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

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (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 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.

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

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.


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My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

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