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Education and Childcare T Level

Education and Childcare T Level

Level 3

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you want a career in this ever developing sector, important industry working with young children or if you want to progress on to university or enter employment.

You’ll learn: how to observe children, provide and review care needs, support play and educational opportunities which will enable children to develop through the use of age appropriate activities, checking children’s learning and development, health, wellbeing and safety, legislation, safeguarding, curriculum frameworks and professional practice and development.

Expect: lots of support to reach your full potential, while learning all the practical skills to be an early years professional.

You’ll love: our placement opportunities where you will be able to apply what you have learnt in a real setting working with children from 0-5 years.


This course prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.


You will study:


  • How to plan and provide effective education that will enable children to progress and prepare for school
  • Understand Child development from 0-19yrs.
  • Assess children’s learning and development.
  • Health, well-being and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Support children with additional needs (SEND)
  • Working in partnership with parents, colleagues and other professionals
  • Own Role, Professional development


T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare is a nationally recognised qualification which will enable learners to progress into employment with children.

The course is two years in length and you will be required to attend 2 different placement settings for a maximum of 750 hours during this period. There is a dedicated work placement officer to help with this if required.

You will need to complete and pay for a DBS check in order to attend the placement requirements of this course and sign up for the update service.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1

  • 2 written exams
  • Employer Based Project (to be completed in college)


Year 2

  • Occupational Specialism Component
  • Synoptic Assignment


The industry placement will be used for the assessment of skills for all occupational specialism, early years students will be required to demonstrate specific skills in the placement, which will be observed by as assessor and then moderated. Tasks will be observed during the students time working in the industry, this is because the skills and knowledge being assessed cannot be validly assed in any other context. For example, students are being assessed on their ability to work with nursery groups or classes of children and demonstrate their skills in doing this.

  • Typical Entry Criteria

    ·         Five GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above including:

    o    GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and above or GCSE Maths at Grade 4 and above
    o    Four other GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above


    Age Criteria: Under 19

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    Applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Education and Childcare (Level 3) T Level programme is:

    Higher Education or Apprenticeship or employment in industry.

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Education and Childcare T Level

What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

Careers in the health, social care and early years industries are challenging but immensely rewarding, enabling you to make life-changing differences for the people and children you work with.

Health and Social Care

We offer support of teaching staff with industry experience, coupled with a fantastic set of facilities, including a full-sized training ward, and excellent placement and volunteering opportunities to build your skills and expertise.

Early Years

These courses focus on a range of key areas such as education, the care of young children, and physical health and emotional development. We are proud of our employer partnership with Tinies Nurseries, and our excellent progression opportunities too.

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Student Stories

Rhianna Lewis-Watkins

I want to go into the medical field and this is one of the pathways I can take to get into it. I’d like to be a midwife; I find it fascinating. We’ve learnt a bit about midwifery, and knowing that you’re gonna bring a new life into the world is really exciting. We've learned about healthy living and different legislations, babies growth and development – lots of things!

Rhianna Lewis-Watkins

Level 2 - Health and Social Care - Gloucester Campus

Clive Junior Morgan

I studied Health and Social Care at school and I already work in a healthcare setting in Tuffley after school. enjoy the practical sessions where we’re hands-on doing stuff. We can do voluntary work every Friday and I do activities with adults with learning disabilities. I like the freedom of college.

Clive Junior Morgan

Level 2 - Health and Social Care - Gloucester Campus

Abbi-Savannah Braddick

I preferred GC over university as it had more flexible learning around my employment, my lessons were in the evenings meaning I could work in a nursery during the day. My dream career is to run my own nursery, and this course helped me learn important management skills to get myself where I need to be.

Abbi-Savannah Braddick

Foundation Degree - Early Years

Our Facilities

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Hospital Ward

You’ll find equipment such as mannequins, task trainers, defibrillators, hospital beds, monitors, and specialized stations for hands-on training, allowing students to practice their skills in a controlled environment.

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Proud to be Working With

Believe in children Barnardo's
The old Station nursery
Orchard Trust
Cheltenham Dental SPA
Class People
Evesham Dental
Live Well at Home
Milestone School
my Face
Parkside Dental
Tewkesbury Dental

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