T Levels Information for Parents

Deciding what to do after GCSEs is a big deal for many young people. They may no longer have the option to go straight into a job, but they still face important decisions about what, where and how to continue their studies.

School or college? Academic or vocational? Full-time study or work placement?

Next year, those choices are changing!

Alongside the existing options of A Levels, BTECs, NVQs and Apprenticeships, there will now be T Levels offered at City College Plymouth.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give young people a head start towards the future they want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels.

The two-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placement together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

Students will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to give them the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

The T Level will help students to step straight into their chosen career, an Apprenticeship or a degree.

When do T Levels start?

T Levels are being introduced in phases. The first T Levels at City College Plymouth will start in September 2022 in the following subject areas:

  • construction
  • digital
  • education and childcare
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • health and science.
What’s the difference between a T Level and an Apprenticeship?

What’s the difference between a T Level and an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships suit those students who feel ready for the workplace at 16 years, want to earn while learning, and have already chosen a specific occupation. They spend about 80% of their time with an employer, learning on the job, and 20% in the classroom.

This is the reverse of the T Level, which will involve 80% classroom work and 20% work placement. Students will gain a much broader idea of what it’s like to work in a certain sector, with the opportunity to specialise later.

How can I find out more?

Come along to one of our open events and chat to the lecturers, tour the facilities and find out why a T Level qualification may be the right choice for your teenager.