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T Level October 2021 Update

13 October 2021

Welcome to your October T Level E-Bulletin.

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The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) have reviewed and approved the T Level Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (Civil Engineering OS) against their approval criteria to recognise that it meets the Educational Base for Eng Tech professional standard.

The JBM represents five professional bodies related to Civil Engineering and this endorsement may help HEI's accept the T Level as an appropriate progression route to Civil Engineering degrees.  More information can be found on the JBM website.

In mid-September we gained approval from the Institute for the Technical Qualification in Accounting and the Technical Qualification in Finance. 

We are currently working on finalising the specifications and specimen assessment materials. We hope to have published versions available in the next couple of weeks.

Our first Provider Support events will be Getting to Know the Specification. These will be pre-recorded webinars giving you a high-level look at the qualification and specification. We’ll release these from November, as they are pre-recorded, you’ll be able to watch them at your leisure, use on internal inset, or share with colleagues. Live events are planned for the Spring and Summer terms, this will include Getting Ready to Teach, and Getting Ready to Assess.

We’re starting to finalise our events for this academic year. More information will be released in the Autumn term, but for those of you delivering Construction and Digital you’ll find the dates to our live Q&A Networks below. 

Autumn Term Q&A Network Sessions

These half termly Q&A sessions with the Sector Manager and Subject Advisor will give you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss with other tutors your experience with delivering the T Level and share good practice. Details and weblinks to register onto our networking events are below.



The Key Dates Schedules for Construction and Digital covering 2021-2023 are available on the Provider administration page of the Course Materials tab. Please note, some of the dates will be provisional at the time of publication.

Providers are now able to make student registrations onto the Construction and Digital Technical Qualifications for cohorts commencing this academic year.

The standard registration window will close on 1 November, with late registrations starting on 2 November. A support video on how to make registrations and manage student details can be found on our Provider page.

Entries for the Core Component Assessments for the November 2021 Series are open. A support video on how to make entries is available via the Engagement Hub.

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' which can be found on the Provider page

We communicated last week that we are aware of an issue with EOL whereby it is not currently possible to make resit entries for the Employer Set Project (ESP) only. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

As result of this, we have extended the standard entry deadline for making entries for the November series 2021 assessments from the 5th October to Friday 15th October 2021. If you need to make any entries for students to resit the ESP component only, please add your entries data to attached template in the initial communication and return it to: eprocessing@pearson.com by 5pm on the 15th October. All other entries should be made online [i.e Core examinations and ESP, Core examinations].

Any entries received after this date will be classed as a late entry, and therefore be subject to late entry fees.

If you need any assistance, contact the Pearson Support Portal.

Entries for the Occupational Specialism Assessment for the Summer 2022 Series are open. Please remember, you must make an entry for every student wishing to enter the assessment.

Please note, the standard entry window was 01 September – 05 October 2021. Therefore, we are now in the late entry period, 06 – 31 October 2021.

For those commencing delivery this September 2021 do not forget to take advantage of the support available to you, tutors and Exams Officers. 

  • Watch this short webcast to introduce T Levels to your team
  • Training events and Q&A Networks noted above.
  • The COURSE MATERIALS tab for each TQ has teaching, learning and assessment materials; plus, administration materials.
  • The ENGAGEMENT HUB on the Provider page has our training archive, plus several short support videos on administration processes for T Levels including: Assessment, results and resits, How to make a registration, How to make an entry, and How to manage learner details.

You’ll be aware that to achieve their T Level certificate your students must achieve GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths. Visit our Functional Skills webpage for some great advice and guidance on Post 16 English and maths.

Sign up for our post 16 English and maths monthly newsletter here.

Some of you have asked about information to include in your college prospectus and at recruitment fairs. 

Our Student webpage has several resources designed to support you when recruiting students, this includes:

  • Student Journey: showing your students what their two-year T Level journey could look like. 
  • Qualification Descriptions: a high-level look at the qualification, the skills taught and progression opportunities – perfect to include in your college prospectus. 
  • Student case studies: live examples of T Level students.

Explore the student webpage

For Providers commencing delivery in September 2022 the approval window will not open until February 2022. You must gain approval for each Technical Qualification you wish to deliver. 

To support you, a short Provider Approval video can be found in our Engagement Hub. Please watch this first before starting your application process. 

All the supporting documents and approval forms can be found in the Course Materials tab, 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.

Contact us

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

All the best,
The Pearson T Levels Team


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