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Aims of the course:

This T Levels allows you direct access to work with regional organisations and partners to achieve the best possible experiences in education and childcare. Benefitting from our partnership as a World Class School, and as a leading regional trainer in education through the Vantage Teaching Schools Hub, students will experience high quality teaching and learning alongside industry specialists.

As the largest Catholic Trust in the country, our partnership with 15 regional schools ensures that all work experience is integral to the course and gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice. During these placements students will also develop the skills necessary for a future career within the Education and Child Care sector. By applying independent research skills students are encouraged to reflect on their attributes and own professional development throughout the course.

What are lessons like?

Students receive engaging input lessons that involve discussion, group work and presentations. An industry-based project is then required, allowing students to develop excellent organisational and independent research skills. This applies theories reviewed in class into practical applications. Lessons also include taught content to support external assessments. Two core exams will develop the overall A level equivalent grade, Core Exam A in Year 12, and Core Exam B in Year 13. Students will also complete synoptic assignments (coursework) throughout the two years.

Compulsory Units Studied

Students will select one pathway to complete this T Level qualification at the time of enrolment. Numbers are limited in each area.

Occupational specialisms:

• Early Years Educator
• Assisting Teaching
• Supporting and Mentoring Students in Educational Settings

Work experience placements

The course includes a compulsory placement requiring 315 hours or approximately 45 days of work experience over the two years for the occupational specialisms of Assisting Teaching and Supporting and Mentoring Students in Educational Settings. However, for the occupational specialism of Early Years Education this is an additional 435 hours required, meaning they require a compulsory total of 750 hours across two years.

For all placements, a full DBS check will be carried out in advance of starting the course. In addition, some placement providers may require proof of COVID vaccination status and successful review of health guidelines to support these placement opportunities and safeguard students accordingly. This will give you the opportunity to put theory into practice and enable you to bring together learning from other units of study.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed over two years, in a variety of ways including two externally assessed exams and industry-based projects to put theory into practice.

Each component will be assessed from a grade A* to U. Students must achieve the minimum pass grades in each area to be successful during this T level.

Students will also complete synoptic assignments (coursework) throughout the two years. This includes a case study assessment, two practical assessments and a professional discussion.

These assignments are assessed using a pass, merit, and distinction grading. Students must achieve the minimum pass grades in each area to be successful during this T level.

Where can this course lead to?

This course enables students to progress onto university or to start an apprenticeship or career in Health and Social Care. This can support students progressing directly into employment, or degrees and apprenticeships in primary teaching - early childhood studies and teaching assistants – to name just a few!

Why choose to study Health & Social Care at St Mary’s?

As a Health & Social Care student, you will benefit from one day of work experience per week in busy and stimulating settings. This includes benefitting from our strong regional partnership as St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust where we work directly with 15 schools locally. As leaders in education, through our accredited World Class Schools status as well as through our Vantage Teaching Schools Hub, this T level allows you access to the highest quality of training.

You will receive both pastoral and professional mentoring that will help us tailor placements to meet your needs and career preferences. Our aim is to support the region to recruit and retain the brightest and best talent in this area, and to grow a local education workforce for the future.