T Levels (technical qualifications)

What are T Levels?

T Levels are courses for 16 to 18 year olds that will be studied at the same level as doing A Levels. They are for young people who would prefer a more technical education when they come to College, rather than following a purely academic pathway, or a work-based apprenticeship.

T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • Technical knowledge and practical skills specific to the student’s chosen industry or occupation.
  • An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation. Watch this short Government video to hear why students find completing industry placements so beneficial.
  • Relevant maths, English and digital skills.
  • Common workplace skills.

Students who achieve a T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate which employers will use as evidence in their recruitment.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience.

When are they being introduced?

Barnsley College is one of only 54 colleges, and the only college in South Yorkshire, to offer T Levels from September 2020.

What can I do with a T Level qualification?

When you have completed a T Level course, you will be able to choose between moving into:

  • A skilled occupation.
  • Higher or degree level apprenticeships.
  • Higher level technical study, including Higher Education.

What subjects will be available?

  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Education and Childcare

These subject will be first taught from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover subjects such as finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design.

I’m an employer and I want to offer industry placements, is this possible?

Absolutely! Businesses who provide industry placements will be fully supported by their personal Barnsley College Industry Placement Coordinator throughout the process, from sign up to completion and beyond. Visit the Industry Placements departmental page  to find out more information. The industry placement team can be contacted by calling 01226 216 216 or emailing workplacements@barnsley.ac.uk

What else do I need to know?

As Barnsley College prepares to begin delivering T Levels in September 2020 we will be giving out further details. We will update this page whenever new information is released.

Need more information?

Government apprenticeship blog page

To read the Department for Education’s guide to the Introduction of T Levels you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels

Last updated: 2nd September 2020