New T Levels will be on offer at Cambridge Regional College from 2021
Cambridge Regional College is among educational settings across the country chosen to offer the Government’s new T Levels from 2021.
The college will offer T Levels in two subjects of Digital Business Services and Education and Childcare from September 2021.
T-Levels, or Tech Levels, is the name given to the Government’s planned overhaul of technical education.
Kate da Costa, Vice Principal of Curriculum Development at Cambridge Regional College, said: “T Levels will follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.
“The two-year 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 45 days. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.”
Between now and 2022, 15 new pathways will be developed in 15 sector areas where substantial technical training is required to progress into employment. These courses have also been referred to as Tech Levels.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue.
“T-levels are our chance to do that. Offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A-levels.
“This second wave of post-16 providers demonstrates our commitment to making this happen.
“They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”
T LEVEL FACTS
T Levels will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships.
An initial group of 50 colleges will deliver the first T-levels from 2020.
CRC is among 64 colleges in a second wave of providers who will offer T Levels from September 2021.
The total time for a T Level is expected to be around 1,800 hours over the two years, including the industry placement.
This differs from an apprenticeship, which is typically 80 per cent on-the-job and 20 per cent in the classroom
T Levels are more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue plus want to earn while they learn.