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Course introduction


T Level Education & Early Years will prepare you for an exciting career within the education sector. This course has been developed in collaboration with employers & industry. Combining academic learning and industry placement, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enter highly skilled employment, university, or an apprenticeship.


The course will provide you with excellent links with employers, universities and community organisations including private day nurseries, primary schools, and childminders, providing you with a valuable insight into the working world of early years education and childcare.

What will I study?

The Core Component provides a high-level foundation of knowledge and skills that are relevant to all Occupational Specialisms within this qualification. The Occupational Specialism Component covers the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required to achieve threshold competence in Early years education and childcare. English, mathematics, and digital skills are also embedded throughout the course. You will also study


  • 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

Specific course entry requirements

5 grade 4’s including English Language and Mathematics and a grade 4 in science (if pursuing a career in primary teaching).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through:

  • 2 written examinations (Paper A and Paper B)
  • an employer-set project (ESP) – a supervised project
  • 750 hours work placement (over the course of two years)

Where will this course lead me?

On successful completion of the course you will be able to enter either

  • Employment
  • Higher education
  • Apprenticeship

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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