16-18 Courses

Level 3 T Level NCFE CACHE Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Ardleigh Green Campus, Epping Forest Campus, Redbridge Campus
  • Qualification

    16-18 Courses
  • Subject

    Early Years
  • Schedule

    Timetable Dependant (Day)
  • Duration

    72 weeks
  • Course Target


Course Fees

No fees

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at 4 or above and must include English and Maths
  • Where there are specific subjects required at GCSE we can discuss your grades with you when you come to enrol


NEW for September

T-Levels are new Technical courses - which are equivalent to three A Levels. T-Levels - combine classroom theory, practical learning and industry placement of at least 45 days with an employer, to make sure you have a real experience of the workplace.

They provide the knowledge and experience needed for skilled employment, higher education and apprenticeships. You will spend 3 days per week in college and will be taught the theory elements of the course. 2 days a week in Industry placement to learn practical skills and demonstrate competencies needed to work with children.

How will this course be structured?

Year 1: Core component content

  • Wider Context
  • 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


  • 2 written examinations (paper A and B)
  • Employer-Set Project (ESP)

Grading: A* - E and Ungraded (U)

Year 2:

Occupational specialism: Early Years Educator


  • Support and promote children's play, development and early education.
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development.
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress.
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children's development.


3 Synoptic assignments

Grading: Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded (U)

Industry Placement: Take places during year 1 and 2

You will attend a weekly industry placement in external education and childcare provider throughout your course.

Through this placement you will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learnt in the classroom to real-life situations and develop key technical skills. Across the 2 years course, you will complete a minimum of 750 hours.

Further Information

  • Employment
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeship
  • Higher level of technical study, including higher education
  • Primary school teaching.
  • Primary, Secondary, Supportive role

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