Childcare – T Level
T Level (Level 3)
This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet the needs of industry and preparing 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.
- Type of study
Availability & Details
You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics.
- 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 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.
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 two specialisms available in the Education T Level are:
- 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.
- Assisting teaching
This specialism develops the knowledge and skills to support class teachers to enhance children and young people’s education both individually and in groups. Focus is on the knowledge and skills to plan, provide and review educational opportunities, recognise, adapt and respond to individual needs – including those with special educational needs and disabilities – and safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Exam, industrial placement, work-based project, synoptic assessment.
I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.Laura Hagedorn, A Level student
My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.Thomas McCann, 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.Lauren Piper, A Level student