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Education & Early Years T Level

Course code: CFAT100P

Subject area: Early Years

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:

Monday to Friday

Course date:

9th Sept 2024 - 26th Jun 2026

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

T-Levels are a qualification designed to give young people a new two-year, full-time study vocational programme equivalent to 3 A Levels. These new qualifications bring classroom learning and an extended industry placement together on a course designed with businesses and employers, helping prepare students to meet the needs of industry and work.
This is an exciting course that has a mixture of technical knowledge and work placement to give you the skills and experience you need to work with children. You will learn about child development, observing children, working with families and special educational needs and disabilities. In addition to this you will also learn about child psychology, laws and different job roles within the education sector. We are offering the specialist route of Early Education and Childcare (ages birth to 5).

This is a great opportunity for you to work alongside professionals, become part of the team and put theory into practice. It lets you find out if this is the career of your dreams. If your intended next steps are Higher Education then Oxford Brookes University are guaranteeing an interview for our T Level graduating students providing they meet the conditions outlined in their prospectus.

The course is made up of a core unit and the Early Years specialism. What you learn in the classroom you will be able to put into practice in placement.

If you want to become a Primary Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Nursery practitioner, then this is the course for YOU!

Course units
Core Elements

- 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.

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.

What next?
Completion of the T Level qualification will enable you to obtain a License to Practice in Early Years.

Progression to Higher Education programmes e.g. teaching, early childhood studies, education, nannying and social work degrees.

Employment: nurseries, primary schools, family homes and holiday rep.

Students with childcare work experience have often walked straight into jobs at nurseries they love or become teaching assistants in school. For those of you wanting to travel, students have also had experiences of Camp America, Ski A Season, Mark Warner or Disney Cruise ships!

Entry criteria
5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including English and Maths, and at least Grade 3 in Science OR a pass at Level 2 and Maths & English grade 4 or above.
Fee information
In addition to the main course fees given below there is an additional cost of £70 for kit/clothing, £30 for books and £90 for additional courses. (Cost are given for guidance only).

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

16-18 Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Books: £30.00

Kit / Clothing: £70.00

Materials: £45.00

Total Cost: £145.00

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Books: £30.00

Kit / Clothing: £70.00

Materials: £45.00

Total Cost: £145.00

Qualifications received
T Level in Education and Childcare
Learning & method assessment
The core unit will be assessed with 2 exams at the end of the first year and a ‘project’. The project will be a controlled assessment that is linked to work experience.

The specialism will be assessed by three assessments. This includes observation in placement that is carried out over the course. There will also be practical activities like planning activities for children and observing children in placement.