T Level | Childcare | Early Years Educator | Level 3

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Course Code: FE1179-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), T Level Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Plus two references (one academic, one from working with children) and an enhanced DBS. Assessment: The taught and assessment components of T levels are made up of two elements: Core and Specialist Skills. The Core elements are assessed via an Employer set project and a two part exam. The Specialist Skills are assessed through a selection of projects, assignments and observations. Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

Childcare nutrition

This is an exciting new course that combines a mixture of technical knowledge and works placement to give you the skills and experience you need to work with children. You will learn about child development, observing children, and 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.

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

There are two routes:

  • Early Education and Childcare (ages birth to 5)
  • Assisting Teaching (Primary and Secondary)                                                   

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. 

The course is made up of a core unit and a specialism (either Early Years or Assisting Teaching). In the first year everyone does the same, before choosing your pathway. What you learn in the classroom you will be able to put into practice in placement, in both nurseries and schools.

Love working with children? Love play? You get to spend 40% of your course working with children (schools or nurseries).


Start dates

September 2023 Apply

Progression and careers

Progression routes

T Levels are designed to ensure that when the course is completed, you are best placed to progress onto further opportunities, for example gaining employment directly from the Industry placement or other skilled employment. Alternatively, you can continue with training through higher-level apprenticeships or Higher Education (university).

Future careers

  • Nursery worker (early years educator) 
  • Childcare / nanny 
  • Teaching assistant or primary school teacher 
  • Travelling working on cruise ships, ski seasons, creche facilities within hotels.
Progression and careers

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

More funding options

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk | 01273 667704

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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