T Levels

This level 3 qualification combines classroom theory with practical learning and an extended industry placement of at least 45 days.

Construction students at work

T Levels are new two-year courses introduced in September 2020 and are equivalent to three A Levels. They also attract UCAS points offering graduates the opportunity of moving into a job, an
apprenticeship or continuing to further study. T Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure students have real experience of the workplace. They have been developed in collaboration with employers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work. They provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study and help employers attract talent for entry-lvel skills shortages, develop future talent and capitalise on new ideas and a fresh perspective.

Around 80% of student time is spent at College with the remaining 20% being spent at their employer placement, that they gain through a recruitment process. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom.

Truro and Penwith College is the only Cornish provider selected by the DfE to deliver three T Levels from September 2020:

Digital Production, Design & Development

Education & Childcare

Construction: Design, Surveying & Planning

What employers say about industry placements

Find out more at Gov.uk

To find out more about T Levels, the business benefits, costs and finding the right student visit www.tlevels.gov.uk/employers or contact the College on 01872 242711 or business@truro-penwith.ac.uk

2020/21 T Level Courses

T Level Digital Production, Design & Development

Who is this course for?

This brand new course has been developed in collaboration with employers to give students the skills needed to work within the software development industry. 

Applicants require a minimum of grade 4 in maths and either grade 3 in English or be willing to complete Functional Skills English which will be offered alongside the course.

What will students learn?

This T Level consists of a Core Component, Occupational Specialism and Industry Placement. The Core Component topics include; fundamentals of data, physical and cloud systems, legislation and security. Occupational specialism topics covered include; systems analysis, designing and developing software, testing software, maintaining and supporting software, developing software in a collaborative environment and legal and regulatory requirements. Industry placements are a minimum of 45 working days but can last longer and will focus on developing practical and technical skills.

What careers will it prepare students for?

Careers within the Software Development Industry including Software Testing, Software Development, Games Design, Web Development and Database Administration.

T Level Education & Childcare

Who is this course for?

This T Level will appeal to students with and interest in education and childcare. In addition to College studies, a placement within a childcare/education setting for a minimum of 45 days will develop practical work experience in the sector.

Students will need a grade 4 in both English and Maths. 

What will students learn?

In 2020 the Education pathway and Early Years pathway will be offered. These pathways will consist of studying core topics to gain knowledge and understanding, an industry placement and occupational specialist topics. Core topics include: An overview of childcare and education (0-19), child development, supporting education, safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing, behaviour, observation and assessment, equality and diversity, Special Educational Needs and disability, English as an additional language, parents, families and carers, working with others and reflective practice. Students will study and be assessed on occupational specialism topics.

What careers will it prepare students for?

On successful completion of the Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education, students will be ideally placed to seek employment in a variety of roles, such as a Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Teaching Assistant, or Learning Assistant. Alternatively, they may continue on to Higher Education courses in Early Years and Family Studies, or Primary Teaching.

T Level Construction: Design, Surveying & Planning

Who is this course for?

Students with an interest in technical construction or civil engineering will be attracted to this T Level.

They will need a minimum of grade 4 in maths and either grade 3 in English or be willing to complete Functional Skills English which will be offered alongside the course.

What will students learn?

This T Level consists of a Core Component, Occupational Specialism and an Industry Placement. Students will study a number of core and specialist modules to develop their knowledge, understanding and competence including health and safety, science, design, construction and the built environment industry, sustainability, measurement, building technology, information and data, relationship management, digital technology, construction business structure, project management, law valuations, material properties, structural elements, loading and potential failure, maths for structural analysis, structural mechanics, maths techniques, geology and setting out earthworks. In addition to modules studied at College, students will spend a significant amount of time learning in the workplace. They will be guided and supported to develop skills and competence, applying what theyF have learnt to a real-world scenario.

What careers will it prepare students for?

With further training this qualification could lead to many careers within the building industry including Construction Site Engineering, Building Control, Geospatial Surveying and Town Planning.