New qualifications go live as first T-Level students start

The first groups of students taking part in the new T-Level qualification have begun studying at New College Durham. The college was one of only four education establishments in the North East to be chosen to launch the new qualification and is the only provider in the region to offer all three T-Levels.

T-Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A-Levels. The 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or higher study.  They offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of approximately 45 days.

September 2020 saw the launch of the first three T-Levels: Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design and Development Education and Childcare. The courses have proved popular at New College Durham with the college meeting its recruitment targets in all three subject areas.

Joel Urwin is studying T-Level Digital Production, Design and Development at the college. He decided to do a T-Level as he believes the extended work experience element will help him achieve his career goals. He said:

“Work experience is very valuable within the IT industry and very useful to have when you go to an employer. When I finish this course, I’ll be able to get a job straight away or I could go to university with it as well.”

Andy Broadbent, Principal and Chief Executive at New College Durham commented:

“It’s very exciting to see our first groups begin their T-Levels. The qualifications bring classroom and work placement together giving students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and develop the knowledge, key skills and behaviours employers want. We are looking forward to supporting our new students as they progress through their courses.”

From September 2021, New College Durham will be offering four additional T-Level programmes when it adds Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health and Onsite Construction to its portfolio.

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