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T-Level in Education and Childcare

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Course Description

Do you want to educate young children and help prepare them for the opportunities ahead? Are you interested in becoming a primary school teacher or working in nurseries?

This is the new generation of Gold Standard qualifications as a technical alternative to A Levels. We offer the T Level in Education and Childcare with the specific occupational specialism in Early Years Educator. This is an exciting two-year course that has been designed with key employers in the sector to provide you with the knowledge and skills and behaviours needed to work within the Education and Childcare sectory.

You will develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and behaviours of the education sector from ages 0-19 and then in the second year, specialise in the age range 0-7 (Early Years Educator).

In addition, this course features a 45-day (315 hour) work placement and promises to be invaluable for anyone looking to get real-world industry experience.

*This course is taught at our Rochdale campus, located in Rochdale Town Centre. Greater Manchester.


Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare - Year 1

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above including Maths and English, however English must be at grade 5 or above.


Topics on this course include:

  • 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

In addition to the core content, you will study a specialism in Early Years Education and Childcare.

Your core work will give you essential knowledge and skills relevant to any education-related occupation, including:

  • Education context
  • Child development
  • Supporting education
  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviours
  • Parents and families
  • Working with others
  • Reflective practice

Work Experience

An industry placement will ensure you have the chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge you are studying in the classroom.

Employers of all sizes will placements for 750 hours alongside your class learning over the two years where you will complete an employer set project.


You can progress into roles such as:

  • Nursery Worker
  • Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Mentor

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

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