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T Levels are designed to produce learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or further study.

The T Level in Education and Early Years has three strands, two of which are relevant for the early years sector. These are Assisting Teaching and the Early Years Educator. Both of these have core units e.g. Observation and Assessment, Supporting Education, Special Educational Needs and Disability.

On this course, you will complete a number of core theory units as well as substantial work placement. NCFE are a leading sector specialist in early years and this course ensures learners can develop into high quality, skilled practitioners that the early years sector demands. The aim is to develop the threshold competence of learners in key aspects of early years practice.

The course has a number of core units including;
– Observation and Assessment
– Supporting Education
– Special Educational Needs
– Disability

As well as the core units, you will complete an employer set project to complement the theory and practical aspects of the qualification. This will vary depending on the employer and setting.

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; for Assisting Teaching the minimum number of hours is 315. 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.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB367 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
North Devon campus Apply
Sep 2022 : Mid Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTT251 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
Mid Devon campus Apply

Course details


The assessments vary and you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your practical competencies through observations, as well a written exam and written assessments for various units. Your employer set project will also form part of your formal assessment. The assessments are marked externally and internally. The assessment criteria for this course is rigorous and really will ensure you have the skills to take the next steps into employment or higher level study.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this T Level programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include grade 5 in English and Maths.

Science GCSE is preferred but not essential. You will also need a strong commitment and interest in the early years sector. The ability to work with others in a team as well as young children is essential.


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, portage work, or with a children’s charity as well a whole host of careers.

Facilities and resources

We have good links with local early years settings as well a highly qualified teaching and assessing team to support and guid 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.

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.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB367 (2022) North Devon campus, Mid Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTT251 (2022) North Devon campus, Mid 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.