T Level qualifications are two-year courses designed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that students are equipped with the practical and technical skills that meet the needs of industry and prepare them for work or further study.
Cheshire College is proud to be one of only a limited selection of colleges chosen by the government to offer T Levels in a range of subjects including Business, Construction, Digital, Childcare, Education, Engineering, Health, and Science.
Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Industry placements give learners an opportunity to develop their practical and technical skills in a role directly relevant to their course. They also give employers the chance to ensure that young people are developing the skills and experience that industry needs.
Industry placements can vary in length but must last for a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days). Most placements will last an average of 350 hours (approximately 50 days) although some will be much longer if required for a particular specialism. The College has a dedicated Work Experience Team that will support you with your industry placement.
T Levels have the same entry requirements as A Levels and both routes can lead to higher-level study at university. The difference with T Levels is that, if you know the area you would like to start your career in, you can gain valuable work experience to make you stand out in your chosen area from the very beginning of your studies.
Apprenticeships are valuable if you already know which area you are interested in studying and you have a specific job role or employer you would like to work for in mind.
T Levels will give you a broader understanding of your chosen industry with the option to specialise once you complete your course.
Level 3 Courses
T Levels are structured in a similar way to Level 3 Diplomas and Certificates. However, the T Level courses have higher entry requirements and longer work placement requirements.
It’s the Government’s intention to eventually replace all Diplomas and Certificates with T Level courses but for now, T Levels are currently only available in certain subjects at selected colleges.
T Levels are two-year courses that are equivalent to three A Levels and consist of:
Once you achieve a T Level qualification, you could progress onto:
You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4/C, including Maths and English.
If you are aged 16 years and are not ready to enrol onto a T Level programme, we also offer a one-year Level 2 Pre-T Level preparation course to ensure you are at the right level to start your T Level course as smoothly as possible.
Assessments will take place through:
Students who complete their T Level will receive an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. A nationally recognised certificate will show their overall grade and a breakdown of what they have achieved.
In addition to confirmation that you have completed the 45-day industry placement and met any other mandatory requirements, the certificate will confirm if the minimum requirements for English and Maths have been met.
For students who want to progress to higher education, UCAS tariff points will also be allocated to the overall T Level grade.
We will be introducing new T Level courses each year. From September 2022, our additions to the programme will include:
Cheshire College is proud to work with over 500 local, national, and international employers across a wide variety of industries and are extremely proud of our partnerships. These relationships benefit our students immensely as they explore work placements, advice and employment opportunities.