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Education & Childcare – Early Years Educator T Level

T Level Early Years Educator is a pioneering new two-year advanced qualification that offers students a mixture of classroom-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience. The course is designed in collaboration with employers, is the equivalent to three A Levels, and includes an exciting industry placement.

T Levels are designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary to work effectively in various early years settings. The course emphasises the importance of understanding child development, creating inclusive learning environments, and promoting positive outcomes for children.

As part of your classroom learning you will study subject relevant topics to give you the core knowledge and skills needed to work in the sector, as well as enhance your broader skills in English and Maths. Assessments take place through a mixture of external exams, industry assessments and coursework. Upon successful completion of the Level 3 Early Years Practitioner course, you will be qualified as a Level 3 Early Years Educator which can lead straight into employment within schools or nurseries or on to further study in Higher Education to pursue degrees in a range of Education based studies.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
2 Years
Level 3
Course Level

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-5 with Level 2 in a relevant subject area including English & maths GCSEs grades 9-5
  • Clear Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Interview

What you will study

  • Wider context
  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Parents, Families & Carers
  • Working with Others
  • Child Development
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Reflective Practice
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Special Educational Needs & Disability
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Information & Data
  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Higher levels of study in areas such as Child Development and Primary School Teaching
  • Apprenticeships


  • Early Years Educator
  • Education Technician
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Primary or Secondary Teaching and Support Assistant
  • Nursery Nurse
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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