Education & Childcare

**NEW for September 2023**

T-levels are designed to give learners knowledge, skills, and behaviours to enter employment or a higher level of education.  This qualification is suitable for post-16 learners with an aim to develop knowledge and practical skills in the education and childcare sector.  You will gain a nationally recognised certificate showing your overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

Once you are on programme, you will choose a specialism in one of the following:

  • Early Years Educator
  • Assisting Teaching

A T-Level is equivalent to 3 A Levels, with 80% classroom and 20% industry placement.

Qualification structure:

Within the theory and knowledge element of the course you will gain an understanding of the role of an early year’s educator and will study a range of topics including;

  • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • Working with others
  • Child development
  • Observation and assessment
  • Reflective practice
  • Equality and diversity
  • Special educational needs and disability

You will learn and develop your skills by using a range of teaching and learning methods including projects, presentations, group discussions and observations.

Industry placement:

For your industry placement you will undertake 750 hours within the workplace which will take place over two days per week.  You will work in either a school or early years setting.  You will also have the opportunity to work within our playgroup ‘Little Learners’, where you will be encouraged to plan activities, support the children, and interact with the parents and carers.


You will be assessed in a range of ways, including:

  • Written examination which is externally marked
  • Employer set project which is externally marked
  • Occupational Assessments
  • A range of assessments that blend the knowledge and skills outcomes into practical assignments
  • Project work
  • Group work
  • Child observation
  • Activity planners
  • Professional discussions

Progression and career opportunities:

When students complete a T Level study programme, they will be able to choose between moving onto:

  • A skilled occupation
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeships
  • Higher education

Entry requirements:

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including maths and GSCE grade 5 in English, or a Level 2 qualification graded C/Merit or above including maths and GSCE grade 5 in English.  You will also need to complete a DBS check prior to beginning your industry placement, which the college will organise for you.


We will provide support throughout your time with us, our specialist teams can help with:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Physical and sensory disabilities
  • Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers or other specific learning difficulties
  • Mental health and well being
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Money, finance, and bursary advice
  • Careers advice, job, and university applications

Further information on T-Levels can be found here.

We also offer a Level 2 qualification in Education & Childcare, from which you can progress to the T-Level.

Part Time courses Available:

  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Part Time courses will be delivered in a workshop format, for dates, times and costing of Part Time courses, please refer to our Part Time Guide

Also available Apprenticeships:

  • Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce at Intermediate and Advanced Level
  • Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools at Intermediate and Advanced Level

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