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University of Sussex: Early Years Education (with Early Years Teacher Status)

Institution University of Sussex View institution profile
Department Education
Telephone 01273 876787
Study type Taught


Do you want to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors? Achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in just one year with this Masters-level course.

Early Years learning primarily focuses on the following ideas:

  • what constitutes ‘quality’ in Early Years education?

  • equity, inclusion and justice for the pre-school child and the wider family

  • ideas of communication, imagination, language and literacy, and provision for the bi/trilingual child

  • understandings of early mathematical and scientific development

  • discourses of nurture, care and attachment.

On this MA, there are two routes available:

  • an employment-based route for people already working in an Early Years setting

  • a placement route for those not currently working in the sector.

As a student on the employment-based route, you’d normally work in an Early Years setting within about 90 minutes’ travelling distance from our campus. This is so you can attend teaching on campus as well as work within your placement setting. University staff also need to be able to support you on your placement.

As a student on the graduate route, we’d seek to place you within similar travelling distance of our campus. We welcome applicants currently not living within 90 minutes of campus. Please note that, if your application is successful, we would expect you to relocate so we can give you the appropriate level of support in your work and studies.

This course is currently funded by the UK Government. There is currently no fee to pay for UK students. There are also training bursaries if you’re on the employment based route. Find out more on the UK Government web pages.


The University of Sussex



We are a research-intensive campus university with an excellent international reputation, located within the vibrant seaside city of Brighton & Hove. We welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment.

We have been ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies for four consecutive years in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2020.


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