T LEVEL FAQs

  • WHAT ARE T LEVELS?
  • HOW IS ACCESS CREATIVE COLLEGE INVOLVED?
  • WHEN ARE T LEVELS STARTING AND WHERE?
  • WHO ARE T LEVELS FOR?
  • WHAT SUBJECTS WILL BE AVAILABLE?
  • WHY ARE T LEVELS BEING INTRODUCED?
  • WHAT WILL A T LEVEL CONSIST OF?
  • FOR PARENTS: WHY SHOULD MY CHILD OPT FOR A T LEVEL?
WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

T Levels will be an alternative qualification option for students after completing their GCSEs, the new courses will be equivalent to three A Levels. 

Each T Level is a two-year course and has been designed in collaboration with businesses and employers within different industries to prepare students for specific occupations. 

Each course is tailored to the needs of the job role and industry it covers, aiming to give students sector-based knowledge and prepare them for work. Progression to a higher apprenticeship or university is also an option; T Levels carry UCAS points.

 

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HOW IS ACCESS CREATIVE COLLEGE INVOLVED?

If you want to stand out from the crowd and enrol on an innovative new T Level, then Access Creative College is the place to do it.

Access Creative College is a national college, which offers hands-on courses in a broad range of creative subjects. From Music Technology to Games Development, our courses are practical in nature, focusing on real world skills to get our students work-ready.

We have been chosen by the Department for Education to be one of only 50 colleges to deliver the exciting new T Levels. We’re offering two courses in September 2020: the Level 2 which will be available in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Bristol and Norwich and the Level 3 only available in Manchester. 

Our campuses are specially designed and have industry standard equipment, ideal for giving you the skills employers want. The computer suites are either fully equipped with Apple iMacs or custom-made Overclocker PCs, there are chill out areas for students as well as large seminar rooms with use of Chromebooks.

Our tutors have all been practising professionals in the industry they teach, most are still actively working in the industry when they’re not teaching so you always have the most up to date information. 

Our Employer Team have fantastic relationships with local and national businesses to find the best industry placement tailored to you.

 

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WHEN ARE T LEVELS STARTING AND WHERE?

September 2020 marks the introduction of T Level programmes, with 50 providers across the UK offering a selection of three different T Level courses. In 2020, these courses will include: 

  • Digital: digital production, design and development
  • Construction: design, surveying and planning
  • Education: childcare

 

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WHO ARE T LEVELS FOR?

Students who started year 10 in September 2018 will be the first year of pupils able to choose and study the new T Level courses and they will be available for all students after that. 

T Levels are for students who are 16 to 18 years old (19 to 24 with an EHCP), want to continue in education after GCSE level and are looking for a more vocational course and approach to learning. The programmes offer a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on the job’ experience with an industry placement of approximately 45 days.

 

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WHAT SUBJECTS WILL BE AVAILABLE?

Technical Education will eventually be offered across 15 routes, with 11 having T Level options:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administration
  • Care Services (Apprenticeships only)
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Education and Childcare
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services (Apprenticeships only)
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement (Apprenticeships only)
  • Transport and Logistics (Apprenticeships only)

 

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WHY ARE T LEVELS BEING INTRODUCED?

T Levels are being introduced to offer students another option after their GCSEs, where the choice has traditionally been either A Levels, vocational qualifications such as BTECs or apprenticeships. 

T Levels will be developed using Apprenticeship Standards, designed by employers and approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. The expectation is that a T Level will be up to 1,800 hours over two years including a 45-day placement in the specific industry, a significant increase of hours to the current technical education courses. This differs from apprenticeships which are more suited to students who know the occupation they want to pursue and are ready for the world of work.

 

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WHAT WILL A T LEVEL CONSIST OF?

T Level courses will include a technical qualification of core theory, concepts and skills for the industry and also specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation. 

Each student will undertake an industry placement with an employer for approximately 45 days of their course. All students will also have to achieve a minimum standard in maths and English if they haven’t already achieved them.

 

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FOR PARENTS: WHY SHOULD MY CHILD OPT FOR A T LEVEL?

There are many reasons why a T Level course could be the right choice for your child following their GCSEs and should be considered alongside A Levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships as an alternative next step in their education. 

T Levels will be available in subjects and industries that don’t traditionally fall into the academic A Level categories or aren’t widely available, opening up the options to achieve qualifications in more vocational or technical disciplines. 

A completed T Level course is the equivalent of three A Levels, however the courses will provide the theory and practical skills that are specific to the specific industry and chosen occupation making it hugely valuable when entering the workforce. 

Firms such as IBM and Fujitsu have been involved in developing the courses to make them relevant and current. They are credible qualifications, which will help students develop skills in demand by industry today.

T Levels will be a great option for students that want to combine study with work experience and are considering a career in a specific sector, where upon completion, they will be ready to work in their chosen field, or use the UCAS points to progress to a higher education course.

 

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