Overview of the course
If you’d like to work with children, this programme is for you! Passionate, motivated and qualified professionals are always in demand to fill roles as primary teachers, nursery managers, hospital play specialists and more, making a real difference to a young person’s future.
Delivered by expert tutors and industry specialists, this programme will broaden your options; you’ll cover a variety of topics, so that when it comes to employment, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to go wherever your ambitions take you, whether that’s setting up your own nursery, or becoming a primary school teacher.
Equivalent to three A Levels, this two-year programme has also been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so you can rest assured that that the content is relevant and up to date.
You’ll spend 20% of your time on an industry placement plus some additional hours to meet Early Years Educator requirements, giving you vital experience in the world of work and a CV to wow future employers. Your employer may also provide you with that invaluable first reference, whilst a number of our students have also been offered full-time contracts following successful Industry Placements.
What you'll learn
Topics covered include:
• Parents, Families & Carers
• Child Development
• Special Educational Needs & Disability
On your Industry Placement, you’ll experience life in the Education & Childcare sector, and then depending on where your ambitions lie, you’ll take it to the next level, focusing on an occupational specialism: Early Years Educator or Teaching Assistant.
Elements of Study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
• Study of your chosen vocational subject - 80% of your programme
• Employability skills, such as punctuality, attendance, communication and team work but most especially the values and expectations of your chosen occupational sector
• Industry Placement, giving you a taste of working life – 20% of your programme
• Tutorial and personal development, such as healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills
The Industry Placement is at the heart of your T Level; you’ll experience an extended sector-specific Industry Placement, completing a high-level project with an employer, for 20% of your programme. You’ll be supported throughout by your own dedicated Workplace Coordinator, which means that on completion of your course, you’ll be work ready, with the qualifications and experience to progress to either your dream career or university!
A minimum of five GCSEs, including Maths and English grades 4 and above.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed via a mixture of assignments, employer-set projects and exam(s).
The sole purpose of a T Level is to prepare you for employment and a dynamic career. Due to the broad range of topics covered on the Education & Childcare T Level, you’ll be equipped for a career in a variety of settings. You could work as a:
• Primary School Teacher, earning up to £40,000 per year
• Early Years Teacher, earning up to £30,000 per year
• Nursery Manager, earning up to £32,000 per year
As the T Level is equivalent to three A Levels, you could even decide to progress to university or a paid Apprenticeship, if you choose.
Supporting your learning and wellbeing
We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university; taking part in our enrichment programme will enhance your prospects in all of these situations, giving you a CV to wow! You’ll benefit from:
• Inspiring trips and experiences
• Meetings with industry experts
• Visits to leading companies in your sector
As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, these experiences will show that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, allowing you make a lasting impression when it matters the most!
We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy. Not only will they improve your health and wellbeing, they’re a great way to mix with other students and make friends!
As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor, supporting you throughout your time at College. You’ll also have access to a Careers Coach and Workplace Coordinator - they’ll help you to manage your studies; oversee your progress; aid in your personal development; and enrich your learning, giving you exposure to not only employers, but leading companies in your sector. You’ll benefit from masterclasses, industry visits and project-based learning, and they’ll also support you with CV writing, personal statements, mock interviews and more, so that when it comes to the crunch, you have the skills and confidence to impress.
Why choose us?
We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.
What sets our programmes apart is the opportunity to put the things you learn about your chosen industry into practice, through work experience or an Industry Placement. Supporting you to be well prepared for this experience is our highest priority.
Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, and you’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our £75 million campus offers a newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a theatre and dance studios; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen. You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
How to apply?
Click the ‘Apply’ button. Log in to your Learner Hub account (you will be able to create an account if you do not already have one) so that you can track your application and enrol online in August. If you have any difficulties please contact us via Live Chat from any of our website pages
Due to current circumstances, we’re working on content for our Virtual Open Events – you can register now for the events, which will be available from Monday 16th November 2020 and can be viewed any time after this date.
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You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.