T-level in Education and Childcare Level 3

Overview (NV)

Level 3 T-level Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare: Education (QN)

Course length
2 years full-time


Are you thinking about a future working in childcare or education? Do you want to get a qualification that will help you progress towards further study and jobs in this field? Our T-level Education and Childcare Level 3 course will give you the foundation you need to set you on the path towards your ideal career.

University College Birmingham is one of the very first colleges in the UK to offer the new T-Level qualification, which combines learning in the classroom with gaining vital ‘on-the-job’ experience. As part of our two-year Education and Childcare course, you will gain core knowledge of subjects such as supporting education, health and wellbeing, safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), as well as developing a range of technical and practical skills that employers are looking for.

Equivalent to three A-levels, this T-level course will help you boost your employment prospects by gaining extensive experience on a work placement in a real-world environment, supported by experts in our hired@UCB employability team. By completing this industry-recognised qualification, you could progress onto many different roles such as early years educator or teaching assistant, as well as gaining UCAS points to enable your progression onto study at university.

Find out more about T-levels here.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Boost your skills – Build key skills and knowledge related to education and childcare, as well as enhancing your English, maths and digital skills
  • Work placement – Get to know the world of work and gain essential industry experience through a work placement
  • Recognised qualification – Our Education and Childcare T-level has been designed in collaboration with businesses to ensure your skills meet employers’ needs and expectations

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Uniform and kit costs

This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £30. Please be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.  

You may be eligible for The Learner Support fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our  Financial Support for College Students page.

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

To achieve this qualification, you must successfully demonstrate your achievement of the Core Component and Occupational Specialism Component. 

Assessment is the process of measuring skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification.

The Core Component is 100% externally assessed. The assessment consists of:

  • Paper A written examination
  • Paper B written examination
  • Employer-set project

The Occupational Specialism Components are also externally assessed, except for the observation element, which is internally marked and externally moderated by NCFE.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements

  • Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English Language and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or Functional Skills Level 2.
  • Alternatively, you will require a relevant Level 2 qualification (must also include English Language and maths at grade 4/C or Functional Skills Level 2) or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the early years and care sector.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Year 1

  • Core knowledge and understanding
  • Supporting Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Wellbeing
  • Behaviour
  • Parents, Families and Carers
  • Working with Others
  • Child Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Reflective Practice
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • English as an Additional Language

Year 2

  • Occupational Specialism (Early Years Educator)
  • Supporting and promoting children’s play, development and early education
  • Developing relationships with children to facilitate their development
  • Planning, providing and reviewing care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
  • Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of children
  • Working in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

Work placements will provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers are looking for and develop a better understanding of the workplace. You will complete a minimum of 750 hours in a real working environment.

Placements are organised by a specialised team of employability tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning to practice
  • Gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make you more likely to gain employment and be successful in your chosen occupation, which benefits you and the workforce.

Careers (NV)


Achieving this T-level qualification will allow you to progress onto the following roles:

  • Early years practitioner
  • Early years educator
  • Education technician
  • Primary, secondary or tertiary teaching and support assistant

This qualification carries UCAS points, allowing you to progress onto a university degree, such as our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) degree at University College Birmingham.


The team at hired@UCB – our student placements and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can also help you develop your work-related skills.

Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – our University recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.