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T Level in Education and Childcare

Kickstart a career in the classroom - our T Level qualification is equivalent to THREE A-Levels!


Gain core skills for the classroom

If you are passionate about working in the early years and education sector, this qualification builds the foundation to embark on a career working with children developing knowledge and skills through your study and working practice in placement.

Depending on pathway learners can progress into jobs including nursery practitioner, teaching assistant, learning mentor, special educational needs and disability (SEND) teaching assistant.

The course covers course units including:

  • Understanding the education and childcare sector up to age 19
  • Theoretical approaches to child development
  • Safeguarding, wellbeing and health and safety
  • Understanding and managing behaviour
  • Equality and diversity
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Working in partnership with others and outside agencies
  • Reflective practice


Why choose Lakes?

Our tutors are experts in their field with experience of working in the education areas which they are teaching.

Over the two years you will attend two days each week on placement and spend three days studying in college.

In your first year you will study the core components from birth to 19.

First year exams include an employer-set project and two further exams on core knowledge.

In your second year you will focus on occupational specialism, which further develops your skills and knowledge for the workplace or progression onto further study at university.

As part of your second year you will be observed in practice in your industry placement and undertake two further exams.

What is a T Level?

What is a T Level?

  • • A new alternative option

    A two-year qualification that you can do after GCSEs as an alternative to A levels, other post-16 courses or an apprenticeship

  • • Equivalent to THREE A levels

    Your T Level will be worth UCAS points and recognised by universities and other education providers

  • • Gain on-the-job experience

    You’ll spend 20 per cent of your time on a 45-day placement with an employer to give you the skills and knowledge companies look for

Additional information

You will need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and Maths (or equivalent).

Applicants must also successfully complete a mandatory assessment day.

After completing a T Level you could go on to an apprenticeship, higher apprenticeship, Higher Education and/or degree apprenticeship, or have the skills to enter full-time employment.

This could be with Lakes College based on the existing (and growing) offer, or to another provider.

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Apply now

You can apply to our course directly via our website.