T Level - Education & Childcare (Early Years Educator)

Childcare within schools and nurseries. This T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare (Early Years Educator) provides learners with the knowledge, skills and experience to work effectively within early years environments including day nurseries and primary schools.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Learners will complete a minimum of 750 work placement hours in settings such as day nurseries, and Reception and Year 1 classes within a primary school. As this is a licence to practice qualification, on successful completion of the course, learners are fully qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioners who can progress straight into employment. The course is also equivalent to 3 A Levels, therefore learners can progress onto a range of university courses including Primary School Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

    Topics you will study include:

    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
    • Behaviour, parents, families and carers, & others
    • Child development
    • Observation and assessment
    • Equality and diversity
    • Special educational needs and disability


    Examples of practical skills you will develop:

    • Support & promote children’s play, development & early education
    • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
    • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress

    Course Highlights:

    Work placement experience, use of our hospital facilities and enrichment opportunities

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  • Entry Requirements

    5x GCSEs at Grade 4-9. Students must have English Language & Maths at a Grade 4. For Primary Education with QTS at university, learners must have a minimum of a grade 4 in Science. Typical T Level entry requirement for university courses = Merit.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Core component (Year 1)

    • paper A written examination 2 hours
    • paper B written examination 2 hours
    • employer-set project (ESP)


    Early Years Educator Subject Specialism (Year 2)

    • Assignment 1: 4 hour exam
    • Assignment 2: Industry placement observations
    • Assignment 3: Placement work and exam
  • Progression Pathway

    Typical progression routes into employment: Early Years Practitioner, Teaching Assistant, Nanny, Children’s Holiday Club Worker (home/abroad), Children’s Support Worker, Special Educational Needs Support Worker Typical progression routes onto university: Primary Education with QTS, Early Years Education with QTS, Childhood and Youth Studies, Education Studies, Educational Psychology.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) for 16-18 Students

    Students applying for this course undertake work placements with children and vulnerable people as part of their course. It is a requirement that all students complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas. Students who do have convictions may not be able to complete this course. You will need to provide 3 ID documents. These can include; Birth Certificate, Driving License, Passport, Bank statement or a letter.

    If this is a cause for concern please speak in confidence to a member of the Schools Liaison team, contact the Head of School or discuss this at one of the College Open Evenings.