Education and Childcare (T Level)

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

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

The CACHE Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education & 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 2 occupational specialisms within the qualification, Early Years Education & Childcare and Assisting Teaching, both of which will consist of classroom-based and practical learning.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels, the course meets industry requirements and offers a mixture of classroom learning and industry placement. Learners who successfully achieve the Early Years Education & Childcare occupational specialism will be counted in the employment ratios for Childcare.

The programme will involve:

A core set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills tailored for the industry and occupation of choice, such as Safeguarding, Observing and Planning for Children’s Development and the Importance of Play

Industry and occupational specific content. Specialist content will ensure students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter employment

An industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Within the placement there will be an employer-set project

How will I be assessed?

Core knowledge and skills (concepts, theories and principles relevant to chosen industrial T Level) are assessed through an external examination and an employer set project. Occupational specialism (skills and behaviours required and demonstrated in placement to achieve threshold competence in an occupational specialism) assessed synoptically through practical assignments.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English and Maths.

Where can it take me?

T Levels provide several progression options. These include, skilled employment, an apprenticeship and higher education.
UCAS points will only be allocated to the overall T Level Grade. Students must achieve at least an overall Pass Grade to receive UCAS points.


Completing the qualification can lead to numerous roles, including Early Years Practitioner and Teaching Assistant, depending on the occupational specialism chosen.

Additional information

2 Years. We expect the total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over the 2 years, including the industry placement. This is a significant increase on most current technical education courses.

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