T Level March 2023 Update | Pearson qualifications

T Level March 2023 Update

13 March 2023

Welcome to the March T Level Update.

We send updates monthly to all those who have signed up, however, we are aware some tutors and staff have not yet done so, could you please encourage all those engaged in the delivery and administration of T Levels to sign up for updates.

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You can still make student registrations onto the Technical Qualification for cohorts that commenced in September. We are now in the very late registration period.

A support video on how to make registrations and manage student details can be found on the Training and Admin Support page.

The late entry window for Core Component Assessments for the Summer 2023 Series is open. The standard entry window for the Core Component opened on 22 February 2023.

Please remember, you must make an entry for every student wishing to enter the assessment.

Providers wishing to make entries for re-sits please ensure you are familiar with the re-sit rules. These can be found in the TQ Specification, or use our support video on ‘assessment, results and re-sits' on our Training and Admin Support page.

Entries for the Occupational Specialism Assessment for the Summer 2023 Series are still open. You must make an entry for every student wishing to enter the assessment.

We are now in the late entry period. Please refer to the Key Dates Schedule for all entry dates which can be found on our Training and Admin Support page.

See website for details:

Additional Provider Guidance for Occupational Specialist Task 1 and 2

(You will need to be an Exams Officer and have your Edexcel Online username and password to access this document.)

For Providers commencing delivery in September 2023 the approval window is now open. You must gain approval for each Technical Qualification you wish to deliver.

Please watch our Provider Approval video before starting your application process. Support documents and approval forms can be found on the Training and Admin Support page, this includes.

  • A Guide to Provider Approval
  • Guidance Document Pearson Vocational Provider Approval Application for T Level Technical Qualifications
  • Pearson T Level Technical Qualification Delivery Approval Application Form
  • Pearson Vocational Provider Approval Application for T Level Technical Qualifications.
  • If you have any questions about Provider Approval, please contact us via the service portal.

This month, we start consulting on the Key Dates Schedule for Autumn 2023 – summer 2025. This gives you the opportunity to review the dates, confirm you are content with them, and raise any concerns you may have (for example, clashes with holidays, or overlap with other assessments your T Level students may be undertaking).

You can view the provisional Key Dates Schedule for each TQ you deliver:

Please provide feedback via this form.

We encourage all those delivering and administering the TQ to engage.

We will also be discussing the Key Dates Schedule in our Q&A Networks.

DfE published their T Level Action Plan 2022-2023 on 9 March. There are a couple of items we’d like to highlight.

T Level Grade look up tables on page 40. DfE are changing the way Core and Occupational Specialism Component grades are aggregated. This change will take effect for all T Level grades awarded from summer 2023.

Decoupling of the Core Exams from the Employer Set Project on page 43. DfE propose to change the policy on how students sit the Core Component on their initial attempt; enabling students to take Core Exams and the ESP in a different assessment series. DfE’s proposal will be consulted on soon, and if agreed will be implemented from next academic year (2023/24).

The next Construction Q&A Network is on 26 April 2023 at 13:00-14:00 and can be booked via our T Level Live Training page.

We have written a new curriculum delivery planner for the T Level, which will be particularly useful for those new to T Levels. We are also adding to the resources for each topic in core and improving the links to our case study materials. We have re-organised the Core and OS Teaching and learning materials on our website to make them easier for you to navigate.

You can also join the following groups: Construction group and T level: Construction to ask specific queries and get notified of updates.

Following our January CPD session on Digital and Modern Technology in Construction, kindly delivered by MOBIE on our behalf, the slides and recording are available on our website and may be useful for Providers as either CPD or as simple teaching material for students on Core topics 4: Building Technology 5: Information and Data, 6: Digital Technology and 10. Sustainability.

2023 Specification changes

The updates arising from the annual review have been confirmed and validated by our panel and will be published shortly. The changes address minor errors and improvements/ clarifications and cover two areas of specific content change simply to update the Approved Documents in regulations (Overheating Document ‘O’ and Electric Vehicle Charging Document ‘S’).

Thank you all for attending our T Level Top Tips events. The slides and recordings will be uploaded to the website. We also have created a podcast series for T Levels and this is available on Spotify.

Listen to the T Level podcast series on Spotify

The next Digital Q&A Network is 29 March. You can book via our T Level Live Training page. If you would like anything specific to be covered or have questions, then please ask in the Facebook Group or contact the Subject Advisor.

Gatsby are looking for providers to form a focus group on macro curriculum planning for the Digital T Level.

Find out more or register your interest on the AOC website.

BCS are offering a series of events at the end of February for Digital T Level Students and Staff. Each event is co-hosted with an employer, and you can register for the events here.

Book on to a BCS event

ETF are offering events in conjunction with Middlesbrough College looking at the Digital T levels. These events are online and face to face in London and Middlesbrough.

Register for an ETF Middlesborough College event

We are also looking for feedback on our support offer for T Levels so if you could spend two minutes completing this survey it will help us to ensure that our support meets your requirements. 

The next Accounting and Finance Q&A Network is 28 March 2023 and can be booked via our T Level Live Training page. ACCA will be in attendance to answer any questions and give information about their support.

Our T Level professional body partner CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) are offering a free training opportunity, to be held in the summer term, for teachers delivering or thinking of delivering the T Level in Finance, Insurance or Asset and Wealth Management Analyst occupational specialisms. You can register on this event on our training page, to join us in discussing the key needs to shape the training from CII at our network event on 22 March at 15:30-16:30.

The Education Training Foundation, who deliver T Level Professional Development Training have the following courses available supporting the T Level in Finance. For further information please contact the Education Training Foundation at enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk or visit the links below.

Event Date Time Registration link

Introducing the Legal Finance and Accounting route - Fareham College (Portsmouth)

20 April 2023

09.30-16.30 GMT

Register here

Teaching and Learning on the Finance T Level - Online

6 and 22 March 2023

13:30-17:00 GMT

Register here

Wealth Management: Real World Insights with MASECO Private Wealth - Online

24 March 2023

09:30-12:30 GMT

Register here

Join us for a morning of talks, presentations, Q&As and networking, with leading finance professionals from MASECO Private Wealth, who will be covering T Level topics such as:

  • Effective financial planning and investment strategies for private investors.
  • Responsibilities from an ESG and regulatory perspective for financial institutions in the investment advice space.
  • Further insights into markets vs financial planning vs CSR/ESG.
  • Technology and its role in finance businesses.
  • Career pathways in the finance industry.

Watch this video to find out more

The T Level Technical Qualification in Legal Services has now been approved by IfATE. The pre-publication version of the specification is now on the website. We will be following this up with some teaching and learning materials, which should be available in early April.

These will be focused on the Core Component and will include a SoW.

The next Legal Services Q&A Network is 22 March and can be booked via our T Level Live Training event page. During this session we will go through the approved specification and specimen assessments. 

On our Training and Admin Support page you’ll find everything you need in terms of training and events to support your T Level delivery, and videos and documents to assist in administrating the qualifications.

Our training includes:

On-demand Getting to Know the Specification briefings, giving you a generic introduction, and overview of the Core Component, and an Overview of the Occupational Specialist Component.

A direct link to our T Level Live Training page, where you can search for events and book including:

· Live Q&A Network Sessions with the Product Manager and Subject Advisor giving you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss your experience delivering the T Level and share good practice with other Providers.

· Live Getting Ready to Teach training where you’ll cover planning your programme, reviewing elements of the content and practical ways it can be delivered, and signposting to the ongoing support available.

· Live Getting Ready to Assess training where you’ll learn how the assessment will work. Our aim is for you to have a good understanding of the approach we have taken in the assessments. We will look at the ‘command verb’ and discuss what is meant and the type of response required, and how the response changes depending upon the mark attributed to the question. We will also refer to the mark scheme for you to understand where marks will and will not be attributed.

Our Training Archive if you are unable to attend any of our live training sessions or want to listen again.

Our administration section includes:

Videos to support making registrations and entries, understanding resit rules, the Key Dates Schedule and the Provider Approval Process

Support documents including all the Provider Approval forms, quality assurance and monitoring, fees and key dates.

Do not forget, if you need to contact us about T Levels you can do so by the Pearson Support Portal. The portal is an online tool you can use to raise your query and track its progress. We will inform you once a member of the team has a reply for you.

Go to the Pearson Support Portal.


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