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T Level

Course Overview

As the Covid pandemic has clearly demonstrated to us all, the education sector is more important than ever before.

This T-Level in Early Years Education and Childcare is designed to provide you with the skills, experience and knowledge required to progress into this sector or onto high education.

Are you looking for a Level 3 Early Years Education and Childcare course that includes an in-depth industry placement in the education sector? A course that focuses more on vocational skills than A Levels, that will help you into skilled employment in education, higher study or apprenticeships? Yes? Then the T level in Education and Childcare is the course for you. This T level is a 2-year Level 3 course, equivalent to 3 A Levels but with a more vocational focus in early years education. In addition to classroom-based lessons, the course includes a minimum of 750 hours working with an employer on a relevant industry placement.

Course Topics

Core Component elements are as follows:

  • Wider Context
  • Child Development
  • Supporting Education
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing
  • Reflective Practice
  • Behaviour
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Parents, Families and Carers
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Working with Others
  • English as an Additional Language

Occupational Specialism Content: Early Years Educator

  • 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

Course Features

  • A T Level is a nationally recognised qualification that is worth the same number of UCAS points as 3 A levels.
  • This T Level focuses far more on Early Years Teaching skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.
  • This T Level includes an in-depth industry placement in the early years education sector where students get valuable experience in the workplace, and employers get early sight of new talent.
  • T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.


Progression Routes

This qualification will primarily prepare students to move into a skilled job but can also lead to further technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships or a degree course.


  • Technical Qualification: 80% (100% External Assessment)
  • Industry Placement: 20%

Awarding Body: NCFE

The core knowledge and understanding are assessed through two externally marked exams, and the core skills through a compulsory practical employer-set project (750 hours minimum). The combined results from the exam papers and compulsory employer-set project determine the overall core component grade (A*- to E and U, in line with A-levels). In order to achieve a grade for the core component, students must have results for the core examinations and the employer-set project. Students are assessed on the occupational specialist content synoptically, through practical assignments graded on a three-point scale (including U): Distinction, Merit, and Pass.

High Quality Teaching in State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our T Level Education & Childcare students will be taught in our Centre for Medical and Healthcare Science. Equipped with the latest technology, including simulation rooms and resources, students will have access to the tools they need to excel in their studies.

Where Courses Become Careers

University courses in Early Years Education and Childcare such as PGCE Primary Education with QTS. In addition, you may consider undertaking a Teaching or Childcare Apprenticeship.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Students taking a T Level in Education and Childcare will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress to highly skilled employment, higher level study or an apprenticeship. The Stoke 6th Graduate Attributes will be developed and enhanced during this course: resilience, independent learning, communication, problem solving skills and a lifelong love of learning will all be encouraged throughout the T Level in Eductaion and Childcare.

industry placement

An industry placement is a mandatory part of the T Level course and full certification of the T Level will not be possible without completing the industry placement. The industry placement is substantially longer than the traditional work experience on BTEC/CTEC and so should be significantly beneficial to you and the employer. You will gain substantial technical training as required through your industry placement.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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