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Early Years

The T Level qualification is an exciting brand new two year full-time course which has been designed in partnership with businesses and employers. Its aim is to give you the knowledge and skills to support you move into a career in early years and childcare or schools. As a College we are committed to ensuring you are ahead of the jobs market when you leave us and we will provide the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people through a minimum 750 hours of industry placement. You will undertake a high quality structured and outcomes-focused industry placement which is an integral part of this T-Level programme. The industry placement will be aligned to your career aspirations identified in your career plan which will be 750 hours and could include up to two employers. High quality industry placements have clear role descriptions from employers in advance of the placement taking place which you will undertake an interview prior to starting your placement. Your placement will provide you with an opportunity to contribute to the organisation develop a breadth of new skills to provide you with a valuable opportunity to personally progress towards your career goals. During the theory and knowledge element of your course you will gain an understanding of all aspects of a role as an early years educator or assisting teaching depending on the specialism you choose. You will learn and develop your skills by using a range of exciting and innovative teaching and learning methods including projects presentations displays and innovative use of technology to bring your curriculum experience alive.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (grade C) including English Language and maths or equivalent. As this is a 2-year study programme you will need to be aged 16 to 18 to apply for this course. You will also need to complete a DBS check which we will organise for you. Currently T-level courses are only funded for learners who are under the age of 19 at the point of enrolment. However the government is currently reviewing the T-level pathway for mature learners which we hope will be available in the future. School applicants will be required to provide a good school report which must include attendance.

    Assessment Method

    You will be assessed in a range of ways including: - Written examination which is externally marked - Employer set project which is externally marked - Occupational Assessments - A range of assessments that blend the knowledge and skills outcomes into practical assignments. - Project work - Hands on experience - Group work - Child observation - Activity planners - Professional discussions

    Aims of the course

    T-Levels are a brand-new vocational qualification designed to give you all the skills you need for your future. They're a two-year qualification designed in collaboration with employers to bring classroom lessons and work experience together. On this T-Level you'll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a work placement to make sure you develop all the skills and experience that employers are looking for. This means that whatever your next step is a T-Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career an apprenticeship or a degree.

    Progression Opportunities

    You have a variety of options upon successful completion of the course. For example you could choose to study at university do a higher/degree apprenticeship or enter paid employment. You could progress into a range of careers including: - Primary Education (further study needed). - Paediatric Specialist Role - A Teaching role (further study needed) - Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant - Teaching Assistant - Nursery Worker - Playworker - Nursery Manager - Play Therapist


    Learning will take place in classrooms and specialist training workshops. You will also have the opportunity to complete a placement and employer set projects in a Young People's setting. Overall you will spend 80% of learning in the classroom and 20% in your placement.

    Career Options

    Upon successful completion you could choose to study at university or do an apprenticeship. You could also enter employment as the following: - Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Apprenticeship - Teaching Assistant - Nursery Worker - Playworker - Nursery Manager - Play Therapist

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Start Date 09/09/2024
End Date 26/06/2026
Course Code 3EYAD9T0


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16-18 Free
19-24 £ 0
24+ Please Enquire
International Please Enquire
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