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T-LEVELS

In September 2022, Heston Community School will be offering T-Levels in Healthcare Science and Business. T-Levels are new two-year, technical study programmes that will initially be available across 24 pathways in 11 industry routes. They are delivered in a classroom based environment with 20% of the time spent on an industry placement working in employer settings.

Alongside vocational courses and A levels, T-Levels will be one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19. They are an ideal qualification if you have finished your GCSEs and want the knowledge and experience to get straight into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.

One T-Level takes 2 years of full-time study and is equivalent to 3 A levels.

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why choose a t-level?
 

Created with business

T-Levels have been designed with leading businesses and employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need.

More than 200 businesses have been involved so you can be confident your T-Level will move you to the next level. You will gain professional development and specific sector skills in a real work environment.

Get ahead in your career

T-Levels give you the chance to learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.

Your industry placement will last for at least 45 days – when and how you complete it depends on the T-Level, the School and employer. Check out student views on industry placements.

Qualifications that count

When you pass your T-Level, you will get a nationally recognised certificate showing the overall grade you achieved - pass, merit, distinction or distinction*. It will also give details of what you learned on the course to help you move into skilled employment or a higher apprenticeship.

do universities accept t-levels?
 

Yes. As T-levels are advanced level 3 programmes, you will gain UCAS points to join a university. You can either apply for a degree or a degree apprenticeship. You can also progress straight into employment as you will have built key skills necessary for the sector.

Awarded UCAS points

Your T-Level will be worth UCAS points – a T-Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A levels at A* – and will be recognised by universities and other education providers so you can choose to continue studying if you wish.

UCAS Tariff points

T-Level overall grade

A Level

168

Distinction*

A*A*A*

144

Distinction

AAA

120

Merit

BBB

96

Pass [C or above on the core]

CCC

72

Pass [D or E on the core]

DDD

what's the difference between t-levels and btecs?
 

T-levels are advanced level 3 courses and equivalent to 3 A Levels. They offer a much longer period of industry placement [usually up to almost 3 months] and aimed at students who are very clear on the career path they wish to pursue. The course is a combination of in-class study and work placement.

BTEC’s are also advanced level 3 courses and equivalent to 2 or 3 A-Levels however, they have a shorter work experience period [2 weeks] and mainly focused on developing key skills during practical sessions in school.

T-Levels and BTECs are equally valuable to employers and universities. The only difference is the industry placement and work experience you will gain within the practical side of the course.

You will need to be more confident in undertaking a T-Level as you will work alongside managers and supervisors who will teach you a specific trade and skills, give you real job responsibilities and you will be accountable for your work.

For both T-Levels and BTECs, you will need to be dedicated, highly focussed and have a good sense of which career you would like to follow. Depending on your study style, you can choose whichever programme you feel would suit you more.

t-level business administration
 

This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

The Business and Administration T-Level will equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to progress into work or higher-level study.

Students will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% in a work environment. As part of the course, you will complete a 45-day industry placement.  This will give you a hands on experience in the business sector and give you the skills that employers value. 

What you will learn

Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including:

  • business context – an overview of organisational cultures and values, different types of internal and external stakeholder, different forms of governance and the impact of organisations on society and the environment
  • project and change management – an understanding of the common change management theories and models and how to support and improve projects
  • business behaviours – the importance of good communication and adapting social communication styles to professional standards and according to purpose, medium and audience
  • quality and compliance – the importance of maintaining and improving quality in all aspects of public and private sector organisations

Assessment

Students must complete two externally set exams covering knowledge from the Management and Administration core units.

An employer-set project will consist of a well-defined, real industry-style brief. The brief will be complex and non-routine, and will require the use of relevant maths, English and digital skills.

An Occupational specialism assessments will feature a considerable practical element and are composed of a series of holistic practical tasks relating to the specialism at hand.

Progression

The course will allow students to progress to Business degrees or Apprenticeships. T Level Students will be highly employable due to their experiences of work during their industry placement.  This qualification is intended for those who wish to pursue a careers in Management, Administration or Business Support roles.

t-level healthcare science
 

This two-year course has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

The Healthcare Science T-Level will equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to progress into work or higher-level study.

Students will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% in a work environment. As part of the course, you will complete a 45-day industry placement.  This will give you a hands on experience in the science sector and give you the skills that employers value. 

What you will learn

Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including:

  • health, safety and environmental regulations
  • principles of good scientific and clinical practice
  • experimental equipment and techniques
  • Infection prevention and control
  • core science concepts: cells, tissues, genetics, microbiology, immunology, human anatomy and medical physics

Assessment

Students must complete two externally set exams covering knowledge from the Science core units.

An employer-set project will consist of a well-defined, real industry-style brief. The brief will be complex and non-routine, and will require the use of relevant maths, English and digital skills.

An Occupational specialism assessments will feature a considerable practical element and are composed of a series of holistic practical tasks relating to the specialism at hand.

Progression

The course will allow students to progress to degrees such as Biomedical Science or Apprenticeships. T Level Students will be highly employable due to their experiences of work during their industry placement. Typical employment could include Healthcare Scientist, Radiography Assistant, Decontamination Technicians, Patient Liaison Officer, Clinical Analyst, Phlebotomist, or Medical Lab Science Officer.