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T Levels

We are excited to offer brand new T Levels from September 2021. They are a 2-year qualification and the equivalent to 3 A-Levels

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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. They are aimed at young people who will be finishing their GCSEs in June 2021 and want the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment or an apprenticeship. T Levels also attract UCAS points meaning learners can go onto university after completing the course.

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.

The pathways available on the Construction T Level are: Carpentry & Joinery; Bricklaying; Electrical; Plumbing; and Design, Surveying & Planning the Built Environment.

The pathways on the Digital T Level are: Digital Support; Digital Infrastructure; Data Technician; and Digital Production, Design and Development.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Two years of full-time study.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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