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T Levels April 2022 Update

20 April 2022
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Welcome to your April E-Bulletin.

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Our last Q&A Network Event was well attended, and the Education Training Foundation was our guest speaker. Carole Brown, the Area Relationship and Development Lead for the ETF outlined how the TLPD programme supports Providers in 3 key areas: 

  1. Understanding the T Levels
  2. Internal Training Needs Analysis  
  3. Developing the professional capability for T Level Leaders 

You can find out more about the ETF’s support via their website, and you can contact Carole Brown directly to discuss your needs carole.brown@etfoundation.co.uk

Several documents have been created to support Providers in delivery and assessment, these include: 

  • Administrative Support Guides for all projects in the Core and Occupational Specialisms, which can be accessed via the Course Materials section of the T Level website.

  • AdSAMs for the OSs are in the final stages of production and we hope to be able to upload them soon. We hope they can be uploaded soon. However, they can be sent as draft versions to Providers who require them, please contact gabriel.staples@pearson.com if needed.  

  • In preparation for the Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment Occupational Specialism Assessment Tasks 1 and 2, Additional Provider Guidance was uploaded to our T Level website under ‘Course Materials’, in the Provider Administration category here.

  • Following feedback from Providers we are writing an Additional Provider Guidance document to accompany the specification, which aims to better illustrate, with examples, the depth of the content in Core and the expected level of knowledge required by students. We hope to have this available at the start of the summer term. 

Guide Standard Exemplification Materials (GSEM) for the Occupational Specialism at Pass and Distinction grades have been published on the Course Materials webpage. These exemplar materials are intended to show the knowledge, skills and understanding that attest to the grade.  

If you are commencing the T Level Technical Qualification in Accounting this September, please remember to:  

  • Gain Provider Approval  

  • Watch our Getting to Know the Specification pre-recorded sessions 

  • Listen to the recordings for Getting to Ready to Teach if you did not attend the live session 

  • Book onto our first Q&A Network Session for Acc/Fin. 

Through our partners ACCA, we have been working closely with SAGE and QuickBooks. Both software organisations are committed to supporting the delivery of the T Level Technical Qualification in Accounting and are working to provide alignment and added certification for students. We will be able to give you more information in our first Q&A Network Session in May.

Guide Standard Exemplification Materials (GSEM) for all four Occupational Specialisms at Pass and Distinction grades have been published on the Course Materials webpage. These exemplar materials are intended to show the knowledge, skills and understanding that attest to the grade. 

If you are commencing the T Level Technical Qualification in Accounting this September, please remember to:  

  • Gain Provider Approval  
  • Watch our Getting to Know the Specification pre-recorded sessions 
  • Listen to the recordings for Getting to Ready to Teach if you did not attend the live session  
  • Book onto our first Q&A Network Session for Acc/Fin.

We are still seeking expressions of interest for our Legal Services Provider Validation Panel (PVP) – this is where we ask you to take part in the development and work with us to make sure the Technical Qualification is right for your students and manageable for you to deliver.  

To become a member, you must:  

  • be intending on delivering Legal Services in September 2023. 

  • be experienced in delivering Legal or Law qualifications/units. 

  • be able to attend PVP meetings (these will be remote, via teams or zoom) to discuss content, assessment, manageability, resources etc.  

Let us know if you want to join the PVP.

We are still seeking expressions of interest for our Legal Services Provider Validation Panel (PVP) – this is where we ask you to take part in the development and work with us to make sure the Technical Qualification is right for your students and manageable for you to deliver.  

To become a member, you must:  

  • be intending on delivering Legal Services in September 2023. 

  • be experienced in delivering Legal or Law qualifications/units. 

  • be able to attend PVP meetings (these will be remote, via teams or zoom) to discuss content, assessment, manageability, resources etc.  

Let us know if you want to join the PVP.

Provider Webinar  

Pearson will be hosting a Legal Services webinar for all Providers who are interested in delivering this T Level. We are currently in the development phase of this TQ, this webinar will walk you through what the draft content and assessments currently look like with an aim to help you plan your student recruitment in the Autumn term.  

The webinar will take place on:  

Thursday, 23rd June 2022: 15:00 - 16:30

We will publish Provisional Key Dates Schedules on the Provider Administration sections of our website by the 28 April.  

Any feedback on the document should be sent to timetables@pearson.com by 11th May. 

We will publish the 2022-23 Fees lists on the Provider Administration sections of our website by the 30 April. 

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 events are below.

Construction:

Digital:

Accounting and Finance:

Getting to Know the Specification

These are a selection of pre-recorded briefings to help you get to know the Technical Qualification specification.

Generic Introduction: This includes where to locate the specification, a high-level overview of the contents, and key areas to pay attention to.

Core: This gives a high-level overview of the Core Component and its assessments, how to read the specification, the high-level content of the exams, and how the tasks for the ESP are structured.

Occupational Specialist Component: This gives a high-level overview of the Occupational Specialist Component and assessment, how to read the specification, and how the tasks for the OS project are structured.

Pre-recorded sessions can be found below:

  1. T Level in Accounting and Finance: Getting to know the Specification (introduction)
  2. T Level in Accounting: Getting to know the Specification (Core content)
  3. T Level in Accounting: Getting to know the Specification (Occupational Specialism)
  4. T Level in Finance: Getting to know the Specification (Core content)

Getting Ready to Teach

These sessions are aimed at UK based teachers, lecturers or trainers who are new to delivering the T Levels or who would like to refresh themselves.

There is an expectation that delegates will have watched the pre-recorded ‘Getting to know the specification’ briefing prior to attending this event as an overview of the TQ structure and specification will not be covered here.

The session gives you with an opportunity to interact with the presenter, who will take you through:

  1. Planning your programme
  2. Reviewing elements of the content and practical ways it can be delivered
  3. Signposting the ongoing support available to you

Construction

Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (Core Component)

  • Awaiting trainer availability, plan is to run these sessions in the first two weeks after Easter break.

Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (Occupational Specialism)

  • Awaiting trainer availability, plan is to run these sessions in the first two weeks after Easter break.

Digital

Digital Production, Design and Development (Core Component)

Digital Production, Design and Development (Occupational Specialism)

Accounting and Finance

Our recent Getting Ready to Teach events for the Technical Qualifications in Accounting and in Finance will soon be uploaded onto our T Level page. This will include:  

  • Accounting and Finance Core Component 

  • Accounting Occupational Specialism  

  • Finance Occupational Specialisms

We have several vacancies for T Level examiner and assessors available across our suite. Getting involved in marking is a perfect way to increase your knowledge of the specification, understand what sits behind the marking process, and improve your overall knowledge of the qualification – which will support your teaching and delivery too. 

Look at our Working With Us page for more information. 

Entries for the DIGITAL Occupational Specialism Assessment for the Summer 2022 Series are now closed.

We have made some amends to the assessment dates for the Hazardous Materials Occupational Specialism and the Building Services Design Occupational specialism. We have also extended the late entry window. Entries for the CONSTRUCTION Occupational Specialism Assessments for the Summer 2022 Series are still open. We are now in the late entry period; therefore, late entry fees will apply. Late entry will close on 24 April 2022. The deadline for very late entry is the 25 April 2022.

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

Providers need to ensure that they make entries for all students with an active 2020/2021 registration and remove any student(s) that have withdrawn from the qualification.

Entries for the Core Component for the Summer 2022 series are still now open. The late entry window is 22 February – 15 May.

A support video on how to make entries is available via the Provider webpage.

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

Students entering for their initial attempt must attempt both Core Exams and the Employer Set Project.

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.

For Providers commencing delivery in September 2022 the approval window is now open. You must gain approval for each Technical Qualification you wish to deliver.

To support you, a short Provider Approval video can be found our Provider Page-General Admin Support Videos. Please watch this before starting your application.

All 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.

Pearson’s T Level Quality Reviewer (TQR) undertake monitoring calls to discuss your delivery, administration, and quality assurance. This call is to make sure you maintain ongoing compliance with our quality assurance measures to keep your approval status for the delivery of the Technical Qualification.  

The TQR will check the quality of delivery, confirm implementation of guide/grade exemplification materials, confirm you are on track for assessment and are accessing our Provider Support.  

We will monitor activity that could affect approval status:  

  • Registration patterns 
  • Student outcomes 
  • Quality issues identified by our TQR 
  • Reports of maladministration or malpractice 

Please note the TQR is not a technical subject expert, as such they will not be able to answer questions on specification content or curriculum delivery. For this, please take advantage of the ½ termly Q&A Networks (see above) or contact the Subject Advisor direct, their details are on the relevant TQ webpage.

This summer will see an exciting milestone in the T Level calendar, with the first cohort due to complete in August. We know that many of your T Level students have started to think about their progression and next steps, with some starting to make job/apprenticeship and/or UCAS applications. We would love to hear some of your success stories and details of T level students with job/apprenticeship or HE offers (e.g. for degrees/HNs/HTQs). If you have any case studies, please email Ria Bhatta, our Head of Stakeholder Engagement with the following info:

  • Name of student.
  • Centre name.
  • T Level route, pathway, and occupational specialism, which they undertook that Pearson offers.
  • What the job/apprenticeship/HE offer is (e.g. company and job role, or HE course and institution).
  • Any other key details you wanted to highlight.

We hope to publish a small selection of a range of case studies submitted to us in summer term. We cannot wait to read about your success stories.

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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