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. An industry placement involves working with an employer for 45 days to ensure you really get to know the subject.

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.

Early Years Educator T Level

From September 2023 we will be starting our first T Level at Colchester Institute and it will be in Early Years. The qualification is taught over two full academic years. We are very excited about this and the opportunities it will provide for our students.

Qualification Title

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

The Early Years Educator T level will include study of a range of thought-provoking topics including:

  • What are parenting styles?
  • Why do we need to plan educational programmes for children’s interests and development?
  • How do our early attachments influence future adult relationships in our lives?

Students will develop knowledge about child development, safeguarding, specialist educational needs, as well examining the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour.

The course will be assessed by passing all units, which include:

  • Employer set practical project
  • Examinations
  • Completion of work placement (750 hours)

Assessment Method

Core Component (covering 12 core elements)

  • Paper A – written examination
  • Paper B – written examination
  • Employer set project (ESP)

Occupational Specialism Component
Synoptic assignments (covering five specific themes)

The T Level Qualification

These qualifications will be graded overall as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass, and there will be grades for each aspect of the course. The table below shows the UCAS value of each grade type.

UCAS Tariff PointsT Level Overall GradeA Level

Finding your work placement

The College will source work placements for all T Level students. For Early Years we have long established, excellent relationships with over 100 childcare providers and schools in North Essex. We have specialised staff who will visit you in the workplace and check that you are competent in your practice and that your learning is going well.

Our very successful and welcoming Early Years team are raring to go with this exciting, brand new qualification. Are you?