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Education & Early Years (Teaching) T Level

T Levels are designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or further study. They combine core knowledge and skills needed to work in your chosen industry sector with a technical qualification, and a substantial work placement equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This challenging and exciting course allows you to study a number of core units in the first year, including.
– Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
– Supporting education
– Safeguarding, health and safety, and wellbeing
– English as an Additional Language (EAL)
– Child development

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 then study ‘Teaching’ as your occupational specialism in Year 2, where you will get the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills alongside demonstrating your competence in a work environment.

An essential component of this qualification is the substantial work placement in a relevant setting – a minimum of 315 hours. 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 or the qualifications to enable you to progress on to university.

If you want a career working within the education sector, for example in teaching, this would be the course for you.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB367 (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 practical observations and written assessments 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.

For learners wishing to persue a career in Primary Teaching, you will require GCSE Science at Grade 4 or above.

You will need an enhanced DBS check, with no disclosures, to allow you to complete work placement in a school.

You must also have enthusiasm and motivation about 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. There are opportunities to move into family support work, portage work, or with a children’s charity as well a whole host of careers.

Facilities and resources

We have excellent links with local primary schools as well a highly qualified teaching and assessing team to support and guide you through this 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 : FTB367 (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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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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