T Levels are brand new, two-year qualifications for 16-19 year olds that will follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They combine classroom studies with a mandatory 45-day industry work placement which is directly relevant to your course, providing practical experience with an employer so you learn what a real career is like while you study.
T Levels have been developed as a clear alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships, and provide a clear pathway to skilled employment, higher education, or higher or degree-level apprenticeships.
T Levels are the right qualification for you if you know what job you want to do and you feel you are ready for the world of work. T Levels are an intensive course with a substantial work placement component to develop the skills employers are looking for.
T Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.
T Levels will consist of the following compulsory elements:
Around 20% of the time will be spent on the industry placement with the other 80% of the time in classroom study. Not only will students have a qualification recognised by employers or a higher apprenticeship but it can also be a gateway to further study at university.
Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. A nationally recognised certificate will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.
For students who want to progress to higher education, UCAS tariff points – a T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A-levels at A* – will also be allocated to the overall T Level grade.
To be accepted onto a T Level course, students will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-4 (A*-C). There may be additional requirements for your preferred course, details of which you will find on the relevant course page.
All T Level programmes include a mandatory 45-day (315 hours) industry placement directly relevant to your course, where you will put your learning into practice and develop technical skills through hands-on experience. The longer duration of these placements means that you will be able to really master the essentials, and employers can mould and foster your technical abilities, so you are job-ready, and be better placed to make decisions on the career pathway you pursue.
Newham College has built excellent relationships with leading London employers where the students will gain valuable experience in their industry placement.