T Levels: Education and childcare

Love learning - and inspiring others to be their best?

You'll probably be considering a career in teaching.

T Levels are the perfect launchpad for working with children.

As an educator you'll have one of the most important jobs.

You'll play a crucial role in helping youngsters to shine - and shape our world.

If you want to make a big impact as an early years practitioner or primary school teacher, talk to us about T Levels.

Why T Levels?

  • Core industry skills and knowledge
  • The equivalent UCAS points to 3 A Levels - getting you ready for a job or higher education
  • Specialist skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen career
  • A minimum 315-hour (45 day) industry placement with an employer
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills

Entry requirements

To get on your T Level course you'll need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

Need to level up your English and Maths?

If you've got a GCSE Grade 3 in English and Maths, get started with our one-year course - Education and Childcare - Pre-T Level.

This course includes up to two GCSE resits. Complete it with a GCSE Grade 4 or higher in English and Maths and you'll be ready for your T Level with B&FC.

Why B&FC

  • Student achievement in the nation’s top 10%
  • Dedicated simulation suites to support skills development including early years training and primary teaching suite
  • Weekly skills sessions with industry specialists
  • Access to high-tech industry-standard resources
  • Amazing Children, Young People and Families industry placements with key Lancashire employers such as Sacred Heart Preschool, Carleton Childcare, Treetops, Layton Hill Nursery and Blackpool Children’s Centres.
  • Formally endorsed by St John Vianney Primary School and Marton Primary School.

Which course should I choose?

If you want to work with infants between 0 and 5, choose the Early Years Education T Level.

To work with older children up to secondary school age, choose the Primary School Teaching T Level.

Career pathways

Early years education

On successful completion of the Early Years Education T Level you'll get the licence you need to work in that sector.

Alternatively you might consider continuing your studies on degrees such as B&FC’s Early Childhood Studies or our upcoming BA (Hons) Education (subject to validation).

Roles for you might include:

  • Childminding
  • Pre-school assistant
  • Nanny
  • Nursery worker

Salaries vary.

Primary school teaching

Following your Primary School Teaching T Level you'll be ready for our upcoming BA (Hons) Education (subject to validation) course.

Complete that degree and roles available include:

  • Pastoral teacher
  • Support worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Nursery manager
  • Education welfare officer

Then all you need to get started in primary school teaching is a one-year Qualified Teacher Status course available at either Lancaster University of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

  • The average salary for a newly qualified primary school teacher (NQT) salary is about £28,900
  • 3,100 annual job openings in the North West
  • 57,616 jobs in the North West

What schools and nurseries say

While developing these T Levels we worked closely with two local schools to make sure that our students learned skills required to slot straight in when they start extended industry placements. And the response from schools has been great.

Paula Saxon from Marton Primary School said: "As a team we were delighted with the T Level qualifications.

"They're in depth and up to date and address all our school's expectations.

"The core curriculum for both programmes meets the requirements and expectations for the level stated. We believe the structure and delivery timeframes to be appropriate.

"We particularly liked the clear focus on the technical skills, competences, attitudes and behaviours to be developed alongside the curriculum in both cases and believe this will enhance the learner’s ability to work as part of the team and also have the confidence to work professionally with parents and carers and other professionals.

"The general competences for English, mathematics and digital will benefit them greatly for the role and it will develop their understanding of why we use specific programmes and resources within our school and nursery to enhance the children’s learning and to communicate effectively with parents and families.

"It will support consistency for the children within the setting where they are using the correct technical language for each area."

Nursery teacher Andrea Couzins from Blackpool's St John Vianney said: "The curriculum content for T Level training is well thought out and covers an excellent range of skills.  

"The core skills, attitudes and behaviours content within the T Level training is well structured and covers all the key skills needed to be a reliable member of a team."

Next steps

To find out more about T Levels:

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
Disabled Confident
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