T Level in Education and Childcare – an opportunity to put skills into action

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The T Level in Education and Childcare is among the first of these new qualifications to be launched and is open to applicants now. Find out what the course involves and whether it could be right for you.

Students benefit from a 45 day placement.
Students benefit from a 45 day placement.

About T Levels
T Levels are new courses that follow GCSEs, equivalent to three A Levels. They have been co-created by relevant employers in the industry to give you the knowledge and skills you need to get ahead in your chosen career.  

About the course
The core element of a T Level in Education and Childcare will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding in a broad range of topics such as child development, safeguarding and special educational needs, as well as learning about the role of families and support agencies. It’s a diverse and fascinating subject, and you’ll be able to delve into the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour. 

You’ll also build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner with an understanding of the broader context of education.

You’ll then be able to choose a specialism, which is designed to support your interests and ambitions to progress in a specific area. This is where you can get deeper into your chosen subject, developing and practising the skills needed for an occupation. You can choose from specialist modules in either Early Years Education, Assisting Teaching or supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education

With a T Level you’ll be able to put everything you learn into practice with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days.  This is your opportunity to work with an employer such as a school or nursery and get genuine experience of being in the workplace while you continue your studies.  It will give you an invaluable experience and allow you to develop the skills employers are looking for. 

Where could the course take me?
Following a T Level, you could choose to progress straight into a skilled profession or continue your studies with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Career options might include becoming a teaching assistant, nursery nurse or early years officer – speak to your careers adviser to find out more. 

What’s next?
To discover more about the T Level in Education and Childcare, visit an open day or log on here 

More course information can be found in the published Department for Education guide  and the Department for Education has published a list, where you can see how many providers have signed up to deliver the Education and Childcare course. 



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