T Levels: Information for Employers

T Levels: Information for Employers

T Levels are a new qualification for 16 to 19-year olds, which from September 2020 start to be rolled out across the country. The T stands for technical and they will be taken after GCSE and will be the equivalent of 3 A levels. They have been developed in conjunction with employers and business to address the potential skills shortages in the future and will take 2 years to complete.

The aim of the T Level is to provide the students with practical skills and knowledge in their chosen industry alongside core English, maths and digital skills with the addition of a minimum 315 hours (45 days) of meaningful industry placement with an employer.

Which T Levels are available at Heart of Worcestershire College ?

HoW College currently offers the following T-Levels:


Education and Childcare

This T level develops the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career as an early years practitioner or primary school teacher through this new T level qualification.

This two year course covers all aspects of children’s learning and development, with a 750 hour industry placement providing valuable practical experience to support your chosen career aspirations.

More information can be found by contacting Bridget Robinson: brobinson@howcollege.ac.uk

Digital Production, Design and Development

This T-Level is aimed at learners who want to be software developers. The two-year course covers best practices in software design & development, how businesses work and how developers help support business functions. Learners also look at the ethical issues surrounding their role as well as legislative awareness and where the industry is moving with emerging technologies.

The occupational specialism allows learners to gain competency in their field through a practical project based on a specific user/customer scenario. During this, learners work through the development processes that form the cornerstone of this vital arm of the digital industry, from planning & analysis through to development of a prototype, testing & evaluating how effective their solution is in meeting the customer’s need.

More information can be found by contacting Bridget Robinson: brobinson@howcollege.ac.uk

Digital Support Services

This T level develops the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of digital occupations.

In Year 1 students will develop a general understanding of digital, but will also learn about topics specific to digital support services, including typical job roles and communication methods within the sector, fault analysis and problem resolution. Year 2 gives students the opportunity to specialise in digital support by applying cyber-security procedures and controls; learning how to install, configure and support operating systems and software applications; and how to discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge.

More information can be found by contacting Bridget Robinson: brobinson@howcollege.ac.uk

What are the benefits of a 315 hour placement?

The industry placement will allow you as the employer to develop new talent and get young people work ready as well as bringing other benefits:

  • Can help with entry-level recruitment and reduce recruitment costs
  • Develops current staff in their mentoring and management skills
  • Young people can often bring a new perspective into a workplace
  • A placement may provide that extra help with projects
  • It’s a great way of supporting your local community which brings its own benefits.
  • How can I as an employer get involved?

If you feel you would like to find out more about offering industry placement or partnering with the college to support our learners find out more about your business, please contact Bridget Robinson via brobinson@howcollege.ac.uk

What other post 16 choices are there?

The T Level sits alongside A levels and apprenticeships and will be the main vocational qualification post 16 with 80% classroom and 20% placement. It will provide choices for young people:

  • Apprenticeship – Training ‘on the job’ for those who like the idea of 80% workplace 20% classroom
  • A Level- Academic route
  • Other vocational courses not following T Level.

Where can I find more information?

Further information regarding T-Levels and Employers can be found via the following: