T Level in Early Years, Education and Childcare (Level 3)

For careers as an early years practitioner and in education

T Level in Early Years, Education and Childcare (Level 3)

For careers as an early years practitioner and in education

Course Code: TLCHC Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 09/09/2024    

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About the course

Farnborough College of Technology is blazing a trail for ambitious students through this prestigious new qualification. Designed with great input from employers, the content is up-to-date, relevant, engaging, and can lead straight into a career.

This T Level programme will prepare you for working with young children and their families. You will spend 20% of your time on a placement, giving you great insight into the industry and a head-start in your career. We will develop your skills for a variety of workplaces, such as schools and private homes. 

Who is this programme for?

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career working with, or educating, children. The course provides a route into apprenticeships at levels 4 and 5, university or higher education. The course will provide you with hands on experience, enabling you to make links from classroom theory to the real world. 

T Levels at Farnborough

T Levels are two-year, technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A Levels and will help them to get a skilled job. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills
  • Common workplace skills

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

When they complete a T Level, students will be able to choose between moving into:

  • A skilled occupation
  • Degree level apprenticeships
  • Higher level technical study, including university

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Your course

What modules are covered?

Year 1:

Wider context: an overview of childcare and education 0-19; working in the sector, roles and responsibilities plus career opportunities.

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.

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.

Child development: expected patterns of development from 0-19 including language, social interaction, wellbeing, transitions and significant events.

Observation and assessment: purposes and importance of assessment

Reflective practice: current priorities and debates in education, continuing professional development, development feedback and strategies.

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.

Year 2:

The Early Years Education and Childcare Specialist Unit will focus on:

  • Supporting and promoting children’s play, development and early education

  • Developing relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Planning, providing and reviewing care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Working in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Your future

What Next?

On completion of this course you could continue studying through an apprenticeship to grow your skills in the workplace or study a related subject at university, such as early years or teaching. 

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School: 

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

If you are working towards becoming a primary school teacher, you will also need to have a 4:4 (if taking combined Science).

From College: 

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher

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