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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.

T Levels Guide

T Level Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in construction, specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying.

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Construction T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the construction industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the construction industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the construction industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the construction industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills of design for construction and the built environment.

T Level Digital Infrastructure

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Digital T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the Digital industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the digital industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the digital industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the digital industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.

T Level Education and Childcare

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Education and Childcare T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you: 

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the education and childcare sector.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the education and childcare sector.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the education and childcare sector on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.  
  • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to either early years or supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education 

T Level Electrotechnical Engineering

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Construction T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the construction industry and gives you:

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the construction industry.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the construction industry.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the construction industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills of electrical and electronic systems engineering.

T Level Health – Supporting the Adult Nursing Team

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Health T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you: 

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the health sector.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the health sector.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side-by-side with those in the health sector on your industry placement. You will have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world, while you continue your studies.
  • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to supporting the adult nursing team.

T Level Laboratory Sciences

T Levels follow GCSEs and are equivalent to studying three A levels. T levels are an advanced level, 2-year technical qualification designed with employers and leading research institutes to give you a head start towards the future you want.

T Level Pathway – Digital Infrastructure

This course will give you the potential opportunity to progress to the T level in Digital Infrastructure or other IT courses. You will be scheduled to attend college over 3 days a week and you will need to be organised and motivated to complete self-study. The course has been designed to include both practical and theoretical learning. You will have an opportunity to complete at least 25 hours of work experience. We have a dedicated support team to help you find work experience and get involved with skill development activities. This is an amazing opportunity to take up a bespoke course that allows you to progress onto the new industry recognised technical qualifications.

T Level Pathway – Early Years Practitioner

You will gain knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0 – 5 years.

T Level Pathway – Health

Health and social care is about supporting and caring for those of all ages. A job in this sector is demanding and challenging but also very rewarding.

This course offers four units that enable learners to gain an insight into the sector. It is suitable for those who have no previous experience in health and social care but may wish to peruse a career in this sector. This course is assignment based, with a minimum of 60 hours of work experience. Those who only need to do one GCSE, will complete half a day a week, volunteering. This will enhance their employability on completion of the programme.

This course offers the first step into a career in health and social care and could also lead to the T level 3 course, if the criteria is met. 

T Level Pathway – Laboratory Sciences

The T Level Pathway Programme is a new type of 16 to 19 study programme, specifically designed to develop the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours to support progression onto and success on a T Level. It is targeted at students who are not ready to start a T Level but have the potential, once successful, to progress onto one following a tailored preparation programme.

T Levels Q&A

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.

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