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Welcome to the next level. Introducing the T Level in Education and Childcare the new 2-year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the career you want.

Designed with leading employers you’ll develop the core knowledge and skills needed for entry to a range of education and childcare occupations. All backed up with 750 hours working with an employer on an Industry Placement – you’ll gain the first-hand experience of working with young people.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels with this qualification will have you set for employment, university or a higher-level apprenticeship.

  • Entry Criteria

    You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English Language and maths. You’ll need to undertake a DBS check prior to the start of your course.

  • What will I study?
    Core Content

    Within the core content of this course you will develop a general understanding of childcare and education industry, including:

    • Understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19
    • How to support children and young people’s education
    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
    • Understanding and managing behaviour
    • Working with parents, carers and wider families
    • Working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
    • Child development
    • Observing and assessing children and young people
    • Reflective practice and other forms of professional development
    • Equality and diversity
    • Special educational needs and disability
    • English as an additional language
    Occupational Specialism Content

    In addition to the core content, you will also undertake the occupational specialism content for Early Years Educator, including:

    • 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
    Industry Placement

    You will also undertake 750 hours working with an employer on an Industry Placement. You’ll divide your time learning in our industry-standard facilities, and gaining valuable experience on an industry placement.

  • Future Prospects

    This qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Childcare and Education industry. Upon completion you will be prepared to progress into the industry through employment or as an Apprentice in roles such as:

    You can also use this T Level to progress to university to become a qualified Early Years Educator.

  • What is a T Level?

    T Levels are a 2-year qualification that is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Study a T Level and you will undertake an Industry Placement, with a minimum of 315 hours, on a course that is 80% classroom and 20% work. On the T Level Education and Early Years: Early Years Educator, you will undertake a 750 hour Industry Placement.

    You’ll enrol on a Level 3 study programme, taking part in exams and externally marked assessments. T Levels are graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction and you will be awarded UCAS points upon completion, the maximum you can achieve is the equivalent of 3 A* at A Level.

    Studying a T Level will allow you to meet the needs of the industry and prepare you for entry into skilled employment, higher level apprenticeships or Higher Education at university.

  • How is a T Level structured?

    T Levels are technical qualifications involving an industry placement. You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% in the workplace.

    You are required to have achieved GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2 to complete a T Level.

    Additional occupation-specific mandatory requirements are included within your T Level. You are required to enter into employment or commence placement as part of your T Level giving you real working experience.

  • Why choose a T Level?
    Backed by Business

    T Levels have been designed with over 250 leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need.

    Get Ahead in Your Career

    T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.

    Awarded UCAS points

    Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction is worth the same as 3 A levels at A

    Learn Your Way

    T Levels offer you practical and knowledge-based learning at college and on-the-job experience with an industry placement of at least 750 hours.

T Levels are new qualifications designed with employers, that combine classroom learning with a substantial industry placement, giving young people the knowledge and skills businesses really need.


T Level Arrow Graphic Red BackgroundBACKED BY BUSINESS

T Levels have been designed with over 250 leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills employers need. T Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like.

T Level Arrow Graphic Red BackgroundEQUIVALENT TO 3 A LEVELS

T Levels are the new alternative to BTECs, A levels, and apprenticeships. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on building the skills you need to step up into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

T Level Arrow Graphic Red BackgroundINDUSTRY PLACEMENT

Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts a minimum of 45 days. You spend 80% of your time at college and 20% in a meaningful industry placement.