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
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.
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 assignment 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.
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 aslo 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.
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
Grade 4 in English and Maths.
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.
By the end of the course you will have experience of working in a number of different setting and with a variety of age groups (3 months to 7 years).
It takes 2 years of full-time study to gain the full T Level.
Yes, you and your tutor will arrange suitable placements in various settings.
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.