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T Levels, Level 3

T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare

The core element of a T Level in Education and Childcare will boost your knowledge in a range of topics such as child development, safeguarding and special educational needs; as well as your understanding of the role of families and support agencies. You’ll also dive into the specifics of social interaction, behaviour and how language is acquired, as well as build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner.

You’ll then choose a specialism designed to support your interests, so you can get deeper into your chosen subject and build up the skills you need for your future job. You can choose from specialist modules in either Early Years Education, Assisting Teaching or Supporting and Mentoring Students in further and higher education.

Then you’ll be able to put everything you have learned into practice, with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days. Giving you an amazing opportunity to
work with an employer while you study, such as a school or nursery, and gain invaluable experience as well as key skills that employers are looking for.

T Levels Templates Course Leaflet Education Childcare

T Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need, giving you a head start towards your chosen career path. The qualification also provides you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.

The course consists of a core component and occupational specialism in Early Years Educator:

The core component includes:

  • 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

The Early Years Educator specialism includes:

  • 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

Following a T Level, you could progress straight into a skilled profession or continue your studies with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Many of our students progress onto the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Selby College or apply for university.

This technical qualification will support students in a range of progression routes, including employment and apprenticeships in the following careers:

  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Early Years Educator
  • Education Technician
  • Primary or Secondary Teaching and Support Assistant
  • Nursery Nurse

This course is aimed at those who wish to progress into the education and childcare sector. The course will equip young people with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to enter skilled employment. T Levels will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels.

5 x Grade 5’s, including English, Maths and Science.


  • 2 written examinations
  • Employer Set Project (ESP)
  • Synoptic assignments

Where can it lead?