Priestley College to provide T Levels

YOUNG people in Warrington will be some of the first in the country to study T-Levels – the new ‘gold standard’ in technical education.

Priestley College in has been selected to teach the qualifications – the only centre in Cheshire and one of just a handful in the North West – from 2020.

T-Levels will provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A-Levels ensuring thousands of people across the country have the skills to help the UK compete globally in industry.

Principal Matthew Grant said the decision would mean Priestley continued to provide the widest possible range of courses that would also include A-Levels and BTECs.

“This is incredible news for young people in Warrington,” he said.

“T-Levels will be on a par with A-Levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education after they turn 16.

“One of the reasons we’ve been chosen is because of our track record for delivering high quality academic and vocational programmes and our professional expertise in Childcare and Digital Technologies so it is something of which we are extremely proud.”

The Government has named less than 60 colleges and post-16 providers that will teach T-Levels nationwide.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it was part of his vision for a world-class technical education system.

From 2020 Priestley College – a part of The Challenge Academy Trust in Warrington – will offer T-Levels in ‘Digital’ as well as ‘Education & Childcare’.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Everyone should be able to have access to an education that suits them, but we know that for those that don’t choose to go to university, the routes into further technical and vocational training can be hard to navigate.

“That’s why we’re making the most significant reform to advanced technical education in 70 years to ensure young people have gold standard qualifications open to them whichever route they choose.”

Next week three representatives from Priestley College will meet Government ministers in London to discuss how T-Levels will be implemented.

Leading employers including Lloyds, IBM and Skanska have offered strong support for the new qualification.

“This is an exciting moment in the history of Priestley College and the futures of Warrington’s young people,” said Matthew Grant.

“To be able to provide the academic, vocational and technical routes at Priestley means our students will continue to have the widest choice possible as they make decisions that could set them up for life.”