The NCFE T Level in Education and Childcare (Early Years Education and Childcare specialism) offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of childcare settings and the varying needs of children and young people from 0-19 years of age.


The Level 3 qualification is a combination of studying at college and undertaking an industry placement and is perfect for anyone looking to prepare for a career in working
with children and young people, as well as offering a stepping stone to those looking to progress on to higher education, including higher level apprenticeships.

As well as studying core subjects within the education and childcare sector, industry placements are a crucial part of the T-level. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 315 hours per year in an industry placement – giving real work experience and the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to work in a childcare setting.

Achievement of this qualification requires students to demonstrate evidence of higher-level skills in analysis and evaluation and academic writing and higher-level study skills are supported throughout.

Students will be assessed across a range of practical situations which are relevant to becoming an Early Years Educator

Assessments require students to apply their learning from a range of units, preparing them for higher education and supporting their ability to succeed at university, or higher level education should they progress on this route.

T Levels require students to develop their research skills. For example, they are required to investigate, explore and analyse research for practice in education and childcare. This equips students with the important skills that will prepare them for the depth of research
they will be expected to demonstrate in their higher education studies.

Students who have studied the T Level in Education and Childcare will be able to evidence the values and behaviours set by employers in the sector, preparing them for the world of work.

A full T Level qualification is achieved from grades across the full qualification and work placement. Students who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed successfully.

As part of the technical certificate, learners will study

  • 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

Learners will be assessed on the ‘core component’ through two written examinations and an employer set project. The core component is graded A* – E and Ungraded (U).

As part of the specialism in this qualification ‘Early Years Education and Childcare, learners will also study the following units

  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

The additional units are assessed through practical based assignments, graded between Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded (U).

Students must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points. The below
shows the UCAS points linked to each grade.

  • 168 Distinction* AAA*
  • 144 Distinction AAA
  • 120 Merit BBB
  • 96 Pass (C or above on the core) CCC
  • 72 Pass (D or E on the core) DDD

GCSE – x5 grade 5 or above including English and Maths.

You must also have a history of excellent attendance, two positive references from a professional source and a clear DBS.

Please note, you will need to attend an interview for this course.

If you do not meet the requirements, you will be offered a suitable alternative such as the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Early Years Education vocational pathway instead.

Apply Now


    Personal Details






    Help and Support



    About you

    If you are under 18, we will use this to contact your parent regarding your progress and any important announcements.



    Last school attended

    If you are still at school please tell us the name of the school you attend

    Please separate each qualification by using a comma. Leave the text area blank if you have no qualifications.

    Support Required

    We welcome your application if you have a learning difficulty, a disability or other additional support needs. Please help us to ensure that you get the most from your time at TyneMet College by ticking either box A or B.

    A) I would like to talk to someone about supportB) I do not need any support at the moment, but I know I can ask for support if I need it later. I require financial guidance

    Please select all that apply

    To ensure we can offer a full support package during your time with us, please select all that apply:

    I have an Educational Healthcare Plan (EHCP) I am a looked after child I am a young carer I am care experienced I have a social worker

    How did you hear about us?

    Data Protection

    Tyne Coast College takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide you with the products and services which you have requested from us and to administer your account.

    From time to time we would like to contact you with details of other courses we provide. If you consent to us contacting you for this purpose please tick to indicate your preferred contact method.


    Get in touch

    Our team is always ready to help. So if you have questions on courses, your career, or anything else, complete this contact form and we’ll be in touch.