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T Level Education and Early Years (Early Years Educator)

Course Name 
T Level Education and Early Years (Early Years Educator)Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body CACHE
Offering Code TLL3EAC1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Course Overview

The Education and Childcare T level provides you with the practical and academic skills and knowledge to move into employment, higher level apprenticeships or higher education. The course is designed to provide you with real work experience alongside a range of academic topics, developing your skills and abilities over the 2-year course.

If you are wanting to progress into a career working with children and strive to be the best you can then this is the course for you. You will be studying with other like-minded individuals who want to provide the best education and care for the children they will be supporting. You will spend time in excellent nursery and school provisions whilst completing your industry experience, this will support the knowledge you are gaining through your academic study.

The course itself has been developed in conjunction with employers and ensures the content follows the most up to date practice.

What you will Study

CACHE Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare (Early Years Educator)

This is split into Core knowledge and Specialist knowledge. Core topics include child development, safeguarding, special educational needs, the role of families and support services and reflective practice

The occupational specialism we offer is the Early Years Educator. This will provide you with a licence to practise as an early years practitioner.

Throughout your course you will continue to use and develop your English, maths and Digital skills. These are key aspects towards future employment and study and mandatory towards your T level qualification.

How you will Learn

You will spend 60% of your time in taught sessions, which will involve simulation of real working experiences along with formal teaching.

The remaining 40% of your time will be in your industry placement. Whilst here you will be able to put your new knowledge into practice, developing your skills over the 2 years in preparation for your final formal assessments.

Course Structure Classroom based: 60%
Work placement: 40%
How you will be Assessed

• 2 Written Exams
• Employer set project
• Synoptic assignments
• Observation of practice in placement

On full completion you will receive a T level statement of achievement detailing the individual grades for different elements.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-4 including English and maths.

Attendance Expectations 3 days per week in College and 2 days per week in work placement.
Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789283.

Additional Course Costs

£100 Pack which incorporates required resources for your course, as well as trips specific to your course. TBC with management.

Trips not linked to the content of your course will require additional costs.

Further Study On completion of the T level you can progress to higher education to study a range of degree courses, including Teaching At Wakefield College we deliver a foundation degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development, with progression to a BA Honours degree in Early Years.
Career Opportunities

Once complete you can gain employment within the sector in a range of roles including, early years practitioner, teaching assistant, special educational needs assistant.

With additional study at degree level you can begin a career in teaching, social work, and other related fields.

How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form or apply online at

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

For further details, please contact Hayley Saxton on 01924 789284 or

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Subject Area (W) Childcare, Early Years & Childhood Studies
Client Group (W) 16-18
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Information last amended: 09 October 2023 09:44

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