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.
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, employer set project, synoptic assessment of practice in-work placement setting.
Future Career Opportunities
My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.
Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student
“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”
Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student
I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.