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Level 3

  This course is suitable for those seeking to work professionally in the Early Years sector, providing a valuable foundation for progression onto university degree courses or employment. This course is an excellent choice for students interested in Early Years careers - primary school teaching, pre-school nursery teacher, nanny, au pair and so on.  The course is equivalent to 3 A levels.


One of the huge benefits of studying a childcare course at college is the professional qualifications of all the teaching staff. The course is delivered by Early Years managers, primary teachers, nursery nurses,  health visitors and other teachers who are professionally qualified in their field e.g. social work or additional needs specialist teachers. Students gain an excellent understanding of the professional values of the sector because all of our tutors have worked within the childcare industry.

 A compulsory part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete in the region of 400 hours per year to pass the course. Work placement is organised by the work placement team. It is a full time course. You attend college three days per week and the other two days are out in placement. You will get the opportunity to work in a variety of child care settings.

An Advanced Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce ( Early Years Educator) (QCF) is a work placed qualification. Learners will complete the qualification within their own workplace, enabling them to develop their necessary skills and expertise to work with Children from birth to 5 years. The qualification structure is scoped around the following four themes:


> Theme 1: Health and well-being

> Theme 2: Legislation, framework and professional practice

> Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

>Theme 4: Professional development.

The teaching for the qualification will be online, you will receive two 3-hour sessions once per month with an allocated programme tutor who will support you through your qualification. 


You will need to be able to embed your knowledge into a real-life working environment to gain the knowledge and skills to work within the childcare sector. You will need to be able to complete 16 hours per week voluntary or paid in a childcare setting. 

The Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course is available to learners 19+ who are working or volunteering within a school or college, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant.

It is suitable for support workers seeking to apply for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status. 

The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities involved when supporting teaching and learning in schools, and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and in a self-directed way.

It prepares learners to support the teacher and to help with the delivery of the curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning.

This course will enable you to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

T-Levels are qualifications which will follow GCSEs and Technical Awards and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. Each qualification lasts two years and is equivalent to three A-Levels. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.

The Course
Our T Level in Education and Childcare allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics such as, child development, safeguarding and special educational needs all of which are essential elements to master for a successful career in the field. Alongside this, you will also learn about the role of the family and various support agencies. Education and Childcare is a diverse and fascinating subject - you'll be able to delve into the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour. You'll also build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner with an understanding of the broader context of education. You'll then be able to choose a specialism that is designed to support your interests and ambitions and enable you to progress in a specific area. This is where you can get deeper into your chosen subject, developing and practising the skills needed for your chosen career, higher apprenticeship, or degree.
As part of this T Level programme, you need to complete an industry work placement in an Early Years setting where you will gain hands on experience in working within the sector, allowing you to put theory into practice and apply the knowledge that has been gained.


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