T Levels have been heralded as the biggest overhaul in post-school education for 70 years.
And Weston College will be at the forefront of this revolution after being selected among just 54 providers nationwide to launch the new qualification in 2020.
While many of you reading this will probably have heard of T Levels, it’s likely that you’ll also be ‘hazy’ on the details. You’re not alone.
A survey of more than 1,000 parents of 11 to 18-year-olds has found that, with only two years until the first T Levels are launched, 62% have not heard of them. Plus, only 7% of parents feel that they know a lot about them, according to the survey commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
So what are T Levels?
T Levels are vocational alternatives to A Levels, and will cover 15 industry-related subjects, known as ‘pathways’. They provide an A Level equivalent for 16 to 19-year-olds who would rather study work-related courses than traditional academic subjects.
One idea behind them is to end the long-held assumption that only A Levels and a university degree can lead to a fulfilling job. However, it’s important to note that learners with T Levels will still have the opportunity to progress to university – as well as other higher-level technical qualifications.
The other major aim is to produce skilled workers for sectors of the UK economy. Students achieving a T level will have the numeracy, literacy, digital skills and wider transferable skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in occupations relevant to their chosen route and the wider workplace of the future.
T levels are shaped by employers and benefit from the unique insights of industry leaders, which means learners will be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the modern jobs market. That’s why the content of T Levels has been created and decided by expert panels of employers and other stakeholders.
In terms of teaching time, a T Level will be delivered over two years due to the substantial range of learning involved, the same as A Levels. They will provide a mix of industry-specific technical knowledge and practical skills; relevant maths, English and digital skills; and a work placement of at least 45 days.
To be chosen to launch the Digital T Level is an honour and an exciting challenge for Weston College. We’ve built a national reputation for the quality of our provision and helping to launch this pioneering programme only enhances that standing. It also represents a tremendous opportunity for the thousands of school leavers in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and beyond to enrol on the new qualification.
When all are ready for delivery, the 15 T Level pathways will be:
- Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
- Business and Administrative
- Catering and Hospitality
- Childcare and Education
- Creative and Design
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Hair and Beauty
- Health and Science
- Legal, Finance and Accounting
- Protective Services
- Sales, Marketing and Procurement
- Social Care
- Transport and Logistics