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Are you thinking about a future working in education? Do you want to work with and support children and young people?

T Levels are a new, exciting, innovative, technical study programme designed with employers to give you the skills that the childcare and education industry needs. This 2-year full-time course combines learning in the classroom with gaining vital ‘on-the-job’ experience.

This is a two-year course which is equivalent to three A Levels. It will allow you to develop your knowledge across topics such as child development, safeguarding and special educational needs, as well as learning about the role of families and support agencies. These topics allow you to explore the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour.  

T Level in Education and Childcare will provide you with a licence to practice and progression into skilled employment, Higher Education or apprenticeship.

You will develop an understanding of:

  • understanding the Education and Early Years sector from ages 0 to 19
  • child development
  • how to support children and young people’s education
  • safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • understanding and managing behaviour
  • observing and assessing children and young people
  • equality and diversity
  • special educational needs and disability
  • English as an additional language
  • working with parents, carers and wider families
  • working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
  • reflective practice and other forms of professional development


You will also take part in industry placements to gain experience in the workplace.


Year one: You will sit two written exams covering the core content as well as an employer set project. 

Year two: You will undertake different synoptic assignments, for the Early Years Educator pathway one assessment will involve observations on work placement.

Experience in the workplace

Industry placements are intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation which are less easily attainable by doing a qualification alone.


If you choose the Early Years Educator specialism, this will enable you to enter the workplace as a qualified Level 3 Early Years Educator.

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education and childcare. The course may lead to continuing education at university or directly to employment, careers may include primary teaching, child psychology, playworker, learning mentor, social work, early years practitioner or teaching assistant as well as Special educational needs teaching assistant.

If you need any further information about studying NCFE CACHE T-Level Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years please contact:

Ms Scott-




NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education

The Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of child development, education and care, which will allow them to progress to study in further education, higher education or join the workplace as an apprentice.

This qualification is the equivalent to one A-Level.

You will develop an understanding of:

  • diverse childcare settings and the role of the childcare professional
  • roles, responsibilities, skills and attributes for working in childcare settings
  • types and functions of childcare services
  • significant milestones and relevant theories related to human development
  • educational frameworks and how they are applied to optimise positive outcomes for children and young people
  • relevant legislation and statutory guidance
  • approaches to play and the impact of play on learning, wellbeing and development.

Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education is for students with an interest in childcare and early years who wish to progress to higher education.


Student will complete 5 mandatory units and 2 external assessments-
External assessment short answer examination and a controlled extended assessment


This qualification will prepare students to progress to higher education and apprenticeship courses such as an Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or Early Years Educator, which leads to vocationally related employment in early years and childcare with a licence to practice.

Career opportunities:

Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables students to prepare for employment in job roles such as:

  • Assistant in children's centres
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Preschool worker.



Post 16 Level 2 courses:

We offer 2 options at Queen Katharine academy, an extended diploma in health and social care and Early Years Practitioner both courses allow progression to A levels or moving straight into the workforce.


Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care provide students with knowledge and understanding across a range of key subject areas in health and social care. The course enables student to progress to the Level 3 Certificate and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, further learning at Level 3 and above, or assist with progression into the workplace.

Students will be able to achieve the Extended Diploma in one year.

You will develop an understanding of:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Working in HSC
  • Mental Health
  • Creative activities
  • Nutrition


Students must achieve 5 mandatory units and 2 optional units. All units within these qualifications are internally graded A*- D.


These qualifications provide direct progression to our Level 3 Certificate and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. These qualifications do not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  •  Care support workers in adult residential settings
  • Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
  • Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
  • Community based support workers


NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

The course provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. Upon successful completion of this qualification students can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma holding Early Years Educator status.

This level 2 qualification is ideal for students looking to work with children between birth and 5 years and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years.

You will develop an understanding of:

  • Child development
  • Children’s health and wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Preparing children for school
  • Play
  • Activity planning
  • Supporting behaviour
  • Supporting children with SEN
  • Healthy lifestyles


Students will complete a practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Students complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Skills based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.


This qualification allows progression on to the T-Level Education and Early years Early Years Educator qualifications and other relevant Level 3 qualifications relating to early years and childcare. Students completing this qualification will be counted in ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce
support progression into a range of job roles such as:

  • nursery practitioner
  • classroom assistant
  • preschool practitioner

If you need any further information about studying Level 2 courses, please contact
Ms Scott-



Post 16: Level 3

Level 3 Health and social care Certificate (1 A level) Extended diploma (3 A levels)

You can study a certificate over 1 or 2 years and an extended diploma over 2 years.

The Extended Diploma has been designed to support progression to a range of job roles within the health and social care sector. The high level of knowledge and skills required to achieve this qualification enables you to progress to Higher Education within health and social care or a related field of study, as well as further learning at university and beyond.

This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to the health and social care sector, and supports progression into Higher Education and the workplace.

You will need to complete 14 mandatory units and four optional units to achieve this qualification, some of the mandatory units are:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Reflective practice

There is a wide range of optional units, allowing you to pursue an interest in the specific areas of Social Care, the link below takes you to the specific key facts about the qualification.

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care | NCFE

This course can provide the necessary UCAS points to enable you to progress to university to study numerous related topics such as Midwifery and Nursing, or move into many other areas of study such as Primary or Special needs teaching.

Subject Leader:
Clare Scott

Subject teachers:
Anne Mason
Alia Hussain
Kelly Hodgson
Lisa Chapman
Maria Prior
Mandy Woodward