T Levels

Pearson are delighted to have been awarded the contract to develop the Technical Qualifications for T Levels in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development and Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning from 2020.

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Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK, said:

"The award of these licences recognises our long-standing collaboration and partnership with employers of all sizes to design, develop and deliver world-class qualifications in these industries."

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What are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels.

These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

Frequently asked questions

Pearson have successfully won the contracts to deliver the Technical Qualifications for the following T Levels:

  • Construction: Design, surveying and planning
  • Digital: Digital production, design and development

At the moment, RQF L3 BTEC Nationals are funded for delivery for post 16 and most are on the DfE KS5 performance tables. We will continue to lobby to the DfE that they have an important purpose alongside T Levels in the curriculum.

QCF L3 BTECs are also funded for post 16 delivery, however they are not on DfE KS5 performance tables. We will be extending them to allow for new registrations up to 31 August 2020. The DfE will commence a review of post 16 qualifications in 2019, which may affect the funding of some Level 3 vocational qualifications from September 2020.

The DfE have yet to announce timescales for the full roll out of T Levels, however we expect it to take a number of years.  

T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside: Apprenticeships and A levels.

T Levels will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). Total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over the 2 years, including an industry placement.

This differs from an apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and is more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue, want to earn a wage and learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.

It is unclear how T Levels will affect Applied Generals and Technical Qualifications at Level 3. However, Pearson are keen to hear your thoughts.

T levels are designed to prepare learners for specific occupational roles, providing them with entry into employment or progression onto an apprenticeship. They are designed to be delivered in the classroom, yet they will also include a substantial Industry Placement.

The T Level content has been designed with respect to the new reformed Apprenticeship Standards, and will provide good technical knowledge for learners prior to starting an apprenticeship. However, T Levels will not directly affect Apprenticeship Standards or Frameworks.

We have yet to make a decision on Wave 2. This information will remain company confidential.

Want to get involved?

If you're an educator keen to find out more about teaching T Levels, or an employer who wants to get involved in Employer Validation Panels, we're keen to hear if you'd like to be involved with our delivery of these new qualifications.

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How does it work?

T Levels consist of a number of components:

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An approved technical qualification that provides technical knowledge and practical skills specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation.

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A work placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation.

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English, maths and digital requirements (English and maths at a minimum of Level 2).

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Transferable workplace skills.

Each T Level will consist of 1800 hours on average over two years including the work placement of at least 45 days.

The content for the technical qualification will be based on the same standards as apprenticeships and will be approved by the IfATE.

What is the implementation timeline for T Levels?

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Sept 2020
First teach of wave one routes in selected 54 providers (Construction, Digital, Education and Childcare).

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Sept 2021
First teach of wave two routes (Construction, Digital, Health and Science), plus wave one routes in the original 54 providers and selected wave two providers.

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Sept 2022
First teach of wave three routes - yet to be confirmed.

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2023
First teach of wave four and beyond.

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