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    About the course

    The aim of this qualification is to support learners as they develop their knowledge, understanding and skills when caring for and supporting the learning and development of children aged 0 – 11years 11 months. Whilst studying this course you will also complete the T Level Transition Programme which will be tailored to meet your needs in English and Maths, Technical skills, Pastoral support and Personal development.

    Entry requirements

    GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade 3

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

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    Why study?

    Throughout the course there will be a wide range of practical activities in every unit. These include activities such as bottle making, planning and preparing activities for children 0-11years, caring for a virtual baby overnight, carrying out risk assessment and setting up enabling learning environments. It is designed to support progress onto the Level 3 T-Level programme.

    Educational visits:
    Shadowing in the work placement, Team building activities both in and out of college and Educational trips.

    Industry specialists including Health visitors, Nursery Managers, Teachers, Speech and Language therapists and Play workers. 

    Students will get to carry out at least 120 hours in placements in a wide range of Early years and Primary settings including full-time day nurseries, Pre-Schools and Primary Schools.


    Where will this course take me?

    T Level Education and Childcare

    • Nursery assistant
    • Teacher
    • Child Psychologist 
    • Play Worker
    • Speech and Language Therapist

    If you move onto the Level 3 you will then be able to gain UCAS points and move on to HE

    Core modules

    • Child Development 
    • Play and Learning 
    • Exploring and Legislation
    • The role of the childcare practitioner
    • Nutrition 
    • Physical development and physical activity

    The Foundation programme will also include embedding of maths and English, introductory technical skills and Pastoral support and personal development.

    How will I be assessed?

    Will include a wide range of assessment methods including written assignments, videos, professional discussions, posters and observations on placement. 

    Will I have to provide anything?

    Childcare Polo shirts x 2 approximate cost £25

    Textbook approximate cost £30

    Pens and paper, Folder

    DBS approximate cost £40

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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    T Levels Q&A


    T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

    T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.


    Harlow College offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

    • creative and digital
    • construction
    • childcare and education
    • health


    T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.


    T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

    • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
    • an industry placement with an employer
    • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them


    T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

    Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.

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