Accrington and Rossendale College has been working in collaboration with employers and sector leaders to introduce a new trailblazing qualification for industry.

Equivalent to three A Levels, T Levels are a two-year advanced qualification bringing classroom and work placement together.

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to equip you with the knowledge and skills companies are looking for. Your T Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career, higher level Apprenticeships or onto a degree.

Due to the College’s vital input in developing the T Level, we are one of a select few in the country to offer this prestigious qualification, meaning you will be receiving a unique and industry-focused qualification that will put you one step ahead with employers both locally and nationally.

For 2020, we will be offering pioneering T Levels in both Digital and Education and Childcare. See our course pages for further information on these innovative courses.

Transition to T Level

What are T Levels?

The T Level is a ground breaking new two-year Level 3 study programme that will offer learners a mixture of classroom-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience. Designed in collaboration with employers and built on the same occupational standards on which Apprenticeships are based, this qualification meets the needs of employers and business leaders whilst preparing students for their future careers.

T Levels will be a vocational option offered alongside Apprenticeships and A Level courses, ideal for 16 – 18 year olds following on from GCSE’s. Equivalent to three A Levels, T Levels are a two-year advanced qualification bringing classroom and work placement together, with 80% classroom learning and a minimum of 45 days industry placement. These tailored study programmes are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experience companies are looking for, helping you to step straight into your chosen career, higher level Apprenticeships or onto a degree.

What will I study?

T Levels will offer students a combination of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 45 full working days.

As part of your classroom learning you will study subject relevant topics to give you the core knowledge and skills needed to work in the sector, as well giving you the opportunity to enhance your broader skills in English and Maths. You will be assessed through a range of external exams, assessments and coursework.

During your industry placement you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication, research and project work. You will develop professional skills for industry as well as the personal, social and employability skills you will need for the future. As part of this placement, you will be assessed through an employer set project.

What next?

T levels will provide the knowledge and experience you need to enter skilled employment in a particular occupation or continue with further study. Students achieving this qualification will have an advantage when applying for jobs within their chosen industry or when progressing into further study.



What subjects are available?
The first T Levels in Construction, Digital, and Education and Childcare will be offered in September 2020 by selected colleges and schools. Nelson and Colne has been chosen as a trailblazer and will deliver Digital Production Design and Development, and Education, and is the only college in East Lancashire chosen by the Department for Education. More subjects will be offered in the years that follow with students able to take a T Level in the following subject areas: Accounting, Agriculture, Land Management and Production, Animal Care and Management, Building Services Engineering, Catering, Craft and Design, Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions, Data and Digital Business Services, Design, Development and Control, Design, Surveying and Planning, Digital Production, Design and Development, Digital Support and Services, Education, Finance, Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics, Health, Healthcare Science, Human Resources, Legal, Maintenance, Installation and Repair, Management and Administration, Manufacturing and Process, Music, Broadcast and Production, Onsite Construction, Science
Who are T Levels for?
T Levels are ideal for post-GCSE students who want to get into a skilled job and expect to achieve 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
Where can you study T Levels?
Nelson and Colne College will be the only provider in East Lancashire offering T Levels in 2020, with an increasing number of schools, colleges and independent training providers offering them from 2021 onwards.
What are the entry requirements?
Nelson and Colne College will publish its T Level entry requirements in August 2019, but those choosing to study a T Level will be expected achieve 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
I’m an employer – what are the benefits of T Levels to my business?
By employing T Level students for an industry placement and creating opportunities for them to get on the career ladder, you will not only bring the right skills and knowledge into your business but will boost your reputation and strengthen links with your local community. T Levels are a way for employers to build their workforce and the business Benefits include: Extra resources for day-to-day tasks or one-off projects, Growing the skills your business needs, Upskilling existing staff through coaching and mentoring, A cost-effective recruitment pipeline for entry-level jobs, Bringing in imaginative and new ideas, A diverse and creative workforce, An opportunity to provide a positive experience for a young person
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