T Levels: What You Should Know

From September 2020, students will be introduced to another post 16 option, T Levels. T Levels are changing the future of technical education for 16-18 year olds. These two year programmes follow on from GCSEs and offer a viable alternative to A Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships.

Employer, businesses and qualifications have combined to ensure the course content meets industry requirements to help better prepare young people for life after education. Unlike A Levels, T Levels will combine classroom learning with learning ‘on the job’ which involves an industry placement of a minimum of 315 hours.

During your industry placement, you’ll gain vital experience in the workplace while building your understanding of the industry and developing skills which will help you become career ready! T Levels open up various opportunities into further education, employment or an apprenticeship.

What T Level Qualifications Can I Do?

T Level qualifications will be available in the following subject areas:

  • accountancy
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • catering
  • animal care and management
  • building services engineering
  • design, surveying and planning
  • cultural heritage and visitor attractions
  • digital business services
  • design, development and control
  • craft and design
  • education
  • digital production, design and development
  • financial
  • digital support and services
  • health
  • science
  • HR
  • healthcare science
  • legal
  • hair, beauty and aesthetics
  • maintenance, installation and repair
  • onsite construction
  • media, broadcast and production
  • manufacturing and process
  • management and administration

How Do T Levels Differ From Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships involve 80% in the workplace getting paid and just 20% of the time studying towards a qualification. T Levels involve more study time and just 315 hours, which is roughly 45 days, in the working environment.

What Will T Levels Be Made up Of?

T Levels will be made up of a technical qualification which focuses on the theory as well as skills, behaviours and knowledge covering the overall industry and a specific job role. You’ll also undertake a sector placement with an employer. If you haven’t already achieved English or maths qualifications at GCSE level then you’ll also work towards gaining these.

T Levels will be graded as pass, merit or distinction while your nationally recognised certificate will also show what you have successfully achieved within the course.

Why are T Levels being created?

T Levels are being created as a solution to the challenge of a technical skills shortage that the UK labour market currently faces. T Levels through technical education and an industry placement will help fresh talent to meet their career aspirations and ensure they are ready for the world of work.

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