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T Levels

Courses start in September 2021.

T Levels are new courses, which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. They’ve been co-created by the industry you want to be a part of, so you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to leap ahead of the crowd and into your desired career.

Wakefield College will be offering T Levels from September 2021.

About the new T Level qualification

T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and minimum of 315 hours’ industry placement to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

The 2-year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and thoroughly prepare students for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or entry to university.

Key points
  • Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • 80% Classroom
  • 20% Industry Placement
  • Gain UCAS points
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Wakefield College will be offering T Levels from September 2021 in Construction, Digital, Education & Childcare, Engineering & Manufacturing and Management & Administration, and you can stay up to date with developments by registering below.

Welcome to the next level

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed with employers to give young people a head start towards the future they want.

12 August, 2020

T Levels Explainer Film

This exciting new graphical film presents some of the key facts about T Levels in an engaging and colourful format. Learn about T Levels in under a minute with this handy film.

15 September, 2020

T Levels Film For Students

In this short video the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills gives a helpful overview of T Levels for students.

15 September, 2020

T Levels Film For Parents

In this short video the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills gives a helpful overview of T Levels for parents.

15 September, 2020

T Level Course

Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction

About the Course

The core element of a T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction will boost your knowledge in a range of topics such as design principles, project management and health and safety. You’ll also learn about the commercial side of construction, including stakeholder management, business structures and entrepreneurship. And as the construction industry is always evolving, you’ll dive into the world of digital technology, innovation and sustainability, to understand how the industry will be shaped in the future.

You’ll then choose a specialism designed to support your interests, so you can get deeper into your chosen subject and build up the skills you need for your future job. You can choose from specialist modules in either Building Services Design, Civil Engineering or Surveying and Design.

Then you’ll be able to put everything you learn into practice, with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days. Giving you an amazing opportunity to work with an employer while you study, such as a construction company or civil engineer, and gain invaluable experience as well as key skills that employers are looking for.

Where could the course take me?

Following a T Level, you could progress straight into a skilled profession or continue your studies with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Career options might include becoming a Surveyor, Civil Engineer or Town Planner – speak to your careers adviser to find out more.

T Level industry placements - construction, Galliford Try Partnerships

T-Level digital support services students

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T Level Course

Digital Support Services

About the Course

The core element of a T Level in Digital Support & Services will boost your knowledge in a range of topics such as programming, coding, the use of data and the different platforms of delivery in the digital industry. It’s a cutting-edge subject, so you’ll also learn about the potential security risks that organisations can face and how to analyse problems and identify solutions through computer programs.

You’ll then specialise in Digital Support Services, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and build the skills you need for your future career.

Then you’ll be able to put everything you learn into practice, with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days. Giving you an amazing opportunity to work with an employer while you study, such as an IT company or department, and gain invaluable experience as well as key skills that employers are looking for.

Where could the course take me?

Following a T Level, you could progress straight into a skilled profession or continue your studies with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Career options might include an Infrastructure Technician or a role in IT Support – speak to your careers adviser to find out more.

T Level industry placements - digital, Norfolk County Council

T-Level digital support services student

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T Level Course

Education & Childcare

About the Course

The core element of a T Level in Education and Childcare will boost your knowledge in a range of topics such as child development, safeguarding and special educational needs; as well as your understanding of the role of families and support agencies. You’ll also dive into the specifics of social interaction, behaviour, and how language is acquired, as well as build your skills in becoming a reflective practitioner.

You’ll then specialise in Early Years Education, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and build the skills you need for your future career.

Then you’ll be able to put everything you learn into practice, with a substantial industry placement of around 45 days. Giving you an amazing opportunity to work with an employer while you study, such as a school or nursery, and gain invaluable experience as well as key skills that employers are looking for.

Where could the course take me?

Following a T Level, you could progress straight into a skilled profession or continue your studies with a degree or higher apprenticeship. Career options might include becoming a Teaching Assistant, Nursery Nurse or Early Years Officer – speak to your careers adviser to find out more.

T Level industry placements - education, Ganton School

T Level education and childcare student

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T Level Course

Engineering & Manufacturing

About the Course

The T Level Technical Qualification in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing allows you to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

To achieve the T Level TQ in Engineering and Manufacturing you’ll need to complete the two components of the technical qualification. These are known as the Engineering Common Core and the Occupational Specialism.

Core: Engineering Common Core
(Assessed by two externally set and marked exams and an employer set project).

In the first year you will develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector through the study of Core Elements, including:

  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic principles
  • Process Control Systems
  • Business Management
  • Health & Safety
  • Project Management

You will also undertake an Employer Set Project that will consist of a well-defined, real industry-style brief that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the core content and your core skills to solve mechanical problems.

Occupational Specialisms
(Assessed by a practical assignment for each Occupational Specialisms).

In your second year you will focus on Mechanical Specialisms designed to support and develop your skills and behaviours in this area.

Where could the course take me?

T-Levels focus on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Engineering industry, which will prepare you to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice.

T Level industry placements - manufacturing, Warren

T Level education and childcare student

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T Level Course

Health

About the Course

During the 2-year programme, students will develop the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of health occupations.

All students will develop a general understanding of health and science:

  • working within the health and science sector
  • health, safety and environmental regulations
  • managing information and data
  • principles of good scientific and clinical practice
  • core science concepts including the structure of cells, tissues and large molecules, genetics, microbiology and immunology

They will also learn about topics specific to health, including:

  • understanding the healthcare sector
  • providing person-centred care
  • supporting health and wellbeing
  • further knowledge of both human anatomy and physiology and of diseases and disorders
  • infection prevention and control
Where could the course take me?

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in health and healthcare. Students can progress into roles such as:

  • Ambulance Care Assistant
  • Emergency Care Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Care Worker
  • Palliative Care Assistant
  • Dental Nurse

A conversation with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Nikki Morgan

T Level health student

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T Level Course

Management & Administration

About the Course

The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the Management and Administration sector and you will cover topics such as: Business Context, People, Quality Compliance, Project, and Change Management.

In your second year of study will focus on the specialism of Business Support.

Will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and skills in:

  • Supporting the overall running and operation of an organisation
  • Using prioritisation skills to support time management and delivery of workloads
  • Considering improvements and recommend ways to develop and improve business practices
  • Developing effective communication to support business practices
  • Managing the flow of information through the organisation

During your placement you will gain experience of working for an established and successful company. You will put your classroom learning into practice, developing the skills that will help you become more employable.

Where could the course take me?

You will gain a T Level in Management & Administration, and be able to progress straight into employment or continue to a higher level apprenticeship or degree. Students can progress into employment and work in roles such as:

  • Business Administrator
  • Senior Business Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Business Manager

T Level industry placements - business & administration, YMCA

T Level management and administration student

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T Levels Questions Answered

T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want.

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The 2-year qualification brings classroom and work placement together, on a course designed with employers and businesses.

September 2020 onwards, at selected colleges and schools. Courses at Wakefield College start in September 2021.

Two years of full-time study.

Construction, Digital Production and Education & Childcare will be available from September 2020 at selected colleges and schools.

In the coming years more subjects will be available. Find out more at gov.uk/dfe/t-levels.

An industry placement lasts around 45 days, undertaken as a block or as individual days. The specific length of the placement and when it will take place will differ depending on your T Level.

T Levels are ideal if you have completed your GCSEs and want to get the knowledge and experience needed to get a skilled job.

Yes, you can. T Levels get you work ready, but you can continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree.

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.

Speak to the college / school you are interested in to find out more about their specific entry requirements.

T Levels give you the opportunity to experience an industry while you continue your studies, with the opportunity to specialise later. While gaining practical experience, you also achieve the qualifications needed to move into a higher level of study, if you choose to later.

Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they want to pursue.

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