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T Levels are a new technical qualification – starting nationally in September 2020 and at Harlow College in September 2021 – which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.

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WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

WHEN WILL T LEVELS START?

Harlow College will offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

  • creative and digital
  • construction
  • childcare and education
  • health and science

WHO ARE THEY FOR?

T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.

STRUCTURE OF A T LEVEL

T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

  • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them

T LEVELS AND INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.