Early Years Education T Level

Syllabus:Technical Qualification Level 3 in Education and Childcare

About the subject

A 2 year technical course covering core educational themes from birth to nineteen years and specialist early years education and care content from birth to seven years.

You will learn how to promote the learning, development and care of children and young people within the age range 0- 19 years considering their health, safety, wellbeing and developmental needs.

What are the benefits of a combined academic and vocational course? 

The course has a very practical application, leading you towards a qualification which meets occupational competency standards for the early years sector. Upon completion of this course you will possess the vocational skills required to enter directly into employment in a range of early years settings, including day nurseries, pre-schools, classrooms, holiday play schemes, after-school clubs and private homes (sole charge nanny) with potential for future supervisory roles.

A strong route into Higher Education with UCAS points equivalent to 3 A Levels 

The academic skill set you gain during these 2 years will provide a strong basis for higher study in degrees such as primary teaching, early years education, special needs education and other related subjects.

Learning styles

Three days a week in college – you will participate in class discussions and practical workshops, undertake research and present your work in a variety of formats; developing a range of skills that will aid your study and career progression.

Two days a week in an Industry Placement – you will be provided with a range of real work environments undertaking training, with children aged birth to five years.

You will be assessed on your practical skills performance as well as your written application of knowledge and understanding.




Subject Combinations and Progression

T Level Education and Childcare is a three course choice.
GCSE Maths if needed.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Holistically delivered and assessed in 12 Core Elements:

*Child Development, *Supporting Education, *Safeguarding, *Behaviour, *Observation & Assessment, *Equality & Diversity, *SEN & Disability, *English as an Additional Language, *Parents, Families & Carers, *Working with Others, *Reflective Practice and *Wider Context.

You will also follow an Occupational Specialism route in Early Years education and childcare.


Includes both internally & externally marked work including: 2 externally marked exam; 1 externally marked case study; direct observation in placement and skills based tasks that are internally marked and externally assessed.

Minimum Subject Entry requirements

Average GCSEs of grade 4 or above & minimum grade 4 in English Language. Satisfactory references and a completed DBS certificate.

A commitment & practical ability to work with children & young people.

A willingness and ability to undertake practical training days in a range of early years settings in Horsham & the surrounding area, which may incur travel costs.