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    About the course

    The aim of this qualification is to support learners as they develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering, learning the fundamentals of the subject. Whilst studying this course, learners will also complete the T Level Transition Programme which will be tailored to meet your needs in English and Maths, Technical skills, Pastoral support and Personal development.

    Entry requirements

    GCSEs or equivalent:

    English – 2

    Maths – 3

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    Awarding Body

    City & Guilds

    Why study?

    Throughout the course there will be large amounts of practical work included. This will range from using hand tools to learn fitting and assembly techniques to manual machining to do turning and milling and then all the way up to setting and operating high tech industry standard computer numeric control (CNC) machines.

    Where will this course take me?

    • CNC setter/operator
    • CNC programmer
    • Toolmaker
    • Engineering Technician
    • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician

    Core modules

    201 Working in an Engineering Environment

    202 Engineering Techniques

    203 Engineering Maths and Science Principles

    204 Fitting and Assembly Techniques

    205 Business Improvement Techniques

    206 Principles of Milling and Turning

    210 Principles of CNC Machining/Fabrication

    How will I be assessed?


    Will I have to provide anything?

    Calculator £10

    Overalls £20

    Boots £20

    Glasses £5

    Pen and paper

    (all prices rough estimates)

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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    T Levels Q&A


    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.


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

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


    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.


    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 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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