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T Level Education & Childcare

Subject Area


Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type

T Level

What is the course about?

Our exiting new T Level in Education & Childcare is suitable for anyone wanting a career working with children or in education.

This level 3 course has been developed in collaboration with employers & industry and is equivalent to three A Levels. Combining academic learning and industry placement, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enter highly skilled employment, university or an appenticeship.

Why should I choose the course?

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to enter skilled employment. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the nursery within our state-of-the-art Health & Social Care Academy and during industry placement, and learn a wealth of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable for your future career.

An essential part of the course is that you complete 750 hours industry placement to gain sufficient occupational experience to be a competent employee in the early years sector.

What will I learn?

The Technical Qualification is split into 2 component parts:

The Core Component provides a high-level foundation of knowledge and skills that are relevant to all Occupational Specialisms within this qualification. The Occupational Specialism Component covers the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required to achieve threshold competence in a chosen Occupational Specialism. English, mathematics and digital skills have also been embedded throughout the content to help students reach threshold competence in their chosen Occupational Specialism. Threshold competence refers to the level of competence deemed by employers as sufficient to secure employment in roles relevant to an occupational specialism. Achievement of threshold competence signals that a student is well-placed to develop full occupational competence, with further support and development, once in work

Core Component elements are arranged as themes to support holistic learning and understanding:

  • Wider Context
  • Child Development
  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Observation and Assessment

Core Assessment Assessed through:

  • 2 written examinations (Paper A and Paper B)
  • An employer-set project (ESP) – a supervised project, devised and set by NCFE

Students will receive marks for: Paper A, paper B and employer-set project (ESP).

These marks will be aggregated to create one grade for the Core Component.

What will the course lead on to?

After completing a T Level study programme, you will be able to choose between moving onto:

  • University
  • Skilled employment
  • higher or degree level apprenticeships

Are there any links with industry and university?

Our Health & Social Care Academy has excellent links with employers, universities and community organisations including private day nurseries, primary schools and childminders, providing you with a valuable insight into the working world. You will also have the chance to meet professional guest speakers such as Nursery Managers and representatives from the University of Chester, to learn about the different roles and career prospects available.

What support is available?

You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington & Vale Royal College prides itself on having expert tutors who have a wealth of experience within the childcare sector. We have a nursery set up and a wide range of resources within our state-of-the-art Health & Social Care Academy that help bring your studies to life.

The unique blend of academic learning and industry placement will fully prepare you for your next steps, whatever you choose to do next.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a Level 2 course and have GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 or above.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There will be a cost of approximately £60 for your uniform and additional costs may include trips.

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Starts Sep 2023

72 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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