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T-Level in Education and Childcare (Early Years Educator)

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is ide­al for you if you wish to pur­sue a career in the Child­care indus­try. The pur­pose of the T Lev­el (tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tion), is to ensure you have the knowl­edge and skills need­ed to progress into skilled employ­ment, high­er-lev­el tech­ni­cal train­ing or a uni­ver­si­ty pro­gramme with­in the edu­ca­tion sector.

This course offers you an attrac­tive alter­na­tive to A Lev­els and appren­tice­ships. An indus­try-based work place­ment is required to run along­side your course, this must be a min­i­mum of 750 hours and will fur­ther rein­force your new­ly learned skills and offer a true insight into the child­care industry.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above, includ­ing Eng­lish Lan­guage and maths, or a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Diploma.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

In the first year you will be expect­ed to com­plete two paper-based exams.

In the sec­ond year, you will com­plete an employ­er-based course­work assess­ment:
• Core com­po­nents will be assessed through a project set by employ­ers from with­in the indus­try and two exter­nal­ly-set tests.
• Occu­pa­tion­al spe­cialisms will be assessed through a defined project that is cre­at­ed in con­junc­tion with rel­e­vant employ­ers and sup­port­ed by spe­cial­ist tutors on programme.

Addi­tion­al Information

Your T‑Level will include an indus­try place­ment with an employ­er to devel­op the prac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal skills required for the occu­pa­tion.
We will sup­port you in find­ing rel­e­vant work place­ments but you must demon­strate will­ing­ness to trav­el to your work placements.

These will last a min­i­mum of 750 hours. Employ­ers can offer indus­try place­ments as a block, day release or a com­bi­na­tion of the two.

You will also require a cur­rent Dis­clo­sure and Bar­ring Ser­vice (DBS) enhanced dis­clo­sure cer­tifi­cate which the Col­lege will sup­port you to apply for.

Poten­tial Future Career

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course accrues UCAS points and a num­ber of major UK uni­ver­si­ties accept T Lev­els. Please see points achieved by grades below.

T Lev­el Dis­tinc­tion* = 168 UCAS Tar­iff Points = A*A*A* at A Lev­el
T Lev­el Dis­tinc­tion = 144 UCAS Tar­iff Points = AAA at A Lev­el
T Lev­el Mer­it = 120 UCAS Tar­iff Points = BBB at A Lev­el
T Lev­el Pass (C or above) = 96 UCAS Tar­iff Points = CCC at A Lev­el
T Lev­el Pass (D or E) = 72 UCAS Tar­iff Points = DDD at A Level

Due to the high-lev­el aca­d­e­m­ic nature of the T‑Level and the con­sid­er­able indus­try place­ment ele­ment totalling a min­i­mum of 750 hours, you will also have the nec­es­sary knowl­edge, skills, and behav­iours to suc­cess­ful­ly progress direct­ly in to spe­cial­ist area of edu­ca­tion or ear­ly years, or you can progress on to an Appren­tice­ship or high­er lev­el study. 

Course Con­tent

Study­ing the Child­care T Lev­el will enable you to devel­op core skills and knowl­edge such as work­ing with oth­ers, obser­va­tion and child development.

As part of this course you will study a vari­ety of top­ics includ­ing:
• Wider con­text of the sec­tor
• Sup­port­ing edu­ca­tion
• Safe­guard­ing and well­be­ing
• Health and safe­ty
• Behav­iour
• Obser­va­tion and assess­ment
• Equal­i­ty and diver­si­ty
• Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion­al Needs and dis­abil­i­ties
• Eng­lish as an addi­tion­al lan­guage
• Par­ents, fam­i­lies and car­ers
• Reflec­tive practice

You will study util­is­ing learn­ing resources and mate­ri­als such as:
• schemes of work
• tutor deliv­ery guides
• class­room activ­i­ties
• blend­ed learn­ing activ­i­ties (eLearn­ing)
• tutor deliv­ery guides
• home study tasks


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I’m now head­ing to Leeds Beck­ett Uni­ver­si­ty to study Pri­ma­ry Teach­ing as I’ve gained real expe­ri­ences through work place­ments and prac­ti­cal mod­ules to help me find the right career path.

Rhiannon Kersely



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