A Guide to T Levels for Connexions
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What T Levels Involve
Developed with Employers
T Levels are a brand new, two year, nationally recognised qualification that young people will be able to study after their GCSEs. Successfully completing a T Level is the exact same as finishing three A Levels.
Construction: Design, Surveying & Planning
Digital Production, Design & Development 7 Education & Childcare
Not Quite Ready? T Level Transition Programmes
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T Levels are career-focused rather than subject based, combining classroom learning with meaningful on-the-job experience. The programme has been designed with employers and businesses, with the inclusion of English, maths and digital skills. A major part of a T Level is an industry-based placement, where learners will benefit from applying classroom theory to the workplace, helping to develop the exact skills employers look for. T Levels have been developed by the government as part of a long-term solution to ensure that employers get the skilled workers they need to prosper.
What T Levels Involve T Levels are the technical alternative to A Levels and will help young people to progress to a skilled job, a higher Apprenticeship or higher level study. They provide: • A mixture of core theory, concepts and skills, specific to their chosen industry • Specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career • An industry placement with an employer • Relevant English, maths and digital skills
T Levels are different to Apprenticeships because there’s lots more classroom study involved – 80% is classroom learning whilst 20% is on-the-job experience with an employer. Those who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*, and will receive a nationally recognised certificate, evidencing their overall grade plus a breakdown of what they’ve learnt.
Developed with Employers Every single industry is gaining new, fast-developing technologies. Creating qualifications by working and consulting with leading employers and businesses ensures that we can stay on top of the latest industry requirements. It also means that we’re teaching students exactly what their future employer wants. More than 200 businesses have contributed to the creation of T Levels, including: • Fujitsu • IBM • Accenture • Shop Direct • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors • AECOM • CITB • National Federation of Roofing Contractors • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust • GlaxoSmithKline • Eyeconic Eyewear • Royal Society of Biology • Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology
• In-Vivo Sciences • MedImmune, a member of AstraZenica Group • Council for Licensed Conveyancers • Lloyds Banking Group • StormMQ
Industry Placements T Level qualifications will train students in gaining top industry skills through a high quality work placement with an employer. This will provide them with the best possible opportunity to enter skilled employment. Young people will be able to put their classroom learning into practice and further develop their technical skills. The placement lasts a minimum of 315 hours in a role directly related to their course and chosen area. The exact length of the placement depends on their chosen T Level. The Benefits • Vital early industry exposure and the opportunity to get direct experience of their field in a realistic setting, allowing them to develop the skills they need to progress in their dream career • Develop interpersonal skills and become a candidate to potential employers • Provide young people with an insight into how their chosen industry is developing • Apply the knowledge and skills from an industry placement directly to their studies • Employers have the chance to ensure that young people are developing the skills, workplace behaviours and experience that industries need
Courses Available From September 2020, young people will be able to apply for a range of T Level programmes, including: • Construction – Design, Surveying & Planning • Onsite Construction • Digital Production, Design & Development • Education & Childcare • Health Pathway • Science Pathway Read on to find out more about these areas… Please Note: The College will be delivering a range of new T Level programmes in different subject areas. We will let you know the details once confirmed.
Construction: Design, Surveying & Planning This pathway provides an opportunity to acquire skills in building services design; civil engineering; surveying and design for construction; and the built environment. By learning hands-on and in the classroom about the construction industry, and how it works, young people will be ready to take on the world of construction employment in just two years. They’ll learn core elements like awareness of the construction business environment and relationship management, or choose from specialist areas such as project management or law. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • Building Surveyor, earning up to £70,000 per year • Building Services Engineer, earning up to £50,000 per year • Architect, earning up to £65,000 per year • Civil or Structural Engineer, earning up to £50,000 per year • Quantity Surveyor, earning up to £50,000 per year • Site Manager, earning up to £70,000 per year
Onsite Construction Onsite Construction gives young people the opportunity to get to grips with how the construction industry operates, the principles of design and the role of technology and sustainability. By learning hands-on and in the classroom about the construction industry, and how it works, your young person will be ready to take on the world of construction employment in just two years. They can specialise in either bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating or plastering. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • • • •
Carpenter & Joiner, earning up to £40,000 per year Plasterer, earning up to £30,000 per year Bricklayer, earning up to £40,000 per year Painter & Decorator, earning up to £30,000 per year
Digital Production, Design & Development If a young person is passionate about the latest technologies and would love to be part of the digital future, then this qualification will get them on track for a successful career in digital production, design and development. Students will learn all about the business and digital environment, planning and testing, security and so much more. They can even specialise in specific areas of designing, implementing and testing software, to create digital solutions. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • • • • •
Software Developer, earning up to £50,000 per year Games Developer, earning up to £50,000 per year Software Tester, earning up to £40,000 per year Application Developer, earning up to £50,000 per year Web Developer, earning up to £50,000 per year
Education & Childcare Education and childcare covers core elements like child development; how education works; safeguarding; special educational needs; and families and carers. By learning hands on and in the classroom, in just two years young people will be ready to take on the world of employment in either early years education and childcare; assisting teaching; or supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • Nursery Manager, earning up to £30,000 per year • Child & Early Years Officer, earning up to £40,000 per year • Primary School Teacher, earning up to £62,000 per year
Health Pathway Learners will gain essential knowledge and skills about working in healthcare and understanding how the industry works. They will cover core scientific concepts, learn about managing information and also about good scientific/clinical practice. Young people who are passionate about the wellbeing of others and want to make a difference, will be well suited for this T Level, leading towards a successful career in health. Learners can even specialise in dental nursing or supporting healthcare, or focus on specialist areas such as adult nursing care, care of children and young people, mental health, midwifery, theatre or therapy. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • • • •
Midwife, earning up to £43,000 per year Nurse, earning up to £37,000 per year Dental Nurse, earning up to £30,000 per year Mental Health Nurse, earning up to £37,000 per year
Science Pathway Learners will gain essential knowledge about working in healthcare and understand how the industry works; cover core scientific concepts; learn about managing information; and understand good scientific/clinical practice. For those who want to start their career in science, this qualification is perfect to get them on track with opportunities to specialise in laboratory, food, animal or metrology sciences. Plus… This T Level will include a relevant industry placement with an employer to develop the practical and technical skills for a young person’s dream role. This T Level can be a route to a career working as a: • • • •
Metrologist, earning up to £40,000 per year Animal Scientist, earning up to £40,000 per year Food Scientist, earning up to £45,000 per year Clinical Scientist, earning up to £50,000 per year
The Benefits Help young people make the correct decision after their GCSEs by telling them about the benefits of T Levels, so that they can move to the Next Level!
T Levels are created with businesses T Levels have been designed with over 200 leading employers and businesses to give young people the skills that industries need. By completing a T Level, young people will gain a nationally employer-recognised certificate that details what they have achieved in their programme.
Training and learning key theory at the same time T Levels arenâ€™t just about classroom learning - for 20% of the time, young people will be in the workplace, gaining industry experience.
Qualifications that count Once passed, a T Level provides learners with a nationally-recognised certificate, evidencing the skills and knowledge theyâ€™ve gained. It will also show their overall grade, so that they can easily progress to skilled employment, a Higher Apprenticeship or higher education.
Recognised by UCAS T levels will help young people to prepare and progress into a degree, if they donâ€™t want to move straight into work. T Levels are the equivalent of three A Levels. See how T Level UCAS points compare to A Level UCAS points below: UCAS Tariff Points
T Level Overall Grade
Distinction* (A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism)
Pass (C or above on the core)
Pass (D or E on the core)
Get ahead in their dream career! T Levels give young people the chance to learn what a real career is like whilst continuing their studies. The industry placement, of at least 315 hours, will help them to gain the practical skills employers are looking for.
Not Quite Ready? T Level Transition Programmes We know that not everyone who would like to start T Levels will be ready straight after GCSEs. If learners aren’t ready just yet for T Levels don’t worry – we’ll be delivering T Level Transition Programmes to help them progress. This is for learners who: • Show their willingness and ability to progress onto studying T Levels • Need additional support to address barriers to accessing T Levels due to prior attainment, pastoral issues or personal development needs • Require additional time to build their knowledge of English and maths to achieve their Level 2 by the end of their compulsory education or training • Learn better in a classroom or workshop-based environment, rather than the workplace The T Level Transition Programmes are made up of five key elements: • Assessment and guidance period – assess learners’ capabilities and support needs, and find the most appropriate T Level pathway • English and maths – for those who don’t have a GCSE grade 4 in English and/or maths • Work experience – develop skills, behaviours, attitude and confidence required to complete a T Level Industry Placement • Support and personal development – meaningful support to address barriers to education, the development of study skills and reflective and resilience skills
Want to Learn More? If you have more questions about the new high-quality T Levels, or want to be even more informed, email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, take a look at some of the useful links listed below: www.tlevels.gov.uk www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels www.gov.uk/guidance/industry-placements www.youtube.com/user/educationgovuk/videos
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