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Early Years Education and Childcare (T Level)

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Early Years Education & Childcare T Level

This is an exciting new course that has a mixture of technical knowledge and work placement to give you the skills and experience you need to work with children. You will explore child development, childhood theories and learn how to support children’s development in early years and primary schools settings. The industry placement requirement for this specialism is a minimum of 750 hours, where you will be assessed in real work situations giving you a licence to practice in Early Years on completion of the course.

T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They are a progression opportunity after completing your GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. The 2-year qualification brings classroom and work placement together, on a course designed with employers and businesses, giving you a licence to practice in Early Years on completion of the course.

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Course information

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9-4 including English and Maths OR similar at Level 2 including English and Maths.

Other requirements


A satisfactory reference and a clear DBS check is required. It is a requirement of the industry that all those working and/or training in an Early Years Settings must undergo a Disclosure Barring Services Check (DBS) at the enhanced level. Please be aware that if the DBS check comes back, with anything being flagged that may be of some concern, your application could be withdrawn.

T Level courses are for 16-19 year olds who have completed their GCSEs.

Course content

In the first year, both pathways will have the same content for the Core Elements and Core Skills, as this is mandatory to any role working with Children and Young People. In the second year is where you will specialise in the chosen focus area/age range.

The Core units – Year One

  • Element 1: Wider Context
  • Element 2: Supporting Education
  • Element 3: Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • Element 4: Behaviour
  • Element 5: Parents, Families and Carers
  • Element 6: Working with Others
  • Element 7: Child Development
  • Element 8: Observation and Assessment
  • Element 9: Reflective Practice
  • Element 10: Equality and Diversity
  • Element 11: Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Element 12: English as an Additional Language

Core skills

  • CS1: Communicate information clearly to engage children and young people, for example, to stimulate discussion and to secure understanding
  • CS2: Work with others to plan and provide activities to meet children’s and young people’s needs
  • CS3: Use formative and summative assessment to track children’s and students’ progress to plan and shape educational opportunities
  • CS4: How to assess and manage risks to your own and others’ safety when planning activities

Early Years Educator PathwayYear Two

Year Two will enhance the learning from year one and use this to work towards the knowledge and skills within the performance outcomes listed below.

  • Performance outcome 1: Support and promote children’s play, development and early education Performance outcome 2: Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Performance outcome 3: Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Performance outcome 4: Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children Performance outcome 5: Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Education and Childcare T Level – NCFE/CACHE – L3 – T Level

Industry placement

Placement will take place two days a week over the two years of the qualification. All of the placements will be offered in nurseries, pre-schools, primary schools and/or children’s centres. Ideally you will remain in the same placement for the duration of the course so that you can build up professional relationships and enhance your skills further.

Additional qualification

Level 3 Award Paediatric First Aid

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of internal and external assessments, which include exams and assignment based projects. You will also be assessed whilst out in the workplace with observations carried out by both placement officers and employers. The T-Level programmes are Exam based Assessments at the end of each year, these exams will be a mixture of External Set Papers and Controlled Assessments.

Further study and career options

Course progression:
T Levels get you work ready, but you can continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree. Higher Education programmes include e.g. primary school teaching, early childhood studies degrees, paediatric nursing, leading to employment as Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals, Paediatric nursing, trainee health visitor, trainee social worker (Children) play therapist.

Career progression:

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.


Students who achieve this qualification could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism: Early years practitioner, Early years educator, Education technician, Primary/secondary Learning Support, learning mentor, Pastoral worker, student engagement officer.

Additional information

Learners should expect to be in college between 9am and 5pm on college days. Placement times can vary according to the setting. Holidays cannot be sanctioned during the college term. 100% attendance at college and placement is expected.

Uniform for Placement:

  • College Logo Polo Shirt
  • Textbook for the Qualification – this is a vital revision tool and we highly recommend every student purchases one.
Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: Fee notes: T Level courses are for 16-19 year olds who have completed their GCSEs
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: Fee notes: T Level courses are for 16-19 year olds who have completed their GCSEs
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: Fee notes: T Level courses are for 16-19 year olds who have completed their GCSEs

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T levels explained

T Levels are two-year courses in England that can be studied by 16-18 year olds after finishing their GCSEs.

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