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T-level Education and Childcare

University College Birmingham
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

T-level Education and Childcare

Are you thinking about a future working in childcare or education? Do you want to get a qualification that will help you progress towards further study and jobs in this field? Our T-level Education and Childcare Level 3 course will give you the foundation you need to set you on the path towards your ideal career.

University College Birmingham is one of the very first colleges in the UK to offer the new T-level qualification, which combines learning in the classroom with gaining vital ‘on-the-job’ experience. As part of our two-year Education and Childcare course, you will gain core knowledge of subjects such as supporting education, health and wellbeing, safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), as well as developing a range of technical and practical skills that employers are looking for.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be aged 16-19 to apply for this course.
  • Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English Language and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or Functional Skills Level 2.
  • Alternatively, you will require a relevant Level 2 qualification (must also include English Language and maths at grade 4/C or Functional Skills Level 2) or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the early years and care sector.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Currently, T-level courses are only funded for 16-19 year old learners. However, the government is currently reviewing T-level pathway for mature learners, which we hope will be available for 2022 entry. If you would like to apply for Health & Social care course and you are a mature learner, please consider the following alternative course.

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Program content

Topics you will study:

Year 1

Core knowledge and understanding

  • 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

Year 2

Occupational Specialism (Early Years Educator)

  • Supporting and promoting children’s play, development and early education
  • Developing relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Planning, providing and reviewing care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Working in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Teaching and assessment

To achieve this qualification, you must successfully demonstrate your achievement of the Core Component and Occupational Specialism Component. 

The Core Component is 100% externally assessed. The assessment consists of:

  • Paper A written examination
  • Paper B written examination
  • Employer-set project

The Occupational Specialism Components are also externally assessed, except for the observation element, which is internally marked and externally moderated by NCFE.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration :2 years full-time
  • Course Start : September (2021)


Equivalent to three A-levels, this T-level course will help you boost your employment prospects by gaining extensive experience on a work placement in a real-world environment, supported by experts in our hired@UCB employability team. By completing this industry-recognised qualification, you could progress onto many different roles such as early years educator or teaching assistant, as well as gaining UCAS points to enable your progression onto study at university.

Career opportunities

The T-level for Education and Childcare. Having the staff expertise and capacity to deliver this new and exciting qualification, we see it as an opportunity to be at the forefront of changes in the provision for young people's education.

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

  • Early years educator - Average Salary: £18,526
  • Teaching assistant - Average Salary: £23,000
  • Special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant - Average Salary: £17,789
  • Family support worker - Average Salary: £21,000
  • Nanny - Average Salary: £32,500
  • Childminder - Variable

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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