Education and Childcare T Level

As the leading sector specialists at the forefront of technical education, we are delighted to be delivering the Education and Childcare T Level from September 2020.

The contract was awarded to us by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in February 2019 and signifies another important milestone in our long heritage in supporting the education and childcare sector with gold-standard qualifications.

What is a T Level?

This qualification will form part of the first wave of T Levels alongside other pathways in the Construction and Digital Skills sectors. T Levels signify a big change in technical education as they will become one of the main choices for students post-16, alongside A levels and apprenticeships. Equivalent to 3 A levels, the 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure the content prepares learners for the world of work and meets industry needs. They will offer learners a mixture of classroom learning and industry placement with the first 3 routes being delivered from September 2020.

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What is the CACHE Technical Qualification element of the T Level?

The CACHE developed Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training or study in the education and childcare sector. There will be 3 occupational specialisms within the qualification, these are; Early Years Education and Childcare, Assisting Teaching, and Supporting and Mentoring Students in Further and Higher Education, all of which will consist of both classroom-based and practical learning.

Will the education T Level provide a licence to practice upon successful completion?

Learners who successfully achieve the Early Years Education and Childcare occupational specialism will be counted in the employment ratios for childcare.

Providers selected to deliver T Levels

A Wave 1 provider (early adopter) is part of a group of providers in the sector that have already expressed an interest in delivering the T Level and who have been selected and approved by the DfE to pilot the new qualification in September 2020. You can find a list of approved Wave 1 providers here.

In addition, the DfE has now announced the list of Wave 2 providers who will be delivering T Levels from 2021.