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Education & Early Years

Qualification: T Level
Level 3

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About this course

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This Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years is an exciting new Level 3 technical qualification, equivalent to three A Levels.

This qualification will ensure you have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical study in the education and childcare sector. It provides a mixture of both core and specialist knowledge over a two-year period.

As part of the T Level programme you will carry out an extensive practical industry placement in an early years’ setting. This industry placement is a key part of the T Level qualification. Industry Placements develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen sector. As part of achieving the overall T Level programme, any student undertaking the Early Years Educator occupational specialism is required to complete a minimum of 750 hours industry placement.

In the second year of this T Level you will choose one occupational specialism, either Education and Early Years or Assisting Teaching, where you will build on the core knowledge and develop specialist knowledge and practical experience required for your chosen career.


What will you learn?

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

 Occupational specialism:

  • Education and Early Years


  • Assisting Teaching

Our Early Years department has a base room with practical space for hands on learning along with two classrooms.

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Course assessed by:

  • 50% coursework/practical and 50% Exam


5 GCSEs grade 5 or above (including English and maths)
Level 2 in Early Years or Health & Social Care (with GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above)

You will be required to attend a college interview prior to enrolling onto this course.

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will also be required for this course.


Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/24 TBC 2 years Main Campus

 Where next?

  • Direct route into skilled employment
  • Higher apprenticeship
  • Foundation Degree
  • Degree at university