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T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years (603/5829/4)

T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years (603/5829/4)

Level 3

Qualification: T Level NCFE

Duration: 2 Years


What will I study?

The qualification prepares students to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. Upon successful completion of the course the T level gives a license to practice in addition to a direct route onto a University Teaching course. The course structure is made up of 5 key parts and a minimum of 750hours placement.

Year 1

1. Core: Knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts and theories of the education and childcare sector 0 –19 years (Such as child development, safeguarding and working with others).
2. Employer set project: where you will apply your knowledge to a real-life industry problem.
3. High quality Industry placement.

Year 2

1. Occupational Specialism – where you will further explore and develop skills and knowledge required to become a qualified practitioner.
2. Continuation of your industry placement.

Study Visits

The course also offers a number of visits that are specific and professionally relevant to the unit of study including:

  • A trip to a Forrest School to gain experience and an understanding of international perspectives.
  • A visit to the Children’s Ward at Rotherham Hospital.
  • A visit to Grimm & Co



Cost Students are required to purchase the approved college T Level Childcare polo shirt to wear whilst on placements. This allows you to be identifiable while on placement and promotes safeguarding. Polo shirts can be purchased during the Induction period for a cost of approx. £10 each. Students can also purchase a Hoodie as an optional extra.

Students will also be expected to take part in the Forest School trip which supports learner’s development and understanding of International Perspectives. This trip costs Approx. £25/£65 depending on location.


Year 1
2 written examinations (Paper A and Paper B) Employer-set project (ESP) – a supervised project, devised and set by NCFE
Students will receive marks for paper A, paper B and the employer-set project (ESP). These marks will be aggregated to create one grade for the Core Component. Industry placement – your evidence log (which will show your technical skills and ability to apply knowledge in a workplace environment) will be assessed.

Year 2
Synoptic assessment – Linking Theory to Practice (graded Distinction, Merit or Pass) Industry placement – as above.


Entry Criteria

Grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

You will also be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) before commencing placement. The college will provide you with the necessary information to complete this.

Useful Supporting Courses

Please note that this is a full time course equivalent to 3 A Levels; no other subjects are chosen alongside it.


This course is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in Early Years Education including Primary Teaching. Successful completion will give you a licence to practice, enabling you to enter the workforce as a qualified Early Years Educator in roles such as nursery practitioner, room leader, play worker, nanny, children’s rep.

You may choose to go on to further study to qualify as an early year’s teacher, children’s nurse, social worker, NHS play worker, etc and a direct route into University.

Acceptability of T Level Childcare Diploma

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

T Level Education and Early Years Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

T Level Education and Early Years Flying Start

Course overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

T Technical Qualification in Level Education and Early Years Overview

Current CACHE course

Please see link to current CACHE course for current students only.

Please note new applicants for 2023 entry will not be able to apply for this course and should apply for the T Level in Education and Childcare above.

CACHE Childcare and Education Early Years Educator