T-Level in Education and Childcare

As part of the first wave of T-Levels released, our T-Level in Education and Childcare has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure you are prepared for the world of work.

The two-year programme meets industry needs, and is the equivalent to three A-Levels. The programme is delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience, and you will be supported by significant employer interaction, to encourage you to embrace the experiences of working in this caring and nurturing sector.

+Entry requirements

You will hold five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including maths and English, and a clear DBS.

+Interview instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college. Please bring relevant qualifications and references from relevant work experience.


This programme is aimed at those interested in developing extensive knowledge, skills and behaviours appropriate for the Childcare sector.


You will study the following modules:

Year 1:

  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Well-being
  • Behaviour
  • Parents, Families and Carers
  • Working with Others
  • Child Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Reflective Practice
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • English as an Additional Language


Year 2:

Early Years pathway:

  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education.
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development.
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress.
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and well-being of children.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development.


Supporting Teaching pathway:

  • Support the class teacher to enhance children’s education, individually and in groups.
  • Plan, provide and review educational opportunities in collaboration with teachers and other adults.
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and well-being of children and young people.
  • Recognise, adapt and respond to individual children’s needs, including those with SEND, to support development and access to the curriculum.
+Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be a variety of classroom based and workplace learning, to provide you with new ways of teaching.

Assessment is undertaken through workplace observations, an employer-based project and an end point open book exam.

You will be in college three days per week and once you have obtained a clear DBS you will also attend an industry placement two days per week.

+Work placement

You will undertake a minimum of 315 hours of work placement in industry.

If you choose to do the Early Years pathway, you will complete at least 750 hours across the two-year programme.

+Industry links

This programme has been written in conjunction with employers so is specific to this sector. There will be master classes from employers and there will also be extensive input whilst on placement in a relevant setting.