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Education and Childcare

During the two-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that underpin many jobs in early years education, childcare and teaching.


Level 3 qualification

26 weeks classroom study (over two years)

9 weeks minimum working with an employer
(21 weeks if you take the Early Years Educator specialism)

What you'll need before you start

Individual colleges and schools will have their own entry requirements. However, for most courses, we expect students will need either:

  • 5 GCSE passes (grade 4 or above), including English, maths and science
  • a pass in a relevant level 2 qualification

For more information, check with the relevant school or college.

What you can do with this T Level

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching. Students can progress into roles such as:

Students can also use this T Level to do a related higher-level apprenticeship or degree course.

What you’ll learn on this course

All students will develop an understanding of:

  • understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19
  • 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

In addition to the core content, each student has the option to study one of the following specialisms:

  • early years education and childcare
  • assisting teaching
  • (from September 2021) supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education

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