Childcare & Education

This T-level is the new gold standard qualiļ¬cation and is ideal for those who want to work in a childcare setting such as a nursery, early-years centre, playgroup or creche. Alternately students also may want to work in Primary Education and this qualification would allow them to progress to university. This two-year, full time course consists of three days in the classroom and two days on mandatory work placement. This means you will gain the knowledge and skills required to become a successful childcare practitioner, putting class theory into practice in an interesting and supportive environment. Throughout the course you will gain essential knowledge about how children grow and develop, the provision of care, education systems and how best to work with parents and professionals alike.

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What will I study?

The course consists of time studying the core knowledge based aspects  in college and, as practical work placements are an integral part of the course, you will spend time in child care and educational settings.

The course is delivered over 2 years including both core and occupational specific content.

You will learn about children’s growth and development, how to care for and educate children, about working with their parents and other professionals.

The taught content will cover topics such as

  • Child development
  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Parents, Families and Carers
  • Working with Others
  • Reflective Practice
  • EYFS and National Curriculum

How will I learn?

During the course you will learn in a variety of ways. Some sessions will involve content delivered by the unit teacher. During lessons you will experience a variety of group and individual work making links between the ideas and concepts you have learnt about. In many lessons discussions and presentations are used to encourage you to make links between the taught content and your own personal experiences at school and on your placement. In some units you will have the oppotunity to use your creativity by planning activities for children and designing environments to encouage the development of numeracy and literacy skills.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of the core knowledge will be through two written examinations which include a variety of types of question and a project which will be undertaken in controlled conditions. This project will require students to plan, discuss and reflect on how to meet the needs discussed in a scenario e.g. planning an activity for developing a particular area of learning. researching to create materials to be used in the assessment.

The occupational specialism content will be assessed through three 'assignments'.

1. The first assigmnent is linked to planning activities for particular groups of children completed in supervised conditions

2. The second involves students being assessed during their placement on their skills achievement of the Early Years Education criteria and will involve observations and perhaps some professional discussions.

3. The third assignment requires students to complete observations of children within their placement and then to use and reflect on this knowledge to complete a number of qustions completed in invigilated conditions.

Are there any trips on this course?

You will be involved in a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park to plan activities linked to developing literacy and numeracy skills. This will also allow us to discuss the benefits and issues surounding taking children out on trips including issues such as risk assessment and safeguarding.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up for trips to various universities. Recently we took some students to Worcester University to talk about the opportunities there to study Primary Education.

Are there any extra costs?

Whilst basic materials, exam and admin fees are covered by the college there are some costs which you will need to cover.

- A DBS check is necessary

- Costs for trips / activities

- Additional costs will also be required to pay for any extra qualifications such as Paedatric First Aid and Food Safety qualifications


Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 4 in English and Maths.

What enrichment activities are offered?

You will be offered the opportunity to gain additional qualifications related to Paedatric First Aid and Food Handing (additional cost) which will look fantastic on applications for jobs / university. You will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers (e.g. health visitor) related to careers in the sector.

What work experience opportunities are there?

By the end of the course you will have experience of working in a number of different settings and with a variety of age groups (3 months to 7 years).

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How long does the course take to complete?

It takes 2 years of full-time study to gain the full T Level.

Do I need a work placement?

Yes, you and your tutor will arrange suitable placements in various settings.

What qualifications are needed for Primary Education?

GCSE Maths, English and Science at Grade 4

Typical offers for university are likely to be a minimum of a merit grade for the whole qualification.