Education. We advise that you practise the tests beforehand as these are timed tests. You can access practise tests here. Applicants must submit an application before taking the tests as evidence must be provided when attending the test centre.

The number of resits allowed will be limited to two per subject. Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy will not be able to take any more skills tests, in either subject, for 24 months from the date of the second resit.

Newman University offers revision session support courses for teacher training applicants in preparing for the national professional tests in literacy and numeracy. The sessions are delivered by expert tutors who will cover key areas of knowledge alongside test techniques. The tutors have experience of developing confidence through targeted revision and clear explanation of the tests.

We offer separate courses focusing on literacy and numeracy tests. The price for each course is £25, there is a 20% discount for those who pay to attend both courses - 2 courses is £40.

Saturday 12th December: Numeracy: 10:00am-12:00pm; Literacy: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Thursday 21st January 2016: Numeracy: 6:30pm-8:30pm; Literacy: 4:00pm–6:00pm

Saturday 27th February: Numeracy: 12:30pm-2:30pm; Literacy: 10:00am-12:00pm

Thursday 17th March: Numeracy: 4:00pm–6:00pm; Literacy: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday 16th April: Numeracy: 10:00am-12:00pm; Literacy: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Thursday 12th May: Numeracy: 6:30pm-8:30pm; Literacy: 4:00pm–6:00pm

Saturday 4th June: Numeracy: 12:30pm-2:30pm; Literacy: 10:00am-12:00pm

The charge for each course will be refunded in December 2016 if you enrol on a Newman teacher training course.
Current Newman undergraduates will not be charged. 
Current Students please call the School Office on 0121 476 1181 Ext 2271 before booking onto the course.

To book a place: http://tinyurl.com/skillstests
Please direct any queries to school-education@newman.ac.uk



Course fees were £7,000,  but a grant of £7,000 for course fees, was available to all graduates, from the NCTL.

Also for trainees with high academic achievement:
A bursary of £9,000 for graduates with a first-class degree
A bursary of £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1 degree

Confirmation of funding and places awaited from NCTL.


Course structure

EYITT (GEM) (full-time)

You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will encompass both face to face taught sessions and tutorials with a Newman Personal Tutor. The taught sessions   will focus on aspects of Child Development, Curriculum, Professional Practice and Early Years in Practice which will be linked to the Early Years Teacher Standards. In addition to this you will also undertake Masters Modules relating to Safeguarding, Effective Pedagogy and Leadership. Completing these modules will also enable you to exit with a Post Graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care and also gives the opportunity to progress to a full MA degree. Attendance will be over 2 days per week,(when you are not in placement) plus  twilight sessions  over the 12 months programme.

You will need to undertake 24 weeks of placement in early years settings to demonstrate your ability to work competently with babies, toddlers and young children and meet the Early Years teacher Standards across these age groups. In addition to this you will spend 2 weeks in KS1.



You will be assessed on aspects of work relating to child development, professional practice and curriculum which will be directly linked to the Early Years Teacher Standards. Assessments will also be undertaken relating to Safeguarding, Leadership and Effective Pedagogy.

You will  produce a portfolio of evidence which clearly demonstrates your ability to meet the Early Years Teacher Standards.

Course subject to validation.

Course code

Apply direct to Newman University - EYITT2016

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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