Jack Croucher, 18, from Pool, Redruth, studies his T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning at Truro College. He is being supported by Corinthian Homes, the company he does his T Level work placement with, to go on to do a ‘BSc Construction Project Management’ degree at the University of Plymouth, while continuing to work with them.
Jack applied for university as soon as UCAS applications opened in September 2021 at the start of his second year of his T Level, so he could be the first T Level student ever to get a university place.
“It’s turned out better than I ever imagined it would be,” said Jack. “T Levels are a great option. My T Level allowed me to have success. I’ll be working with Corinthian while getting my degree. It’s cool, I’ll be getting work done, getting money, and a degree. T Levels are more flexible than other courses and give you a wider experience.”
T Levels are two-year technical qualifications for 16-18-year-olds that started in September 2020. Equivalent to three A Levels and designed to meet the needs of employers and businesses, they feature a 45-day industry placement component, with a 80% classroom, 20% work split overall.
Truro and Penwith College are one of the first providers of T Levels in the UK, with the first three T Levels ever offered starting in September 2020, and eight more at Truro and three in Penwith starting in September 2021.
The ‘Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning’ T Level which Jack studies could lead on to many careers within the construction industry including site engineering, management, surveying and planning. Areas studied range from science, design, construction, sustainability, maths, geology, relationship management, health and safety, maths, law and digital technology.
T Level students spend a significant amount of time learning in the workplace. As seen with Jack, often significant relationships can be developed with the organisation where you do your work placement, leading to employment, further study and extended career opportunities.
“I thought the T Level was a good option for me since I knew it would explore various sectors within construction, from both a management point of view and a more hands-on approach,” Jack says.
“In the first year our main project was planning, designing, constructing and marketing a potential housing estate. This allowed us to learn about all elements of modern construction, design and installation, offsite production, volumetric construction, panelised production, and more. After all of my hard work, and with the support from my tutor, I was delighted to achieve a grade A for the first year.
“On my placement with Corinthian Homes in Hayle I shadowed design leaders, mechanical and electrical managers, commercial managers and various construction operatives. My ambition is to become a site manager and I believe the T Level has really enabled this to become a reality.”
Richard Billington, Programme Team Leader for Construction at Truro College, said: “We’re proud of our T Level students. Jack has done well, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing stories in ten years of how well he’s done in his career. I invite him now to come back in the future to tell us all about it. He is an indication of the good things we’re doing here with our excellent teaching, facilities, staff and students. There is a lot to be proud of.”
You can find out more about T Levels at Truro and Penwith College at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/what-to-study/further-education/t-levels and more about T Levels at www.tlevels.gov.uk/.