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What is the Education and Early Years T-Level Course?

You will complete a Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare with an occupational specialism focusing on Early Years in year two. This aims to develop your knowledge in building relationships with children and young people to support and promote their learning and development.

Included alongside the technical qualification is the completion of an industrial placement each week, working with children in nursery and/or school in year one, and nursery including babies in year two. The industry placement enables students to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to work successfully in this industry and be work-ready at the end of the course. 

On successful completion of the T Level, you will be awarded a license to practice as an Early Years Practitioner, alongside the achievement of a T-Level.

What Will You Study?

In year one you will study 12 elements of core knowledge inclusive of:

  • The wider education context
  • Child development
  • Supporting education
  • Safeguarding health and well-being
  • 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

This is supported by a package of employability and enrichment opportunities to strengthen the core knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during your studies.

In year two you will focus on the completion of an occupational specialism within Early Years Education and Childcare. This aims to develop the knowledge and skills that are required to enter into the workplace as a competent practitioner or for further study. It aims to deepen the core knowledge developed in year one in application to practice within the early year’s sector.

What next after T levels in Education and Early Years?

There are three main progression routes following the completion of T Levels. Following the completion of the T Level in Education and Early Years, you may go on to:

Skilled employment within the education and early years sector inclusive of roles as a teaching assistant, early years practitioner in a nursery or pre-school or within education roles such as a learning mentor.

Higher Level apprenticeships at Level 4 and above which may progress you into careers such as an assessor in education.

Higher Education as UCAS points have been awarded to T-Levels, progression routes onto Higher Educational pathways include education and early years relevant Foundation Degrees and Degrees such as teaching, youth work and early years studies.

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Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE including at least a 4 in English Language and Maths.
NOTE: Completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service Application (DBS) is compulsory as gaining work experience with a range of vulnerable client groups is an essential requirement of this course.


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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery

“The student has fitted in superbly in our setting.  As an ex-pupil, it is always a pleasure to see how they have matured when returning in a capacity such as this.  By the end of a couple of weeks, we forgot she had ever been a pupil or indeed was only on work experience.  Her maturity, common sense and work ethic are a credit to her and I know that if we had a vacancy when she was looking to apply for work, she would be an extremely strong candidate.

We have been very happy with the support that has been offered with the placements of students at our setting.  We know if there had been any issues, that we would be able to contact the team and resolve it quickly.  The students we have had on placement have been committed and dedicated to their learning – a credit to the college.”


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St Aidan’s CE Primary School

“Our student has been great. All very well organised. It was really good having the student throughout the whole year so we could see the student progress and they could see the children progress throughout the year. The children built up a good relationship with the student and liked the routine of knowing she would be in on a Thursday each week.”

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Euxton CE Primary School

“Student came to school prepared and was very supportive in class to children and adults. The student knew what objectives to achieve during placement. The students and tutors worked positively alongside school.”


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