T Levels (starting September 2021)

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.

Rachel Melton, careers and employability leader at the college, said: “Through our strong relationship with employers, we have established over 75 industry placement places, which really emphasises the positive way in which businesses have responded. Students are benefiting from real work-related experiences that prepare them for the next steps in their career.”