When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes (course free to 16-18 year olds)
  • Course Code K24ESWA10A
  • Suitable For This course is free for 16-18s

What you will learn

The Level 3 technical qualification in Education and Early Years will provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training or study within the early years sector. T Levels are new, two-year (1800 hours), technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. This qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers, leading health and science sector bodies, and expert practitioners which has ensured these technical qualifications reflect the needs of the health and science sector and specialist occupations they serve – in turn supporting your preparation for work or further study in the sector. The T Level qualification in Early Years will include the following mandatory elements: 1. a ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills: ‘core content’. The core content for the Early Years T Level will cover the following areas - supporting education, safeguarding, behaviour, working with others, child development, equality and diversity, and observation/assessment. 2. specialist content covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’ 3. industry placement with an employer (420 hours) In addition to this, maths, English, and general digital skills will be integrated within the qualification in occupationally relevant contexts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to support young children in education
  • Understand safeguarding, health, safety and wellbeing
  • Understand child development
  • Understand the principles of observation and assessment
  • Understand the principles of reflective practice
  • Understand behaviour management in the early years
  • Understand the principles of equality and diversity
  • Understand the principles in working with families where English is an additional language

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years [NCFE]

Class format and activities

Classes will be held in person at our North Kensington Centre and will feature a range of activities to support your learning including presentations, discussions, group work, case studies and projects. The core knowledge and understanding are assessed through an externally set examination and core skills through a practical employer-set project. This will encompass approximately 50% of the qualification time and will be graded A*-E and U. The occupational specialism is assessed through synoptic assessment of performance outcomes. This will be graded as Distinction, Merit, Pass or ungraded. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You should hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 5 or above, including English and Maths,

What you need to know before you enrol

The course will run over 2 years and will run from the beginning of September to the end of June in each academic year. Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required to complete the course successfully. Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared for significant individual study outside of lessons.

What you need

You should arrive to your lessons prepared to learn with pens, pencils and a writing pad. You will require access to a laptop and reliable WiFi.

What you can do next

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress into employment into a range of occupations in the Early Yeras sector. The qualification can also be used to gain entry to a degree programme.