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Education & Early Years (Early Years) T Level

T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 315-hour industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace. The Technical Qualification is the main classroom-based element of the T Level and will see you learn from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare you for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university.

This T Level focuses on children under the age of five, and combines the following core units with practical application while working in a setting in the community:
– Child development
– Safeguarding
– Observation and assessment
– Parents, families and carers

As well as the core units, you will complete an employer-set project to complement the theory and practical aspects of the qualification.

You will study the knowledge and skills of an Early Years Educator as your occupational specialism.

NCFE are a leading sector specialist in early years and this course will ensure you can develop into a high-quality, skilled practitioner that the early years sector demands.

An essential component of this qualification is the substantial work placement in a relevant setting. As an Early Years Educator you must complete at least 750 hours of placement over the two years. This is completed in conjunction with your theory assessments and will ensure that at the end of the course you will have the skills needed by employers in this sector.

If you want a career supporting the play and development of children or babies, whether as a teacher, in a nursery, in the public or private sector, this course could be for you.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB470 (2024)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


The assessments may vary. You will undertake two exams and an employer set project in the first year, and three assignments and practical observation in the second year. The assessment criteria for this course is rigorous and will ensure you have the skills to take the next steps into employment or higher-level study.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.

You will need an enhanced DBS check, with no disclosures, to allow you to complete work placement in an early years setting.

You must also have enthusiasm and motivation for working with children.


Once completed, this qualification will open the door to a huge range of possible careers in this sector. You could study further, either at Petroc or at another university, for an Early Childhood Studies or a Teaching and Learning degree. You could gain employment in an early years setting, and importantly, you will count in staff ratios with this qualification. There are opportunities to move into family support work, nannying, au pairing, portage work, or with a children’s charity as well a whole host of other careers.

Facilities and resources

We have a fully equipped training room with interactive babies, baby changing and bathing facilities, as well as a wide variety of educational learning resources.

We also have excellent links with local early years settings as well as a highly qualified teaching and assessing team to support and guide you through the programme.


Q: Do I have to complete all aspects of the programme?

A: Yes, to qualify you must pass both the written assessments and complete the minimum placement hours.

Q: Do I need to find my own work placement setting?

A: No, we will support you with finding a suitable employer.

Q: Is there an age restriction for T Levels?

A: Yes, T Levels are for learners aged 16-19.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

As this course requires you to undertake work placements with children and/or vulnerable adults, a DBS check is required.

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Starting Date : 09/09/2024
Course Code : FTB470 (2024) North Devon Campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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