The Early Years Educator Level 3 – T Level course is suitable for learners aged 16-18 wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching. It is a level 3 qualification studied over a two-year programme.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for 16-18 year old students looking to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the Education and Early Years sector.
This Technical qualification will support students on a range of progression routes including employment, higher education and higher apprenticeships.
The course includes 750 hours minimum working with an employer in an industry placement and will include enrichment activities such as trips and guest speakers.
About this qualification
The technical qualification (TQ) forms part of the new T Level study programme.
The purpose of the Level 3 technical qualification is to ensure students have the knowledge and the practical abilities needed to progress either into skilled employment, or higher education or via a higher-level apprenticeship. The T Level is a full-time course.
A new centre for our first T-Level!
From September 2023 we will be starting our first T-Level at Colchester Institute and it will be in Early Years. To ensure we provide the best possible experiences for students, Colchester Institute has heavily invested in the new Early Years Centre, not only, in providing state-of-the-art facilities but ensuring that all staff from senior leadership down are fully dedicated to providing students with everything required to succeed. Our Principal and Chief Executive Alison Andreas and Chair of the Colchester Institute Corporation Board Kevin Prince officially opened the new Early Years Centre at the start of December. The Centre was supported by T Level Buildings and Facilities Improvement Grant received from the Department for Education.
T Levels are Level 3 qualifications that follow on from GCSEs. They are the equivalent to three A Levels and are new qualifications that will combine classroom theory, practical learning, and an industry placement working with an employer for 45 days.
The two-year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
They will provide excellent destinations for students, including full-time skilled employment, higher-level apprenticeships and Higher Education degrees.
All students will develop an understanding of:
In addition to the core content, each student will follow the specialism of the Early Years Educator.
How is this qualification structured?
The technical qualification is split into 2 component parts:
Core component: the knowledge and underpinning concepts, theories and principles as well as core skills for the education and childcare sector and the Occupational specialism of the Early Years Educator.
The occupational specialism section provides students with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.
Some units will be internally assessed, using a range of methods; others will be assessed externally and by exam.
Experience in the workplace
Industry placements are intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation which are less easily attainable by doing a qualification alone.
How is it assessed?
In order to achieve a grade for the core component, students must have results for both sub-components (the core (written) examination and the employer-set project).
The combined results from these sub-components will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A*–E and U).
If students fail to reach the minimum standard across all sub-components, they will receive a U grade. No overall grade will be issued for the core component until both sub-components have been attempted.
Occupational specialism component:
The student is also required to successfully achieve a Distinction/Merit/Pass grade in the occupational specialism component. If the student fails to reach the specified level of attainment, they will receive a U grade.
T Levels are currently only offered to 16-18 year olds.
*Please note there is a charge of approximately £50 for a DBS check.
Students can progress into roles such as:
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Students who achieve this qualification could progress to employment, higher apprenticeship or higher education:
The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points. On successful completion of this course you could progress to study for a degree in areas such as social work, primary school teaching or early years.
All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.
Costs of studying
If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:
For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.
Applications for September 2023 open now!
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Applications||Applications opened on Monday 3rd October 2022|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year old study programme only: Free|
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