T Levels are coming
Yeovil College has been selected along with only 64 providers nationally from a competitive Government process to commence delivery of T Levels from September 2021.
T levels are a new Advanced Level qualification equivalent to 3 full A Levels, introduced by the Government as part of the Post 16 Education reform. The prestigious T Levels are Level 3 technical programmes which will sit alongside, A Level, Apprenticeship and some Applied General qualifications.
T Levels are being developed in partnership with Government, business and education and are being designed to create the skilled workforce to meet the needs of our economy, now and in the future.
With the introduction of T Levels, the government aims not only to create a more skilled and able workforce in the future but also to streamline technical education and prioritise skills that sit within 15 industry ‘routes’.
What is in a T Level?
As part of the T Level programme, students will complete a mandatory Industry Placement (averaging 350 hours, with a minimum of 315 hours) to help confirm career direction, contextualise new skills and knowledge, and develop attitudes and behaviours needed in the sector specific workplace. Yeovil College was selected as one of only 21 colleges to pilot the new industry placements and found the extended placement to be incredibly beneficial for all learners participating. Many learners upon completing their placements were offered permanent roles at the end of their studies and it helped all learners understand the theory within their learning better because they were able to put it into practice.
T Levels embed employer led standards and content which has been incorporated into the programme by the business and education partnerships developing
T Levels with government.
Each of the new T Levels, regardless which of the 15 industry routes a learner completes, equips them with the numeracy, literacy, digital and wider transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in the career pathway within the chosen T Level and the future workplace.
Each T Level route contains the following components:
- A Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main, classroom-based element. This is where students learn about their chosen sectors through a curriculum designed by employers;
- An Industry Placement runs for a minimum of 315 hours overall and will give students practical insights into their sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom;
- English, Maths & Digital provision is also built into the classroom-based element of the T Level, meaning students will be given a solid foundation of transferable skills. By the end of the programme, students will need to have achieved a Level 2 English and Maths (Grade 4);
- Any license to practice for that occupation;
- Enrichment and tutorial time.
The additional content and rigour, which will characterise T Levels, means that they will require a full five day commitment each week and study beyond that to succeed with independent study tasks.
The government department – The Institute for Apprenticeships – is responsible for the development and implementation of T Levels and lots more information is available at www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/t-levels/what-are-t-levels/
If you are interested in exploring any of the new T Level routes commencing between 2021 and 2023 at Yeovil College, you will need to join us at an Information Evening to receive the information, advice and guidance needed to make an informed decision about studying a T Level.
T Level routes available from September 2021
T Level routes available from September 2022 and 2023
- Business and Administration
- Catering & Hospitality
- Engineering & Manufacturing
- Hair and Beauty
- Legal and Finance and Accounting.
The exact roll out date for each of these routes has not yet been confirmed by government but will all be by 2023.