Early Years Educator – T Level


Early Years Educator - Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare - Level 3


More about the course

Are you looking to start a career in the childcare industry and want to expand your knowledge and skills? Then this T Level as an Early Years Educator could be the course for you.

Cultivate a broad base of experience in the childcare and early years education industry, developing specialist knowledge and skills as you go. You may specialise as an early years practitioner or educator, an education technician or a learning mentor (among other career opportunities) or enter into an apprenticeship or higher education degree.

During this two-year full-time course, you will learn theory and best practice from industry expert tutors in our specialist on-campus childcare suites, which simulate conditions within a working nursery. You will study a range of vital topics, including behaviour, child development and special educational needs and disability. You will complete the course with the knowledge and practical skills you need to build a promising career in the education and childcare industry.

As part of the Early Years Educator pathway, students will commit a minimum of 750 hours on an employer placement in an educational institution appropriate to their specialism. The time you dedicate to this placement will help you put your skills into practice in a functioning educational setting.

*subject to approval

  • What will be studied

    You will study the following core modules:


    • Wider context
    • Supporting education
    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
    • Behaviour
    • Parents, families and carers
    • Working with others
    • Child development
    • Observation and assessment
    • Reflective practice
    • Equality and diversity
    • Special educational needs and disability
    • English as an additional language


    Students on the Early Years Educator pathway must also dedicate a minimum of 750 hours to a supervised industry placement in an appropriate educational setting.


  • What are the entry requirements?

    You will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    On completing a T Level in Education and Childcare, students may progress onto a variety of roles in the education industry, including as an early years practitioner or educator, an education technician, learning mentor or student engagement officer.

    There are also opportunities to enter higher education after completing a T Levelqualification.

  • Other Information:


    * T Level courses are currently pending approval and Kidderminster College will take all reasonable steps to provide the courses as described in this guide. In the event that we are unable to deliver specific T Level pathways, we will communicate to applicants and work to find alternative and suitable programmes.

    Equivalent to 3 A Levels 

    T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.


Start Date : September 2024 End Date : July 2026 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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