Lancashire colleges to pioneer new 'T level', announces minister

Four Lancashire colleges have been picked to pioneer a new '˜T level' qualification.

Sunday, 27th May 2018, 10:51 am
Updated Sunday, 27th May 2018, 11:01 am
Blackpool and the Fylde College is one of four Lancashire colleges selected

Education secretary Damian Hinds announced today that four county colleges – Cardinal Newman college in Preston, Runshaw College in Leyland, Blackpool & The Fylde College and Nelson and Colne College – had been picked to offer the new qualifications to students.

The T level is a technical qialification which is college-based but includes a compulsory three-month industry placement.

The first three courses to be offered are in construction, digital and education and childcare and will be on offer from September 2020.

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The government is then planing to roll out another 22 different courses.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “T Levels represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to reform technical education in this country so we can rival the world’s best performing systems.

“For too long young people have not had a genuine choice about their future aged 16. Whilst A levels provide a world class academic qualification, many technical education courses are undervalued by employers and don’t always provide students with the skills they need to secure a good job - that has to change.”

Other courses planned from 2021 include finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative design.

Across the UK, 52 colleges will be offering T levels from September 2020.