A T Level is split into three main sections:
- technical qualification (TQ) is the main, classroom-based element. Students will learn about their chosen sectors through a curriculum designed by employers and developed by an awarding organisation (AO).
- industry placement runs for a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) overall and will give students practical insights into their sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
- English, maths and digital provision are also built into the classroom-based element of the T Level, meaning students will be given a solid foundation of transferable skills.
Education and Early Years
The core element of a T Level in education and early years will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding in a broad range of topics such as child development, safeguarding and special educational needs, as well as learning about the role of families and support agencies. It’s a diverse and fascinating subject, and you’ll be able to delve into the specifics of social interaction, how language is acquired and understanding behaviour. You’ll also build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner with an understanding of the broader context of education.
You’ll then be able to choose a specialism, which is designed to support your interests and ambitions to progress in a specific area. This is where you can get deeper into your chosen subject, developing and practising the skills needed for an occupation.
TQ occupational specialisms and expected year of delivery
- Early years educator - 2020
- Assisting teaching - 2020
Date approved – 1 April 2020
Available from – September 2020
Awarding Organisation - NCFE
Outline Content - Education and early years
There are no mandatory additional requirements
Provider information - T Levels information for educators
Outline Content provider for reference only please visit NCFE for the current TQ information
The overall grade is subject to completion of all T Level requirements – not just the components of the technical qualification (TQ).
T Level grades are worked out from students’ grades for the technical qualification core and occupational specialisms. For example: to be awarded a Distinction*, you must achieve an A* in the core and a Distinction in the occupational specialism(s).
To ensure fairness, the tables are slightly different for different T Levels depending on the size of the core component and occupational specialisms (OS), based on the guided learning hours (GLH).
Occupational Specialism(s) GLH
545 -556 (550 average)
As well as passing the relevant technical qualification, the following elements are required to achieve an overall T Level grade:
- industry placement: This will be arranged and verified by the provider offering the T Level. For more guidance on next steps for provider visit GOV.UK
- students are required to work towards improving attainment in maths and English if they have not already achieved grade 4 at GCSE or equivalent. Where students have attained, or attain during the course of the T Level, maths and or English qualifications at level 2, this will be referenced on any T Level certificates and/or statements of achievement
Students who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed.