About the course
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.
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.
- 5 GCSE passes (grade 4 or above), including English, maths and science
- A pass in a relevant level 2 qualification
- Have an interview with a member of the course team
- Have a clear DBS check
The course will give you a Level 3 T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare with a licence to practice.
Equivalent to 3 A Levels the course awards UCAS points, the maximum available for distinction* candidates is 420 points.
What you'll learn (core modules)
The level 3 technical qualification in Education and Childcare has 2 components:
Core knowledge and understanding covers the core knowledge, understanding and skills relevant Education and Childcare, including:
- Child Development
- Equality and Diversity
- Parents, families and carers
- Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
Occupational specialism covers the knowledge, understanding skills and behaviours that is required to achieve competency. This will focus on early years education and childcare:
- Support and promote children's play, development and early education
- Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
- Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
- Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
- Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children's development
How will I be assessed?
The assessment consists of:
- Paper A written examination
- Paper B written examination
- Employer Set Project assessment (versions specific to each occupational specialism)
Occupational specialism component:
- Synoptic assignments (specific to each occupational specialism)
Where will the course take me?
UCAS tariff points in line with 3 A Levels to support progression on to Higher Education courses for roles including Early Years practitioner (Level 5), Learning and Skills teacher (Level 5), Teacher (Level 6), or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Level 7).
Other employment opportunities include Nursery Worker, Playworker, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Students will need to purchase two placement T-shirts, available from the college shop at a cost of around £13 each.
Furthermore, students will need to have their own college stationery for classes - paper, pens, a folder etc.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
If you would like to apply for this course, use the red 'apply' button below. To complete the application process you will need to register, or login if you already have a user account.
Once you have applied, you will have the opportunity to discuss the T Level course at the interview stage.
Days & times
Starting September 2022