T Levels November 2023 update | Pearson qualifications

T Levels November 2023 update

15 November 2023

Welcome to the November T Level Update.

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You can still make Technical Qualification registrations for students commencing this academic year. However, as the initial registration deadline of 1 November has passed, registrations received between now and 24 December will be subject to a late fee.

Entries for the Occupational Specialism summer 2024 series are still open. You must make an entry for every student wishing to enter the assessment; please consult the relevant key dates schedule for detailed entry dates and deadlines.

You can expect to receive question papers from Monday 6 November and attendance registers from Wednesday 8 November for learners sitting their Core exams this autumn.

The yellow label service will be in place for Providers to return scripts.

We have Provider Validation Panels for all our T Levels, whose members play an important role in making sure the specification and assessments are manageable and fit for purpose. We will soon be undertaking our annual content review, so if you would like to contribute, please contact andrew.hambelton@pearson.com.

We also have an Employer Validation Panel for each T Level. Employers play a crucial role in the design and delivery of T Levels so if any employer you work with in the delivery of T Levels would like to be a member, please pass on Andrew’s contact details. 

Find out more about the Employer Validation Panel on our employers page.

We delivered our annual exams officer administration training for T Level qualifications. If you couldn't make it, don't worry;  you can watch the recording on our training and admin support page.

The T Level Transition Programme is now called the T Level Foundation Year (TLFY). We have a new dedicated webpage where you will find a range of information to support the delivery of the TLFY.

Explore our T Level Foundation Year support.

We have also published guides to support the delivery of:

Employers tell us that learners undertaking their industry placement often lack work-based digital skills, such as using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in a work environment. 

Pearson’s Digital Functional Skills will help your learners develop the digital skills used in the workplace that employers are looking for. 

Learn more about our Digital Functional Skills qualification

We have a range of materials aimed at supporting your T Levels recruitment activities. We have a dedicated page for students, which is also handy for parents, and is ideal to signpost to or use when recruiting students.

Explore the information available on our T Levels: for students page.

Our next Getting Ready to Teach and Assess events for new Providers are on 7 and 15 November.

Join the Construction and T level: Construction groups on our support portal to ask specific questions to subject experts and the latest updates. We also invite you to join our Facebook group to share practice, ask questions and network.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) into work grant scheme

CITB is offering grants to employers who take on T Level students as industry placements for Construction. There are criteria the employer must meet, which are outlined on the CITB website. Please share this opportunity with employers that you’re in contact with and encourage them to apply. 

Find out more about the CITB Into Work grant.

We've published draft qualification descriptions for each T Level to give you more information about the qualification and support your recruitment in the autumn term. You can find these in the ‘useful documents’ sections of the TQ webpage.

We delivered a webinar on 29 September walking Providers through the specification and assessments, and the recording will be available soon our training and admin page..

We held employer and Provider meetings in October to run through the Core assessments. The draft Core exams and Employer Set Project have been shared with our employer and Provider panels for feedback.

Draft copies of the expanded content for Craft and Design, and Media, Broadcast and Production are available. If you would like access, please join our Provider Validation Panel.

We are creating an expert panel to advise and update on the Digital T Level for future Q&A network events. If you are interested in joining and sharing your experiences, please email david.pautsch@pearson.com.

We have launched our curriculum planners. There are separate summer and autumn versions to reflect the recent decoupling.

Gatsby have been working on resources for the Digital T Level that will support teaching and learning. These have been created by industry experts like Raspberry Pi and our own examiners to support you in class. They will be rolled out starting this term, so watch this space and keep an eye on Gatsby's website.

We have worked with Cisco and their Networking Academy on teaching resources for Python and other programming languages used in the Occupational Specialism. It's completely free to sign up and become a Cisco Networking Academy centre.

Access the resources and find out more at the Cisco Networking Academy.

Legal Services

The Q&A network for Legal Services this term is on 9 November, 4–5.30pm. We will be answering questions and providing support for those that are planning or teaching this qualification.

Teaching and learning materials are being released over the coming months, and we have added to the first release of Fundamentals of Law by including Business Environments. You can find a scheme of work for the Core component on our website, and we will launch the Occupational Specialism scheme of work soon. 


Finance and Accounting

Curriculum planners for the Core component and Occupational Specialism component are now available to download from our course materials page. Also, don’t forget about our professional body support for the Accounting Occupational Specialism

The free training provided by the CII for the T Level in Finance (Occupational Specialisms: Insurance Practitioner and Investment Banking and Asset and Wealth Management Analyst) have been postponed, with new dates to be announced following Provider consultation this term. Please complete this short survey to help us ensure this delivery is right for you

Please express your interest if you would like to join our Provider Validation Panel and be part of the development process. This will give you the opportunity to feed into the content and assessment, making sure it is appropriate and accessible for your students and manageable for you to deliver as a Provider. 

If you have employer contacts who may be interested in supporting the development, please contact andrew.hambelton@pearson.com 

If you haven't already, be sure to bookmark our training and admin support page. This is where you’ll find:

  • On-demand training, including Getting to Know the Specification, Employer Set Project training, Keeping it Simple materials, and our termly policy update. 
  • T Level live training where you can search for events and book Q&A Networks and Getting Ready to Teach and Assess events. 
  • Training archive if you are unable to attend any of our live training sessions or want to listen again. 
  • Administration documents and support, including key dates schedules, Provider approval guidance, admin support guides for assessment, videos to support making registrations and entries, understanding resit rules, and much more.

Explore our training and admin support.


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