22 March 2019

T Levels Update

T Levels are new courses which will be introduced from September 2020 for young people following their GCSEs. T Levels will be two years in length and offer students a mixture of classroom based and practical learning opportunities, combined with 45 days’ work experience. Completing a T Level will provide a student with UCAS points which they could use towards applying for a university place.

From September 2020, three T Levels will be available for students across England, including Construction Design, Surveying and Planning. Pearson have been awarded the contract to deliver the Design, Surveying and Planning T Level and will be working with a panel of employers over the coming months to design the programme content.

From September 2021, two further construction T Levels, On Site Construction and Building Engineering Services will be available.

Content for the On Site Construction T Level has now been agreed by the T Level Panel and it is expected that the content for this and Building Engineering Services will be put out to tender in the coming months.

The Government has announced which colleges will be delivering construction T Levels during 2020 and 2021.

There is still some concern from industry over how the T Levels will be supported by industry and  :

  • How T Levels will fit into the progression route for young people, particularly in light of upcoming review of 4 and 5 qualifications
  • How work placements can meet the needs of both employers and young people
  • Whether young people will be competent in their chosen field at the end of their T Level and if not, how industry can support the young person to gain competence.

The Construction Leadership Council set out in its Skills Strategy and Action Plan that a structured work experience programme should be developed to support employers in committing to T Levels, which is supported by CITB in its Business Plan.

Further information on T Levels is available via the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.