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What are T Levels?

03 Feb 2020

T Levels are new courses which can be taken after GCSEs.  The 2-year courses  start in September 2020 and will be equivalent to 3 A levels.  They have been developed in partnership with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement.   They differ from apprenticeships, which are typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and are more suited to those who know what occupation they want to pursue, want to earn a wage, learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at 16.
The first T Levels, which includes childcare, will be available at selected colleges, schools and other providers in September 2020 with more offering them from 2021 onwards.  They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to gain entry into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.  The first childcare students will leave with level 3 T level DfE approved qualification in 2022, however, there are no local providers who have confirmed they’ll be offering these in 2020.

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