Early Years and Education courses
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Education and Childcare: Education, T Level
In September 2021 we are introducing Education T Level.
What is a T Level?
T Levels are brand new courses, which will follow GCSEs and Technical Awards and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.
What will I do on this course?
This T level has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work. Those involved in the design include Action for Children and representatives from schools and colleges around the country.
Your core work will give you essential knowledge and skills relevant to any education related occupation including:
- Education context
- Child development
- Supporting education
- Parents and families
- Working with others
- Reflective practice.
Once this is achieved you will choose a specialist pathway:
Early Years and education - Focusing on developing positive relationships with young people, supporting and promoting play, development and early education, safeguarding and professional working relations.
Assisting teaching – Developing the knowledge and skills to support class teachers to enhance children and young people’s education both individually and in groups. Plan, provide and review educational opportunities, recognise, adapt and respond to individual needs including those with educational needs and disabilities.
An industry placement
An industry placement will ensure you have the chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge you are studying in the classroom. Employers of all sizes are being invited to provide placements for 45-days (315 hours) alongside your class learning over the two years where you will complete an employer set project.
And there’s more benefits …
As part of this study programme, you will enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, and attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID) or Future Academy. All of this will be invaluable in supporting progression in other areas. All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview.
How will I be assessed?
To complete your class room study you will sit two external papers graded from pass to distinction (one in Year 1 and the second in Year 2).
Who is the awarding body?
NCFE / Cache
What can I do after this course?
You will be able to progress onto higher apprenticeships, employment and university courses.
4 GCSE at grade 4 to include English language and a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) - this is a requirement for all people working with children and vulnerable adults (Weston College will assist with this).
What our students say
Josh Shapland, Early Years
“The course brought theory and practice together. The topics covered really aligned with the work I do today”
Studied: Early Years Level 3 (Weston College, Early Years Childhood Studies FdA & Early Years Education BA (UCW)