The Department of Education’s alternative to A Levels, T Levels, launch today

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The Department of Education’s alternative to A Levels, T Levels, have launched today [14 September 2020].

T Levels will follow GCSEs, run for 2-years, and be the equivalent of 3 A Levels. The courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses in a bid to ensure content meets the needs of industry employers, and prepares students for work.

“T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need,” the DoE’s website reads. “The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.

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“T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.”

The aim is to help students get valuable experience in the workplace as well as to give employers an early sight of the new talent in their industry. In turn, DoE hope this will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

While the new qualification sounds similar to that of an Apprenticeship, they differ in that Apprenticeships are typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom, and specific to one occupation. Whereas T Levels offer broader access to an industry, and you do not earn while you learn.

Every T Level student will receive a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area, as well as specialist skills and knowledge in a specific occupation or career, and an industry placement with an employer.

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They will be available in all sorts of subject areas, from accountancy and financial to hair, beauty and aesthetics, catering, craft and design and digital business services. The full list of subject topics is as follows:

  • accountancy

  • agriculture, land management and production

  • animal care and management

  • building services engineering

  • catering

  • craft and design

  • cultural heritage and visitor attractions

  • design, development and control

  • design, surveying and planning

  • digital business services

  • digital production, design and development

  • digital support and services

  • education

  • financial

  • hair, beauty and aesthetics

  • health

  • healthcare science

  • human resources

  • legal

  • maintenance, installation and repair

  • management and administration

  • manufacturing and process

  • media, broadcast and production

  • onsite construction

  • science

The more education opportunities, the better.

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