T Level November 2021 Update

Qualification news | 11 November 2021

Welcome to our November T Levels bulletin.

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Digital news

The Digital T Level Network event in October was well attended and was mainly focused on the experiences of the 2020 T Level provider Fareham College. Debbie Eacott delivered a frank and open experience of dealing with every aspect of T Levels. Her presentation delved into the concepts of designing the T level (being part of the original Provider Validation Panel), all the way through to pitching the qualifications to parents and students. A recording of her presentation will be available on the T Levels webpage.

Our process to review and update the Digital T Level is underway – thank you to Providers who have taken part in this. These changes will need to be validated by employers so if you work with one who’d be interested or are a digital employer who’d like to collaborate on T Levels, please contact atif.khan@pearson.com

Construction news

Thanks to those of you who attended the October Construction network event, which included a useful session on teaching practice and experience led by Exeter College, with contributions from others. For the Forthcoming Network event on 30th November we hope to provide a more formal training session on delivering the occupational specialisms (TBC), following feedback from providers who've asked for more guidance on this element.

We are working with DFE on communications to HEIs for the T Level, holding a session later this month to improve awareness and acceptance for admissions to construction-related degrees. A particular focus will be on the level and coverage of maths, a grounding of which is essential to engineering-related disciplines. This follows the recent confirmation by the Joint Board of Moderators that the T Level can meet the EngTech Educational Base for Civil, Structural and Highways Engineers, so we are hopeful that HEI acceptance will continue to increase.

Our process to review and update the Construction T Level is underway – thank you to Providers who have taken part in this. These changes will need to be validated by employers so if you work with one who’d be interested in collaborating on T Levels, please contact gabriel.staples@pearson.com

Accounting and Finance news

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 and we hope to have published versions available this month.

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 advance of the spring 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 Specification page of the Technical Qualification, under useful documents.

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 is closed. Late registrations started on 02 November and run until 23 December 2021. After which, we will enter the very late registration period.

A support video on how to make registrations and manage student details can be found on our Provider page.

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

Any entries received for the Core Exams are now classed as a very late entry, and therefore be subject to very late entry fees. If you need any assistance, contact the Pearson Support Portal.

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.

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.

We are now in the late entry period, 06 October 2021 – 06 February 2022, therefore late entry fees will apply

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

  • Introduce T Levels to your team with this short webcast
  • 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 page

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.

All the best,
The Pearson T Levels Team