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T Level in Education and Childcare - Level 3

T Level in Education and Childcare - Level 3


T Levels are a new type of qualification that is equivalent to studying three A levels. Taking 2-years to complete it will give you a boost towards the career you want and provides an exciting opportunity to benefit from a minimum 750 hours work placement within the early years sector.

As a T Level qualification, this course consists of two components; core and occupational specialism where you will learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work within early years, care and education. You will also take part in a substantial industry work placement and undertake a practical employer led the project. 

During the course, you will learn through classroom based activities, as well as taking part in trips, visits, industry talks, and taster events. Teaching provides opportunities to develop core skills through a range of active and academic learning methods.

The early years occupational specialism focuses on developing the skills that prepare you for professional practice and progression into a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching with young children.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20232896C1653FREEApply

What will I study?

Core Content:

  • Wider context
  • Supporting education
  • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Parents, families and carers
  • Working with others
  • Child development
  • Observation and assessment
  • Reflective practice
  • Equality and diversity
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • English as an additional language

Occupational Speecialism - Early Years Educator:

  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their developmentPlan, 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



Entry requirements

           This course is only available to 16-18 year olds

  • Grade 4 in English language and maths, plus three other GCSEs at grade 4.
  • You will also need to have a successful DBS check.

How will I be assessed?

  • Core Component – written examination
  • Occupational Specialism - Employer-set project with practical and written assignments, plus observation within a work placement

What can I progress onto?

  • Sector employment with an Early Years Educator license to practice
  • Employment as an early years/primary teaching assistant
  • University courses, including teacher training for early years or primary education 
  • A higher apprenticeship


How do I apply?

Apply online

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