Education and Childcare Technical Qualification
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded to the contract to deliver the CACHE developed Technical Qualification (TQ) for the Education and Childcare T Level. The contract was awarded to NCFE by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. As the leading sector specialists, CACHE is ideally placed to develop this qualification and we are very excited to be part of this new direction for technical education.
This announcement signifies another important milestone in CACHE’s long heritage in supporting the education and childcare sector with gold-standard qualifications. We would like to thank the sector for the huge amount of support offered to us throughout this process and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure the future quality of provision in education and childcare.
What is a T Level?
This qualification will form part of the first wave of T Levels alongside other pathways in the Construction and Digital Skills sectors. T Levels signify a big change in technical education as they will become one of the main choices for students post-16, alongside A levels and apprenticeships. Equivalent to 3 A levels, the 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to ensure the content prepares learners for the world of work and meets industry needs. They will offer learners a mixture of classroom learning and industry placement with the first 3 routes being delivered from September 2020.
What is the CACHE Technical Qualification element of the T Level?
The CACHE developed Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and 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 3 occupational specialisms within the qualification, these are; Early Years Education and Childcare, Assisting Teaching, and Supporting and Mentoring Students in Further and Higher Education, all of which will consist of both classroom-based and practical learning.
Will the education T Level provide a licence to practice upon successful completion?
Learners who successfully achieve the Early Years Education and Childcare occupational specialism will be counted in the employment ratios for childcare.
What is a Wave 1 provider (early adopter)?
A Wave 1 provider (early adopter) is part of a group of providers in the sector that have already expressed an interest in delivering the T Level and who have been selected and approved by the DfE to pilot the new qualification in September 2020. A list of the approved Wave 1 providers is HERE.
How can my centre apply to be in the next phase (Wave 2) of T Level providers?
If you would like to deliver a T Level in 2021 to 2022 academic year (Wave 2) you will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the DfE. All the information you need, and the criteria that apply, can be found HERE. The DfE deadline to submit an EOI is 28 February 2019.