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Education (Early Years Education & Childcare) T Level

T Levels are two-year courses in England that can be studied by 16-18 year olds after finishing their GCSEs.

This is an exciting new course that has a mixture of technical knowledge and work placement to give you the skills and experience you need to work with children. You will explore child development, childhood theories and learn how to support children’s development in early years and primary schools settings. The industry placement requirement for this specialism is a minimum of 750 hours, where you will be assessed in real work situations giving you a licence to practice in Early Years on completion of the course.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language and Maths.

We will also consider those who have a previous level 2 qualification in childcare e.g. Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Educator as long as English and maths GCSEs grade 4-9 (or A*-C) has also been achieved.

Other requirements

A satisfactory reference and a clear DBS check is essential. It is a requirement of the industry that all those working and/or training in a Health & Social Care Setting must undergo a Disclosure Barring Services Check (DBS) at the enhanced level. Please be aware that if the DBS check comes back, with anything being flagged that may be of some concern, your application could be withdrawn.

Previous work experience with children will support your application.

Course content

The Core units
  • Element 1: Wider Context  
  • Element 2: Supporting Education  
  • Element 3: Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing 
  • Element 4: Behaviour  
  • Element 5: Parents, Families and Carers 
  • Element 6: Working with Others 
  • Element 7: Child Development 
  • Element 8: Observation and Assessment 
  • Element 9: Reflective Practice 
  • Element 10: Equality and Diversity 
  • Element 11: Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Element 12: English as an Additional Language

In addition, you will also learn... 

Core skills - Early Years Educator  

  • Performance outcome 1: Support and promote children’s play, development and early education 
  • Performance outcome 2: Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development 
  • Performance outcome 3: Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress  
  • Performance outcome 4: Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children  
  • Performance outcome 5: Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of internal and external assessments, which include exams and assignment based projects. You will also be assessed whilst out in the work place.


Education and Childcare T Level - NCFE/CACHE Level 3

Further study and career options

Course progression:

T Levels get you work ready, but you can continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree.  Higher Education programmes include e.g. primary school teaching, early childhood studies degrees, paediatric nursing, leading to employment as Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals, Paediatric nursing, trainee health visitor, trainee social worker (Children) play therapist. 

Career progression:

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.

Employment: nursery room leaders, nurseries deputy manager, primary schools classroom assistant and Nanny, children activity holiday rep.

Additional information

Placement will take place two days a week over the two years, with a two week block placement each year.

Placements will be offered in nurseries, schools, children’s centres, hospital placements.

Learners should expect to be in college between 9am and 5pm on college days. Placement times can vary according to the setting. Holidays cannot be sanctioned during the college term. 100% attendance at college and placement is expected.

You will wear a College branded polo shirt as uniform.

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Cauldwell Street BBK117

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