T-Levels provide an alternative option for students that have recently completed their GCSEs, acting as the midway point between A-Levels and an apprenticeship.
Unlike an apprenticeship where you would spend 80% of your time in the workplace or A-Levels where you would spend all your time in a classroom, T-Levels will require 20% of your time to be spent in the workplace, and the rest in a classroom. This offers students the perfect balance between formal education and hands-on experience.
T-Levels are the equivalent to 3 A-Levels and take the same 2-year period to complete. The difference to A-Levels is that T-Levels are more vocational-based, meaning that after completing the 2-year course, you will be prepared to jump straight into skilled employment. This is because you will get first-hand experience seeing how your learning impacts your abilities in the workplace.
The time spent in the workplace comes as a 45-day industry placement, which will allow you to put your skills into practice and give you a taste of what working will be like in that field.
The government created T-levels with businesses in mind, so you know the skills you are learning are appropriate for today’s market. This means you can be confident about taking on a job role in the future, and it gives you a great chance at finding the right job so you can reach your future potential.
Having that great opportunity means you will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject area before making decisions about your future career path.
T-Level courses include three compulsory components: a technical qualification, an industry placement, and a minimum standard in English and maths (if not already achieved). After completing a T-Level, students will have several options available, including entering skilled employment, apprenticeships, or higher education.
T-Levels are graded at pass, merit, distinction or distinction*, with each grade allocated UCAS points to help students easily access higher education. Students who don’t meet the minimum requirements to pass all components of their T-Level will still receive a statement of achievement. This statement will highlight all the elements they managed to complete.
T-levels are pretty new, so don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of them. They are one of the many new government ideas that could dramatically shape the way you learn.
Initially, T-Levels will be limited to three subject areas at a select number of schools and colleges across England. One such subject area available in September 2020 is Design, Surveying, and Planning for Construction. This T-Level will help students get to grips with the core foundations of the construction industry, key principles of design, and the importance of technology and sustainability.
If a T-Level in the construction industry doesn’t feel right for you, you may be more suited to the course in Education and Childcare. This T-Level will give students the chance to study child development, the core principles of the education system, and interesting topics such as safeguarding and special education needs.
The final T-Level subject available in September 2020 is Digital Production, Design and Development. This course will give students the chance to get to grips with the essentials behind all types of digital roles by learning about data, how business and software interact as well as digital security and legal issues.
Over the next three years, the government plans to expand T-Levels to cover 24 different subjects. Eventually, there will be subjects to suit everyone, ranging from agriculture to beauty and education to catering.
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To find T-Levels in your area, go to the Government’s dedicated website.