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T Levels across a range of subjects

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.

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45 days in-depth industry placements


Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Industry placements give students 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. 

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A Levels 
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:

  • an industry work placement of a minimum of 45 days (80% classroom-based, 20% on-the-job experience)
  • maths, English and digital competencies
  • the development of skills, knowledge, and behaviours you need to progress directly into industry
  • the application of theory in real work environments.
  • T Level’s form the three main pillars of education alongside A Levels and apprenticeships.
  • You’ll learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.
  • Your T Level qualification will be worth UCAS points.

Once you achieve a T Level qualification, you could progress to:

  • full-time employment ( students completing a T Level will possess the technical skills that are in high demand across the UK)
  • higher or degree-level apprenticeships
  • higher-level study on a technical programme
  • university to study a degree (your T Level qualification will be worth UCAS points).

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4/C, including GCSE 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 T Level Foundation Year course to ensure you are at the right level to start your T Level journey as smoothly as possible.

Assessments will take place through: 

  • exams
  • coursework
  • workplace observations (during your 45-day work placement)
  • employer project
  • End Point Assessment (EPA).

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, additions to the programme will include:

  • Business and Administration T Level Foundation Year
  • Management and Administration T Level
  • Design, Surveying & Planning T Level
  • Engineering and Manufacturing T Level
  • Maintenance, Installation & Repair T Level

Our links with industry

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.

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