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T Levels at York College - Coming Soon

Technical Levels are a set of new qualifications, programmed to begin for some courses from 2020, to support students in the development of technical and professional skills to ensure that employers gain employees whose skills have been honed for the workplace.

Part of a Technical Level (T Level) will be a substantial work placement in an area related to the student’s subject and are called Industry Work Placements. Students will be expected to complete 315+ hours of external work placement time, supported fully by the employer and the College. This equates to 45-60 days in industry. The placement will provide students with a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom in a real work situation and ensure that they are 100% work ready when they leave their time in College.

York College has been Chosen to Pilot Brand New T Level Qualifications

York College is delighted to announce that it has been selected to be part of the Government’s drive to establish world leading UK technical education.

The Government’s new drive to improve technical education across a range of areas is to be launched in 2020 with brand new T Level qualifications in Construction, Childcare and Digital Technologies. These will involve employers directly in the delivery of courses and will provide students with a fantastic opportunity to develop high quality technical skills and experience of the workplace in one qualification.

We are delighted to have been chosen to be one of a small number of Colleges to be part of this scheme, and the partnership bid to be a prestigious Institute of Technology, involving colleges, universities and businesses across York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and the Humber, has also been one of the few chosen to go through to Stage Two. This could mean that York College would be one of only fifteen Institutes of Technology in the country.

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal said: "York College has always worked hard to build partnerships with employers so that our students are ready to take up really good careers in local industries, and we are delighted that our two bids have been successful so far. Hopefully, this will mean that we will receive significant investment to underpin our skills training in important areas for the economy and we can therefore make sure that our students continue to work with the very best staff, on state of the art equipment, and in partnership with key employer partners."

See below York College Principal Dr Alison Birkinshaw interviewed on BBC Breakfast News (Sunday 27th May 2018):