The government has published the full list of providers who have been selected to deliver T Levels in the 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic year and the T Levels they intend to deliver.
From September 2021, the selected providers for wave 2 (2021 to 2022 academic year) will deliver the new Technical qualifications in Construction with City & Guilds and EAL.
T Level Professional Development offer from the Education and Training Foundation
T Levels action plan
This is the third T Level action plan which the Department for Education has published and aims to provide an implementation update for individuals and organisations interested in T Levels.
Action plan includes information on:
There will be six core elements to the offer, which have been designed by experts and in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, T Level panels and industry specialists, and following feedback from the first phase of TLPD support. The offer will continue to be shaped around the workforce's needs alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum requirements.
Please fill out their online Expression of Interest form to receive direct and relevant updates. You will need to include; your role, region, and T Level subject area, so they can let you know as soon as the CPD most appropriate to you becomes available.
Visit the dedicated website for more information.
T Level transition programme
The government has appointed the Association of Colleges (AoC) to run the T Level transition framework support programme. Working with their partners, The Challenge Network (TCN) they will support volunteer T Level providers who get involved in phased implementation of the T Level transition framework, running up to first delivery in 2020 and 2021. They will:
Additional one-off payments for 2020 providers
In recognition of the additional costs that are unique to early T Level providers, the DfE will introduce additional one-off payments to providers for each new T Level introduced in 2020, and also for providers introducing the Transition Framework in 2020.
Learn more funding delivery for T Levels
T Levels Branding: The NexT Level
New T Level branding has been unveiled to boost awareness of the new courses ahead of the 2020 rollout. The ‘NexT Level’ brand logo, which has been designed in consultation with employer panel members, further education providers, young people, and parents, will enable 2020 providers to promote the benefits of T Levels to young people in the process of deciding their route into post-16 education.
Find out more at the NexT Level branding
T Levels Research Study: How Are Providers Preparing for Delivery?
Recent research from the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) provides an independent evidence-informed picture of how provider organisations are preparing to deliver the first three T Levels in Digital, Construction, and Education and Childcare, from September 2020.
The research involved in-depth, semi-structured interviews with senior/middle leaders with organisation-wide responsibility for T Levels in half (25) of the first 50 providers of the three T Levels.
Read the full research and findings
T Level Professional Development offer from the Education and Training FoundationThe Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced the launch dates for its high-quality T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer, starting to become available from 1 September. The TLPD offer will support eligible providers delivering the T Levels in 2021, to ensure they are well equipped to teach T Levels from the first day.
Frequently asked questions
What are T Levels?
They have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.
T Levels will offer learners a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide young learners with the knowledge and experience needed to progress into employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
Who are developing the TQs?
AOs are required to follow a procurement process set by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) in order to develop the TQs. The successful AO is responsible for the specification development and assessment delivery of the TQ awarded.
What will the TQ content be based on?
The TQ provides technical knowledge, practical skills and behaviours specific to a learner's chosen industry or occupation. It will make up between 900 and 1400 hours of the two year T Level programme.
How will T Levels be graded?
The T Level certificate will include:
EAL will not be issuing certificates.
Who are the T Level selected providers?
How will T Levels work with other post-16 choices?
If a learner wants to start a T Level from September 2020, which of your colleges will be offering it?
Below is a breakdown of the T Level pathways and the AQ responsible for the TQs:
Wave one – September 2020 delivery
Wave two – September 2021 delivery
What is the implementation timeline for T Levels?
How can we access the TQ content for On-site Construction and BSE?
Get in touch with our team to find out how you can get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will the wave two TQ specifications for 2021 delivery be ready?
As a 2021 provider will I be able to see the specification/s earlier than September 2020?
How do I become eligible to deliver T Levels for 2022 delivery?
How would the timeline differ for eligible providers in 2020 and 2021?
Who is the target audience for an ‘On-site’ and ‘BSE’ T Level Pathway?
When will the final Wave 2 TQs in On-Site and BSE Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) be decided?
Will there be an equipment list that is needed for each of the occupational specialisms?
Do you have an IT requirement or license to practice (LTP) in either of these pathways?
Is there a bridging qualification so learners can access apprenticeships afterwards?
Which universities recognise and accept T Levels?
UCAS has published the tariff points for T Levels to support progression to higher education.
Note: Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS tariff when making offers to prospective learners, but if you’re concerned about whether a qualification will be accepted, it’s best to get in touch with the university or college directly for more details on their entry requirements for the particular course of interest.
What support is available for eligible providers in terms of teaching, delivery and assessment?
In the meantime, you can access the government’s NexT Level campaign which was launched on 7 October 2019. It has the information young people need to apply for the first of the pioneering T Levels starting September 2020.
There is also a new Department for Education (DfE) website for more information on T Levels.
The Education and Training Foundation has been asked by the DfE to deliver a workforce development offer ahead of T Levels. The T Level Professional Development offer aims to ensure that further education and post-16 providers are T Level ready. This means ensuring that teachers, trainers, and leaders have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver high-quality courses from the outset.
Visit their website for more information