T-Levels are two-year courses that have been developed with employers to help you gain the skills and knowledge to secure highly-skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or higher-level study.
T-Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement that will give you the chance to apply this theory and gain genuine experience of the workplace. Around 80% of your time will be spent at college with the remaining 20% being spent at your placement.
This will give you the opportunity to develop the employability skills you need for your chosen career. After the successful launch of the Digital Production, Design & Development and the Education & Childcare T-Levels we will be introducing a Health T-Level and a Science T-Level in September 2021.
You can find out more about them below and express an interest to ensure we keep you in touch with the latest news on these qualifications. You can find out more about T-Levels here > T-Levels explained
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T-Levels will include an industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of your time will be spent in the classroom with the remaining 20% being spent on placement. This differs from an apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom.
T-Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement that will give you the chance to apply this theory and gain genuine experience of the workplace.
Around 80% of your time will be spent at college with the remaining 20% being spent at your placement. This will give you the opportunity to develop the employability skills you need for your chosen career.
The industry placement will be up to three months, although the specific length of the placement, and when it will take place during the two-year course, will depend on your T-Level. Placements could be undertaken as a block, or as individual days, depending on the model that works best for employer, young person and the college.
T-Levels are ideal if you have completed your GCSEs and want to get into a skilled job. They will enable you to build the knowledge and experience you need to get the job you want. They are being developed in collaboration with employers with a focus on giving you the skills employers are looking for.
Yes. T-Levels will prepare you to progress into a skilled job, but you can also choose to take further technical training, such as a higher apprenticeship or degree. T-Levels will have the same UCAS points as three A-Levels.
A T-Level will give you the opportunity to continue your studies and get a much broader idea of what it is like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise later. Apprenticeships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they wish to pursue.
To study T-Levels at Priestley you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 4 to 9, including English and Maths. To study Software Development you will need a 5 in Maths.
Priestley College has designated funding to help support industry placements, which can be used to support you with your travel costs.
T-levels are made up of a range of components, including concepts and theories, employability skills, numeracy, literacy and digital skills and occupational specialisms.
As part of the full programme of study, learners will also complete a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) in an occupationally specific industry placement, focussed on developing practical and technical skills. The placement should be with an external employer in a real life working environment.
T-levels are based on employer-designed standards, which will prepare students for highly skilled jobs or higher technical study. These are the same standards as apprenticeships.
As part of a T-level programme, students will need to complete an industry placement.
These students will arrive work ready and will be expected to complete 45 days of work experience covering 315 hours (consisting of 7-7.5 hours per day). Industry placement can be completed throughout the academic year and we would work closely with you to arrange a structure to meet your industry’s needs.
If you are interested in supporting industry placements get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about how employers can support T-Levels here > Industry Placements Explained
Minister Gillian Keegan discusses the value of T-Levels
For more information about the T-Levels on offer at Priestley read our brochure that further outlines the courses or view the detailed course profiles on this website or in our prospectus.