Technical Education Information for Employers

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a new, 2-year qualification for 16- to 19-year-olds which can be taken after GCSEs. Each T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels.

T Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses. This ensures that the content meets the needs of the industry and prepares young people for work, further training or study.

How are T Levels delivered?

T levels offer a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience. 80% of the course takes place in the classroom, learning skills. The other 20% is an industry placement, to put skills into action. The industry placement is at least 315 hours which is approximately 45 days and helps students to rapidly develop their skills and increase their employment prospects at the end of their studies.

What is involved in the industry placement?

The 45-day industrial placement allows students to become immersed into the business, working full-time with you for the whole period, following your normal working hours.

How are they graded?

On completion of a T Level, students will gain a nationally recognised certification with their overall grade. This will be:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction *

It will also provide details of what was learnt during the course.

What are the benefits to employers?

Industry placements can support your organisation to

  • Find solutions for entry-level skills shortages
  • Develop your future talent pipeline as well as your current employees
  • Bring a fresh perspective
  • Give back to the local community
  • Generate new ideas

More information can be found about the benefits.

If you would like to support and access the workforce of tomorrow, with a placement or talk, email dorsetcareershub@bournemouth.ac.uk for more information.

T Levels on Offer in Dorset

This academic year has seen the start of T Level delivery locally. You can search to find a T Level school or college here. An overview of local providers and course start dates can be found below:

Courses starting September 2022:

Provider T Level Courses
Ferndown Upper School
  • Digital Production, Design and Development

  • Digital Support Services

Courses starting September 2023:

Provider T Level Courses
Bournemouth & Poole College
  • Digital and Computing

  • Construction

  • Education and Childcare

Brockenhurst College
  • Education and Childcare
Ferndown Upper School
  • Digital
  • Education and Childcare
Poole High School
  • Finance and Accounting
Weymouth College
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health and Social Care

Courses starting September 2024:

Provider T Level Courses
Bournemouth & Poole College
  • Health and Science

  • Business & Administration

  • Engineering

  • Creative and Design

Brockenhurst College
  • Digital
  • Business and Administration
  • Engineering
Kingston Maurward College
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Construction
The Blandford School
  • Digital
  • Health and Science
Twynham School
  • Education and Childcare
  • Health and Science
  • Creative and Design
Weymouth College
  • Creative and Design
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Engineering
  • Business and Administration 
  • Construction
  • Digital

The Careers & Enterprise Company have created several resources to support the promotion of technical education pathways. The link can be found here.

Where can I find out more?

To pledge your support or find out more about offering a T Level placement, email dorsetcareershub@bournemouth.ac.uk.

For an overview of T Levels, the subjects and to hear current employer and student stories, head to the T Levels website.