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Education & Childcare (Early Years) - T Level - September Start

Available for applications

More information about this Course

Useful Information
Mode of Study:  Three days per week in college 2 days in work placement
Level: L3
Duration: The qualification can usually be completed in 2 years
Awarding/validation body: NCFE CACHE

Course Overview

This is a  two year course which is equivalent to 3 A levels. Students will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% in an industry placement. (9 weeks minimum  which is approximately 750 hours)

During the course, students will learn how to work with children from 0-5 years, and gain knowledge of children up to seven years. You will achieve this by attending College 3 days per week and a school nursery/reception class or private day nursery 2 days per week. Our placement officer will help support you in finding your work placement. 

On successful completion of the course students will gain a license to practice, enabling you to work in early years setting or progress to a range of university courses

What you will study Core Components (First Year):
Understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 7
Child development
How to support children and young people's education
Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
Understanding and managing behaviour
Observing and assessing children and young people
Equality and diversity
Special educational needs and disability
English as an additional language
Working with parents, carers and wider families
Working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
Reflective practice and other forms of professional development
Occupational Specialisms (Second Year: Early Years)
Support and promote children’s play, development and early education

Occupational Specialisms (Second Year):
1. Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
2. Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
3. Plan, provide and review care, play and education opportunities to enable children to progress
4. Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
5. Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children's development

Course Highlights
Care conferences
Trips to nurseries and museums
Real life work experience

Career Opportunities & Further Study

• Early years educator
• Education technician
• Primary/secondary/tertiary teaching and support assistant 
• Learning mentor
• Nursery worker
• Playworker
• Student engagement officer
• A range of Higher Education courses, such as Nursing, Teaching or Social Work
• Higher Apprenticeships


The course is assessed by an externally set written exam, an employer set task and an externally assessed synoptic assessment that covers the occupational specialism.

Year 1
• Core assessment: Externally set test ( 2 papers graded A*-E)
• Employer set project ( Graded A*-E)
• Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours and evidence of technical skills and application of knowledge.

Year 2
• Synoptic assessments: to judge how well competence requirements have been achieved : Distinction, Merit or Pass
• Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours and evidence of technical skills and application of knowledge.

Entry Requirements
 Minimum 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English or Maths*. Related L2 vocational qual at Merit or above .
• Functional Skills English & Maths at L2 can be considered
• Evidence of commitment to learn. 
• DBS check to be done at enrolment.
• An interest in Child Care Education

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