What are T-Levels?
T-levels are brand new, Level 3, two-year qualiﬁcations that give you the chance to learn what a career is like while you study. They have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need. They give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.
Are T-levels right for me?
T-levels suit learners who want a more applied, employer-led study programme. They are an ideal course if you have ﬁnished your GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to go into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.
Your T-level will be worth UCAS points. A T-level Distinction* is equivalent to 3 A-levels at A* - and will be recognised by universities for those that want to continue studying.
From September 2021, you can study the following T-level subjects:
What can I expect?
You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom or in practical workshops and 20% of your time on an industry placement.
Your industry placement will be a 45-day experience with a local business which will give you the opportunity to develop your practical and technical skills needed to progress onto employment, an apprenticeship, or higher education. You can expect to be treated like a member of staff, experience a full induction and will be assigned a supervisor or mentor for the duration of your placement. This can be undertaken as a block (over college holidays for example) or as individual days to ﬁt around your college timetable.
Completing an industry placement can increase your conﬁdence, allow you to stand out from your peers and develop industry-speciﬁc skills.
High quality industry placements are an integral part of the new T-level programme. Industry placements are important in enabling you to gain the valuable skills that you need to progress onto employment.
Industry placements are a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) and can be undertaken as a block, over college holidays for example, or as individual days. This arrangement depends on what works best for you and your employer.
Jake Stickley, a former Level 2 and Level 3 Engineering student, completed an industry placement with Eaton Aerospace and has since been offered an apprenticeship with them.
“I thought doing an industry placement would be the perfect way to get a real insight into the engineering industry. It has increased my confidence and I’m now on a career path which I love.”
Information for local businesses
Hosting an industry placement student is the perfect opportunity for you to shape your future workforce.
To learn about the benefits, how we will support you, and the skills that students can bring to your organisation, visit our employers page.