Professional Practice 1 (EYTS) (16100X)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

On this module, you develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism, in a setting and classroom context.

This is a current Statutory Requirement for Early Years Teacher Status (Department for Education, 2014). You will be working towards the Standards for Early Years Teacher Status in your Professional Practice.

The module will include:

  • an induction week programme, providing an introduction to setting policies and procedures
  • opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase
  • between four and 10 hours' dedicated mentor time over the placement, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • a phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across Year 0-5 and KS1 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties)
  • four to 10 formal observations over the placement by an approved mentor with written and oral feedback
  • one or two observations by the University curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback
  • access to school resources, including ICT
  • opportunities to take part in wider setting life, for example trips, parents evenings
  • time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.


100%: Seminar

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 144 hours of contact time and about 156 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.