T Levels

A new T-Level qualification will be available at Lakes College from September 2021.

T-Levels are a two-year qualification that will give young people a head start toward the future they want.

They bring classroom learning, an extended industry placement and practical learning together on a course designed with businesses and employers. Students will spend 80 per cent of the time in high standard technical classrooms and workshops at Lakes College. The remaining 20 per cent will be spent on an industrial placement with an employer to assist with the development of knowledge and skills which companies look for.

A T-Level programme is equivalent to three A-levels and attracts UCAS points meaning learners can go onto university after completing the course.

Assistant principal at the college, Daniel Braithwaite, is looking forward to the roll-out.

He said: “We are very excited to secure this fantastic opportunity for young people in West Cumbria and the surrounding areas to access a technical pathway, providing an excellent opportunity to sixth form.

“Too many students embark on A-Levels following inconsistent and sometimes incorrect career guidance information.

“Many high level career pathways are accessible through both higher and degree apprenticeship routes, which unfortunately are not always promoted effectively or at all to pupils and parents at options or open events.”

Mr Braithwaite added: “This is a welcomed change to the education landscape with employers actively engaged in designing and supporting the delivery of T-Levels as a route into employment.”

T-Levels at Lakes College are aimed at young people who will be finishing off their GCSEs in June 2021 and want the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

From September 2021, the college will offer T-Level programmes in four areas – the only college in Cumbria to do so. The areas are digital, construction, education and childcare and health and science.


Frequently Asked Questions about T-Levels

What are T-Levels?

T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want.

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. The 2-year qualification brings classroom and work placement together, on a course designed with employers and businesses.


When do T Levels begin?

The first wave of T levels launched in September 2020 at several colleges and schools. Lakes College is part of the second wave, and will be offering T Levels from September 2021.


How long does a T Level take to complete?

Two years of full-time study.


When can I apply?

You can apply now for a T Level course starting in September 2021. If you would like more information about the courses, please contact our admissions team on 10946 839300 (option 2) or email admissions@lcwc.ac.uk

Visit our course pages to find more details about how to apply.


How long is the industry placement?

An industry placement lasts around 45 days, undertaken as a block or as individual days. The specific length of the placement and when it will take place will differ dependng on your T Level.


Is this the right path for me?

T Levels are ideal if you have cmpleted your GCSEs and want to get the knowledge and experience needed to get a skilled job.


Can I go to university after a T Level?

Yes, you can. T Levels get you work ready, but you can continue studying with a higher apprenticeship or degree.


Will they be recognised by employers?

T Levels are designed with businesses and employers, to make sure you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for in an employee.


Why would I choose an unpaid T Level over an apprentice?

T Levels give you the opportunity to experiecne an industry while you continue your studies, with the opportunity to specialise later. While gaining practical experience, you also achieve the qualifications needed to move into a higher level of study, if you choose to later.

Apprentcieships are paid, work-based training for those who know what occupation they want to pursue.



If you’re interested in applying for a T-Level, email admissions@lcwc.ac.uk or call 01946 839300, option 2.