New T Levels – combine your studies with ‘on-the-job’ learning

Here at Cirencester College we are very pleased to be one of the first colleges in the country to be offering T Levels, new technical courses launching in 2020. The 2 year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to help you get the skills and knowledge you need and open the door to highly skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or higher level study.

T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 3 month industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.  The course will take two years to complete, offering a technical alternative to A Levels. Around 80% of your time will be spent at college with the remaining 20% being spent at your placement.  This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and more suited to those who feel ready to enter the workforce at 16.

The first T Levels will be offered in September 2020, so if you are currently in Year 10, you’ll be among the first with the opportunity to study them.  Initially, Cirencester College will be offering T Levels in Construction/Digital/Education & Childcare.  In the years that follow there will be many more subjects to choose from, including Animal Care, Catering, Engineering, Finance and Health.  Alongside specialist teaching in college, the industry placement will be a key part of the programme.  Experience with a real employer in a real workplace will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge you learn in the classroom to the job, giving you a taste of the world of work you can expect once you compete your studies.  This will give you the opportunity to develop the employability skills you need for your chosen career.

To find out more about T Levels, visit www.gov.uk/dfe/t-levels