Education & Childcare

T Level (Level 3)

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Availability & Details

Education and Childcare, T-Level AF-CCLDTL-D(0000)000

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Dates
Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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Overview

This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry and prepare you for the world of work or to progress into Higher Education. Employers involved in designing this T Level include Action for Children and representatives from schools and colleges.

Grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE, Grade 4 or above in Mathematics GCSE and Three additional GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
or
Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 First Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development at Merit or above or CACHE Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioner.

Core Units

  • Education context: an overview of childcare and education 0-19; working in the sector, roles and responsibilities plus career opportunities
  • Child development: expected patterns of development from 0-19 including language, social interaction, wellbeing, transitions and significant events
  • Supporting education: different key stages, skills and characteristics that support education, pedagogical approaches, the role of metacognition, using technology and factors affecting the development of literacy and mathematics
  • Safeguarding, health and wellbeing: statutory guidance, legal requirements, children at risk and in need, signs of danger or abuse and impacts
  • Behaviour: the stages of development and factors that impact behaviour and therefore the implications for managing behaviour
  • Observation and assessment: purposes and importance of assessment
  • Equality and diversity: legislation, regulation and codes of practice
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND): principles of inclusion, relevant laws, codes of practice and professionals/organisations
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL): stages of acquiring language and factors affecting it, strategies to support those learning EAL
  • Parents, families and carers: working effectively with these people
  • Working with others: agencies and services that support children, families and carers, developing professional boundaries and relationships
  • Reflective practice: current priorities and debates in education, continuing professional development, development feedback and strategies.

Specialist Units

Students will complete at least one module of occupation-specific content depending on the capacity of the local learning provider. This part of the T Level ensures students develop the knowledge and skills for specific occupations.

The specialism available in the Education & Childcare T Level is:

  • Early years education and childcare
    This specialism focuses on developing positive relationships with young children, supporting and promoting play, development and early education, safeguarding and promoting health, safety and wellbeing to enable children to progress. Establishing professional relationships and working in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals involved in supporting children’s development.

Exam, industrial placement, work-based project, synoptic assessment.


I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

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