Why Should I Study This Course?
This could be for you if you are fairly certain you want to work in Early Years Childcare or Education. This is a full time course which will be taken alone in Sixth Form. Equivalent to 3 A levels, the 2-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure the content prepares learners for the world of work and meets industry needs. It is a mixture of classroom learning and industry placement. Due to the demands and size of this course students must have achieved a GCSE Grade 4 minimum in English Language and Maths.
What Would I Study?
Core Content: Childcare & Education 0-19; Child Development; Supporting Education; Safeguarding; Health & Safety and Well-being; Behaviour, Observation & Assessment; Equality & Diversity; Special Educational Needs & Disability; English as Additional Language; Parents, Families & Carers; Working with Others; Reflective Practice.
Skills Developed: Support & promote children's play, development & early education; Develop relationships with children to facilitate development; Plan, provide & review care, play & educational opportunities; Safeguard & promote wellbeing of children; Work with colleagues, parents, carers & others to support children's development.
How and When is it Assessed?
Core content is assessed through an external examination and a substantial employer set project in late Year 12 or Year 13.
Occupational Specialism content is assessed through practical assignments whilst on placement (minimum of 315 hours compulsory on placement). Skills will be assessed in Year 13.
All assessments must be achieved to gain the qualification overall.
Where Can This Course Take me?
The Occupational Specialist Content in the Early Years Education and Childcare covers knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve threshold competence. It is anticipated that some students will want to progress direct to employment using this qualification. Opportunities are available in many services including Early Years providers both in the statutory, private and third sectors. When they complete a T Level study programme, students will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study including higher level apprenticeships and higher education. UCAS points have been awarded to T Levels and they will support entry to University in a related qualification.