What are T Levels?

A T Level is a two-year technical education course for 16-19 year olds that follow GCSEs and one T Level is equivalent to three A Levels. T Levels have been co-designed with over 250 global and leading employers specifically to gain the knowledge and skills that employers need for the jobs of the future.

T Levels are two years of full-time study but also include an industry placement. Your time will be split with 80% in the classroom learning and 20% on your industry placement with an employer to help give you the skills for a future career.

What subjects can I study?

From September 2022 Kirklees College will be offering the following T Levels:

  • Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development, Digital Support and Services
  • Construction: Onsite Construction, Building Services Engineering
  • Education: Education and Childcare
  • Health and Science: Health, Healthcare Science, Science
  • Business and Administration: Management and Administration
  • Engineering and Manufacturing: Manufacturing and Process

What are the benefits?

  • T Levels take two years and are the equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • You’ll go beyond acquiring basic knowledge and understanding, the T Levels are higher level study and skills
  • You’ll receive up to 168 UCAS points for university
  • Your time studying T Levels will be combined with subject specialist classroom knowledge and 315 hours (approx. 45 days) on an industry placement relevant to your subject specialism
  • T Levels have been designed by industry experts to give you the real enhancement and attributes in preparation for your future
  • Put the skills you learn into practice

Why choose Kirklees College?

Our subject specialists have been part of the development of the T Level programmes and we have teachers who are experts from industry backgrounds who will be giving you the most up to date knowledge and attributes throughout the T Level journey.

We pride ourselves in bespoke facilities, so whether you are studying your T Level in construction, healthcare and science or education and childcare studies you’ll know that you’ll have access to state – of – the – art industry standard equipment and facilities. Your future is not just about getting that first job, it is beyond that. It is about the capacity to have numerous jobs, build a career, for some to start their own businesses and certainly to continue to develop pursue your own goal in your field.

What is an industry placement?

A key aspect of all T Levels is the completion of an extended industry placement. Lasting for a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) industry placements are high quality, meaningful, and relevant to the T Level programme. 

They offer the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom, and provide practical hands-on training in a real work environment.

Students prepare by building the skills, knowledge, and behaviours required by employers, and individualised learning goals provide a focus for further development. The industry placement makes up 20% of the T Level programme, students are required to complete the full placement and make good progress towards their learning goals to successfully pass this element.

Narrowly missed the criteria to study a T Level? Try our Route to T Levels

Starting in September 2021, Kirklees College will be offering a one-year Level 2 programme for students to help progress them onto T Levels.

Route to T Levels are a stepping stone to help prepare students for full T Level study. These will be aimed at 16-19 year old students who don’t meet the initial requirements to help develop attributes to progress onto a full Level 3 T Level course.

Students will receive a full qualification, an enhanced work placement opportunity as part of your studies and up to two GCSE resits to enhance your skills in English and Maths.

These will only be available to the Construction, Engineering and Health and Science T Levels and more information will be coming soon.

Are you an employer wanting to find out more about T Levels?

Everything you need to know about T Levels

T Levels are new two-year courses, developed in collaboration with employers and providers so that the course meets the needs of industry and prepares you for the world of work. 

 

T Levels are two years of full-time study but also include an industry placement. Your time will be split with 80% in the classroom learning and 20% on your industry placement with an employer to help give you the skills for a future career.

  • T Levels takes two years and is the equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • You’ll go beyond acquiring basic knowledge and understanding, the T Levels are higher level study and skills
  • You’ll receive up to 168 UCAS points for university
  • Your time studying T Levels will be combined with subject specialist classroom knowledge and 315 hours (approx. 45 days) on an industry placement relevant to your subject specialism
  • T Levels have been designed by industry experts to give you the real enhancement and attributes in preparation for your future
  • Put the skills you learn into practice
  • Practical skills for your career specialism along with examination
  • T levels are career focused for you to develop the skills you need to compete for the best university places, higher/degree apprenticeships and highly skills careers
  • T levels are for those who are ambitious, academically strong to go ahead to learn what a real career is like whilst studying

From September 2022 Kirklees College will be offering the following T Levels:

  • Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development, Digital Support and Services
  • Construction: Onsite Construction, Building Services Engineering
  • Education: Education and Childcare
  • Health and Science: Health, Healthcare Science, Science
  • Business and Administration: Management and Administration
  • Engineering and Manufacturing: Manufacturing and Process

Our subject specialists have been part of the development of the T Level programmes and we have teachers who are experts from industry backgrounds who will be giving you the most up to date knowledge and attributes throughout the T level journey.

An industry placement lasts around 45 days over the two year course and is undertaken as individual days or in a set block. The length of your placement and when it will take place will differ depending on the T Level you choose to study.

You don’t! Kirklees College have a dedicated work placement team that will arrange an appropriate work placement for you.

T Levels allow you to experience an industry while you continue your studies and give you the opportunity to specialise later in your career. You gain practical experience but also achieve the qualifications needed to move into a higher level of study if you wanted to go to university for example.

 

Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training and recommended for learners who already know what occupation they want to go into.

The main difference is that with a T Level, your time will be split 80% in the classroom, with the remaining 20% in an industry placement. For an apprenticeship, 80% of your time is spent in the workplace on the job and 20% classroom learning. 

 

With an Apprenticeship, you will earn a wage whilst you work. It’s usually four days a week working, supported by one day a week of study at college. Employment must be secured to become an apprentice.

T Level students will be expected to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.

 

Some T Levels may specify other GCSEs Grade 4 or above, for example Science.

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