The DfE are looking to publish their response to the T Level consultation in the Autumn.

T Levels are new 2-year, technical programmes designed with employers, from 2020, they will give students aged 16 to 18 a technical alternative to A levels. T Levels will provide a mixture of:

  • technical knowledge and practical skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
  • an industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
  • relevant maths, English and digital skills
  • common workplace skills

Students who achieve a T Level will get a certificate recognised nationally by employers which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom or workshop-based learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience in the in various industries and occupations including Education and Childcare.

Education and Childcare is one of the first three subjects that will be phased in starting from the 2020 to 2021 academic year with a small number of providers. The very first T Level subjects will be taught from September 2020 in in around 50 colleges and other education and training providers, which means children entering year 10 in September 2018 will be the first to be able to study them.

T Level study programmes will include the following mandatory elements:

  • a ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for their chosen industry and occupation
  • ‘core content’ specialist training covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’ 
  • an industry placement with an employer, which will last for at least 45 working days

To read the proposed content outline download: T Level Education and Childcare content outline