T Level Technical Qualification in Early Years

A T Level is a composite technical study programme, aimed at preparing young people for work, higher level Apprenticeships or Higher Education (HE). It comprises 4 key components:

●  an approved technical qualification (TQ), which includes the opportunity to specialise in at least one occupational role

●  a substantial industry placement with an external employer

●  English, mathematics and digital requirements; students will have to achieve a minimum of Grade 4 or Level 2 English and mathematics in order to achieve a T Level employability, enrichment and pastoral (EEP) elements

●  the Early years’ educator component also includes mandatory additional requirements (MAR) which gives the licence to practice

The T Level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare forms part of the T Level in Education and Childcare.

The qualification has 2 components:

●  Core component

●  Occupational specialism components:

●  Early Years Educator

●  Assisting Teaching

(You will choose one of these pathways)

The core component provides a high-level foundation of knowledge and skills that are relevant to all occupational specialisms. These elements are arranged as themes to support holistic learning:

●  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: Assisting Teaching covers:

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

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

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

●  Recognise, adapt and respond to individual children’s needs, including those with SEND, to support

development and access to the curriculum
Industry placements are intended to provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in your chosen occupation and which are less easily attainable by completing a qualification alone.

As part of achieving the overall T Level programme, you are required to complete a minimum of 750 hours (Early years’ educator) and 315 hours (Assisting Teaching) industry placement. In order to demonstrate threshold competence in your chosen occupational specialism, you will be observed during your industry placement.
You will be interviewed by the subject teachers to be offered a place on the T Level qualification. You must hold a grade 4 in English & Maths. You must be able fulfil the requirements of the core and chosen occupational specialism and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy, digital and health and safety aspects of this qualification.

In total, you must hold 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above to be considered for this course.
Core component

●  2 written examinations

●  employer-set project (ESP)

In order to achieve a grade for the core component, you must attempt both of the external examinations and the ESP. The combined marks from these assessments will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A* to E and U). If you do not attempt one of the assessments or fail to reach the minimum standard across all assessments, you will receive a U grade.

Occupational specialism component

●  synoptic assignments

You will also be required to successfully achieve a distinction/merit/pass grade in one of the occupational specialism components. If you fail to reach the specified level of attainment, you will receive a U grade.

Additional placement hours for Early Years Educator

There is a requirement for the Early Years Educator Occupational Specialism to have additional hours on placement; this is on top of the T Level programme requirements for industrial placement. These additional hours are essential to enable you to meet the requirements of the industry and gain sufficient occupational experience to be a competent employee in the early years’ sector.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto the following, depending on your chosen occupational specialism:

●  Employment:

●  Early years educator

●  Education technician

●  Primary/secondary/tertiary teaching and support assistant

●  Learning mentor

●  Student engagement officer

●  Higher education

●  Apprenticeship

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