T Levels – the new technical alternative to A Levels
T Levels are brand new technical qualification starting in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement of at least 45 days with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace.
What’s different about T Levels?
The two year T Levels courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare students for technical careers. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher level study.
All T Levels will include a 45 day industry placement with an employer so that students can apply their learning in a real workplace environment. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom with the remaining 20% being spent on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and more suited to those who feel ready to enter the workforce at 16.
Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two, depending on the model which works best for the employer, young person and the college.
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