T Level Foundation: Education

T Level / Level 2

Brand new T Level Foundation course that is the first step on a three year path to achieving a T Level in Education

Course Duration

1 year programme to help you develop the skills you need to progress onto the Level 3 Education and Childcare T Level: Early Years Educator


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including either GCSE Mathematics or English Language at Grade 4.

Minimum grade 3 in the other GCSE or core subject, or Merit at Level 2 Vocational Programme and English and Maths requirements above.



This Level 2 course will help you develop knowledge, skills and behaviours across five key areas to prepare you for your career in Early Years Education.

You will learn industry-relevant technical knowledge and skills related to supporting early years teaching, safeguarding, health and safety, developing childhood behaviour and different job roles.

You will complete a small project in your chosen area – for example, working to find a solution to a real industry problem.

• Learn about different T Levels and career options and get help to choose the right path for you. Knowledge and skills for the workplace

• Develop the knowledge and behaviours to excel in the workplace and the skills that employers value most, like communication and teamwork.

• Put this into practice with high-quality work experience – you will have opportunities to meet employers and experience real workplaces – getting you ready for the T Level industry placement. Positive attitude and behaviours

• Take ownership of your development – you will get help to set goals and plan how to achieve them, plus regular feedback to stay on track.

• Develop practical strategies to build your confidence and resilience.

• Get opportunities for enrichment activities – for example, volunteering in your chosen area or taking part in a social action project. Skills for successful study

• Learn how to study effectively – you will develop strategies to plan your learning and manage your time.

• Build your confidence with opportunities to practise the types of assessments you will encounter at T Level – from practicals to projects. English, maths and digital skills

• Learn how to apply the English, maths and digital skills that matter in your chosen industry

• Continue working towards achieving a GCSE grade 4 in English or Maths if you do not already have this.



• Written examination

• Observation of developing skills

• Route Based Project

• The combined results from these sub-components will be put together to form the overall rating of Bronze/Silver/Gold

• You will also be required to undertake 2 weeks Industry Placement


Career Progression

Learners who complete this pathway and achieve a Silver in addition to grade 4 English or Maths GCSE will progress to the Level 3 T Level in Education and Childcare.

This is designed as past of a 3 year pathway. Learners can also progress into work in an early years setting following this course.