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T-Levels Explained

What are T-Levels?

Cambridge Regional College is pleased to be able to offer T-Levels, the new qualification launched by the Government in 2020, from the 2023/24 academic year!
Our current offer for 2024-25:

Construction: Design, Planning and Surveying
H
ealth and Social Care: Early Years

T-Levels are an alternative to A levels, Level 3 courses and apprenticeships. They are courses that have been developed in partnership with employers and businesses in order to better prepare students for careers in the industry by focusing their learning to areas that are most relevant to the profession. The courses offer a mix of classroom learning and on-the-job experience and offer the equivalent of 3 A-Levels on completion of the course.

How T-Levels Work

T-Level courses include the following compulsory elements:
A technical qualification, which includes:

  • Core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
  • Specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • An industry placement with an employer

Students will also be required to work towards the attainment of Maths and English if they have not already achieved grade 4 at GCSE, as they do on other 16 to 19 programmes.
Your T-Level course will be worth UCAS points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish.

What does my industry placement look like?

Every T-Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

We are here to support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

T-level industry placements can be instrumental in developing a wide range of skills for students. Here’s how:

1. Practical Experience: Students get hands-on experience in a real workplace, applying the theoretical knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom to practical situations. This helps them understand how concepts work in real-world scenarios.

2. Technical Skills: T-levels are typically focused on specific industries, so students can develop technical skills that are directly applicable to their chosen field. This can include skills in areas like IT, healthcare, construction, or engineering.

3. Soft Skills: Industry placements also foster the development of essential soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. These skills are invaluable in any career.

4. Networking: Students have the opportunity to build professional networks, connect with industry experts, and gain insights into career pathways. Networking can open doors to future job opportunities.

5. Confidence: Being in a real workplace setting can boost a student’s self-confidence and self-esteem. It allows them to see their abilities in action and gain a sense of accomplishment.

6. Employability: Having an industry placement on their resume makes students more attractive to future employers. It demonstrates their commitment to the industry and provides tangible experience.

7.Career Awareness: Sometimes, students may find that their chosen industry isn’t the right fit during their placement. This early exposure helps them make informed decisions about their career paths.

T-level industry placements provide a holistic learning experience that combines technical knowledge with practical skills and personal development. This can significantly enhance a student’s readiness for the workforce and contribute to their long-term career success.

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T-level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning

The Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction will give you the indusrty knowledge and skills required to design, survey and plan across a range of construction environments.

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T-level in Education and Childcare: Early Years

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching. Students can progress into roles such as: Nursery Worker, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, SEND Teaching Assistant, Playworker or Portage Home Visitor.

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