You may have already heard about the government’s proposal to change the current vocational education system and introduce new T Level qualifications from 2020.

Alongside Apprenticeships and A Levels, T Levels will become one of the 3 main options for school leavers.

T Levels are being introduced in the 2020/2021 academic year, and are designed to replace many of the vocational qualifications currently offered at level 3.

In the new 2 year level 3 vocational study programme, T Levels will offer students:

  • Specific practical skills and knowledge in a chosen industry or occupation
  • 45 days’ work placement at a relevant employer
  • Core English, Maths and digital skills

Within the programmes, students can choose the occupational specialisms they wish to focus on either from the onset or during their course.  After completing a T Level programme, students will have transferrable skills to use in the workplace, they may also continue their education at university or through an apprenticeship with an employer.

15 routes to employment (pathways) will be developed in 15 sector areas which will benefit from technical training, but not all of them will launch in 2020.

The first 3 areas of study for 2020 have been announced as:

  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Digital

By 2022 it is expected that technical routes will be available in all of the following areas:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administrative
  • Catering and Education
  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement
  • Social Care
  • Transport and Logistics

The qualifications are being co-designed by the Department for Education, Institute for Apprenticeships. Education providers and employers.

The structure of the new qualifications will be different from the current system.  The number of hours a student will study increases significantly from the average 540 hours offered now to approximately 1,800 over the 2 years (including work placement).

The work placement element increases to 45 days but can last up to 60 working days, making it much more meaningful to the student and employer. The timing of the work placement may be different depending on the qualification, some may be continuous clocks while others may distribute the work placement across the programme.

Visit The Government website for more in-depth information about T Levels for those looking to know more.