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The Next Level Qualification

T Levels are a revolution in technical education, and we are proud to be one of the few elite colleges in the South of England to be pioneering these new courses. Fareham College has been chosen by the Department for Education as one of only 52 colleges nationally who are offering these exciting new qualifications and we are committed to launching them this September.

The first T Level qualifications to be available at Fareham College from this September are:

  • Education & Childcare
  • Digital Production, Design & Development

What are T levels?

T Levels are a new qualification that focuses 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 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 begin in September 2020 and eventually will be available in 25 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 learn the skills they need to either go straight into employment after college and progress in their career or advance to higher-level study
  • Because employers across a range of industries require the competencies and attributes taught on T Level courses, therefore students who complete this qualification will be in huge demand for some of the best jobs.

Who are T Levels for?

T Levels are 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 onto a higher-level Apprenticeship or a degree course at university.

How are T Levels taught?

  • T Levels take two years to complete and are much 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 required to actually undertake a job in their chosen subject area
  • To be accepted onto a T Level course, students require five GCSEs at grade 9-5, including English and Maths
  • Assessment takes 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.

Industry placements

An industry placement, during which students will gain valuable work experience, is an essential part of the TLevel 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 involves. If students work hard and develop a good relationship with their work experience employer, they have a valuable opportunity to secure future employment.

Interested?

Please contact our Careers Centre Team for more information.
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