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


Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


750 hours


September (2021)


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Get an industry-recognised qualification equivalent to three A-levels

Clear route to progress into a skilled career or university study

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.

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Why choose this college 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
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Course breakdown

Topics you will 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

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be aged 16-19 to apply for this course.
  • 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.

Currently, T-level courses are only funded for 16-19 year old learners. However, the government is currently reviewing T-level pathway for mature learners, which we hope will be available for 2022 entry. If you would like to apply for Health & Social care course and you are a mature learner, please consider the following alternative course.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

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

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.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)


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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our education T-level course requires you to complete a minimum of 750 hours on placement in a real working environment. Our employability tutors will visit you out on placement to ensure you gain the right practical skills.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Adderley Children's Centre
  • St Thomas Centre Nursery
  • Busy Bees Nurseries
  • Laugh 'n' Learn Day Nursery
  • Lime Tree Children's Centre

We are extremely proud to have been chosen by the Government to deliver the T-level for Education and Childcare. Having the staff expertise and capacity to deliver this new and exciting qualification, we see it as an opportunity to be at the forefront of changes in the provision for young people's education.

Debbie Hocknull Assistant Dean of the School of Education, Health and Community

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Early years educator

Average Salary: £18,526

Teaching assistant

Average Salary: £23,000

Special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant

Average Salary: £17,789

Family support worker

Average Salary: £21,000


Average Salary: £32,500



Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) degree.


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