WHAT ARE T LEVELS?
- T levels are a new type of qualification that focus on high-level technical study and work-ready skills.
- They have been developed to offer a quality alternative to A levels and will provide young people with a clear route to skilled employment, as well as progression to higher or degree Apprenticeships, or degree-level study at university.
- T levels will combine the career focus and practical elements of current technical and professional qualifications like BTECs and NVQs, with the theory and study of traditional A levels.
- A core component of the T level qualification is an industry-based placement, where students will apply the theory they learn in the classroom to the workplace and develop the essential work-ready skills that employers are looking for.
- T levels will begin through a phased approach in 2020, and will eventually be available in 15 subject areas that relate to important sectors of the economy including engineering, manufacturing, law, accounting, construction, finance, health, science and creative design – all which offer excellent career opportunities.
WHY HAVE T LEVELS BEEN DEVELOPED?
- To provide a highly credible, academically rigorous alternative to A levels.
- To ensure that young people have learnt the skills they need to hit the ground running when they start a job after college and have a firm basis to progress in their career or higher
- Because employers across a range of industries really need the competencies and attributes that will be taught on T level courses, so students who complete this qualification will
be in high demand for some of the best jobs.
HOW ARE T LEVELS TAUGHT?
- T levels take two years to complete and are a lot like A levels; in fact, they have an even wider scope because, as well as a high level of classroom-based learning, students will develop the practical skills needed to actually carry out a job in their chosen subject area.
- To be accepted on a T level course, students will need 5 GCSEs at grade 9-5, including English and maths.
- Assessment will take place through a combination of exams, coursework, workplace observations, an employer project and an end-point assessment.
- In order to pass the qualification, students must have fully completed the industry placement element of the course and gained the necessary level of work experience which will be validated by an employer.
- When completed, the qualification will be worth the same as three A levels and carry the equivalent UCAS points.
- An industry placement, during which students will gain valuable work experience, is an essential part of the T level qualification. Between 45 – 60 days in an industry placement will be completed throughout the two-year course.
- This level of work experience means students will develop the workplace skills that employers are looking for, and also gain a clear idea about what the job they want to do will involve.
- If students work hard and develop a good relationship with their work experience employer, they have a valuable opportunity to secure future employment.
WHO ARE T LEVELS FOR?
T levels will be a great choice for students who:
- aspire to achieve an advanced level of technical excellence in a chosen career pathway.
- value the opportunity to develop their technical skills within both the classroom and the workplace.
- are keen to experience the world of work and develop their employability skills.
- wish to start a career in a more advanced role, or would like to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship or a degree course at university.
WHEN WILL T LEVELS BE AVAILABLE?
- Fareham College will be offering T levels in Digital Production, Design & Development and Education & Childcare from September 2020. Students entering Year 10 this academic year (2018/19) will be able to apply for a T level course in these specialisms.
- If you are interested in T levels please visit one of our Open Events to find out more, or contact our Careers Centre Advisors on 01329 815 200.