What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses coming to EN in September this year, which will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to three A Levels. They will combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement to make sure students have real experience of the workplace. The 2 year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, higher level study or a higher apprenticeship. 

More information regarding T Levels can be found in this PDF.

How can your business get involved?

Employers of all sizes have the opportunity to provide a 3-month industry placement as part of the T Level. These can be undertaken as a block or individual days depending on the model which works best for the employer, student or college. 

What are the benefits for your business?

  • Extra resources for day to day projects
  • Build the capacity of your business and grow the skills you need
  • Upskilling of existing staff through coaching and mentoring
  • Bringing in imaginative and new ideas
  • A cost-effective recruitment pipeline or entry-level jobs
  • A diverse and creative workforce
  • An opportunity to provide a positive experience for a young person

What support will be available to you?

If you can offer a placement(s), you will be supported by the college at every stage of the process. This will include assistance with completing the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the placement. 

You will have a point of contact for any questions you may have throughout the placement and you should quickly notice tangible benefits of having an EN student on a longer placement with the skills and knowledge relevant to your business/industry. Students will come prepared and will have already undertaken substantial classroom-based training in their chosen T Level pathway.

What will students gain from the T Level experience?

From September 2021, students will be eligible to apply for T Levels in the following technical routes:

  • Digital
  • Health & Science

Within these technical routes are pathways that will lead to employment. T Level courses will include the following compulsory elements:

• a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area

• specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career

• an industry placement with an employer, for a minimum of 315 hours in total. This is equivalent to 20% of the T Level.

• a minimum standard in Maths and English if students have not already achieved them

Students who pass all the elements of their T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction. It will also set out the details of what students have achieved on the course. The T Level certificate will include:

• an overall pass grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit or distinction

• a separate grade for the occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction

• a separate grade for the core component, using A* to E

• grades for maths and English qualifications

• details of the industry placement