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T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years

The purpose of the T Level in Education and Early Years is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training.

Students will be equipped with the core knowledge and skills relevant to education and childcare; up-to-date occupational knowledge and skills; necessary English, mathematics and digital skills and threshold competence that meets employer expectations and is as close to full occupational competence as possible.

In the second year of the T Level learners can choose to specialise in the early years educator or assisting teaching pathway.

To support students in meeting this occupational competence they are required to complete a minimum of 750 hours industry placement across the 2-year programme.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 3

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 years

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The T Level consists of a core component and occupational specialism of early years educator. The core component consists of 2 written examinations and an employer set project. The occupational specialism in early years educator consists synoptic assignments.

Units include:

  • Wider Context
  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Parents, Families and Carers
  • Working with Others
  • Child Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Reflective Practice
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

The core component (year 1) consists of 2 written examinations and an employer set project.

The occupational specialism in both early years educator and assisting teaching pathways consists of synoptic assignments and structured observations in the placement setting.

Applicants will require a grade 4 in GCSE English and maths as well as a minimum of 3 other GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Grade 4+ in GCSE science is important for those who intend to go into teaching as universities are likely to have this as an entry criterion.

Employment or higher education.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


We do not currently have fee information available for this course. Please contact us for further information.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


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Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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