Education and Childcare

Course Overview

Whether you ultimately want to be a playworker or teaching assistant, this qualification will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to enter skilled employment in the education and childcare sector.



Entry Requirements

Maths and English GCSE grade 4 or above.


As an Early Years Educator you will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Planning and supervising child initiated and adult led activities which are based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting children to develop numeracy and language skills through games and play
  • Having key person responsibility to help ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Observing each child and shaping their learning experience to reflect their observations
  • Meeting the care needs of the individual child such as feeding, changing nappies and administration of medicine
  • Working in partnership with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of each child

Which employers will be involved with the course?

Day nurseries
Primary schools
Secondary school
Special schools
Alternative provisions

Course Outline

The occupational specialisms are:

• Early Years Educator

• Assisting Teaching

To achieve this qualification, the student must successfully demonstrate their achievement of the Core Component and one Occupational Specialism Component.

Core Component elements are arranged as themes to support holistic learning and understanding:

• Wider Context

• Child Development

• Supporting Education

• Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing

• Behaviour

• Observation and Assessment

• Equality and Diversity

• Special Educational Needs and Disability

• English as an Additional Language

• Parents, Families and Carers

• Working with Others

• Reflective Practice

Occupational Specialism Content


Occupational Specialism: Early Years Educator

PO1: Support and promote children’s play, development and early education

PO2: Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development

PO3: Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress

PO4: Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children

PO5: Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Occupational Specialism: Assisting Teaching

PO1: Support the class teacher to enhance children’s education, individually and in groups

PO2: Plan, provide and review educational opportunities in collaboration with teachers and other adults

PO3: Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children and young people

PO4: Recognise, adapt and respond to individual children’s needs, including those with SEND, to support development and access to the curriculum


What assessments are involved?

Assessed through:

• 2 written examinations (Paper A and Paper B)

• an employer-set project (ESP) – a supervised project, devised and set by NCFE

Students will receive marks for:

• Paper A

• Paper B

• Employer-set project (ESP).

These marks will be aggregated to create one grade for the Core Component.

Occupational Specialism Assessment

Assessed through:

• Synoptic assignments (specific to each Occupational Specialism).

What career pathways does this course lead to?

This technical qualification will support students on to a range of progression routes including employment, into skills roles:

Early Years Practitioner

Learning Support Practitioner (with additional CPD there could be specialism in school such as supporting children with additional needs / SPL)

Higher education

Higher level apprenticeships.

Student Portrait

"The T Level in Education and Childcare helps students to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviors to progress into skilled employment or to study further."

Stacey Guy
Course Tutor

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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